In the context of the rehabilitation of the Niemeyer site, comprised of the buildings, the high and low plazas and surrounding streets (13,800 m² of exterior public spaces)
The lighting design of the public spaces that are home to the Volcano theater and the new library of Le Havre aimed to make the site more attractive and welcoming overall, while staying true to the initial architectural modenatures.
A ray of light integrated under the railing outlines the architectural form of the high plaza, which in plan takes the shape of a dove, and allows guiding the visitor.
While still paying tribute to its architectural form, the lighting of the Volcano reinterprets Niemeyer’s work with a ‘touch of light’ that is unidirectional, light and evanescent, coming from the South. This choice leaves the North face aside, which is dedicated to the theater’s current events through possible projections of information and videos.
Indirect lighting at the perimeter of the low plaza, bordering the acroterions, allows showcasing this work aimed at limiting daylight access inside the building.