TENSEGRITY MAIN MARKET STREET - THE HAGUE
In 2007 architect Lana du Croq of Ellerman Lucas Van Vugt architects (ELV) won the design competition for the redesign of the main market street in The Hague, ‘De Grote Marktstraat’. This street will get a chic look with impressive chandeliers, decorative paving and special benches.
In the streets vertical lighting elements will hang in pairs. Where streets cross or a square is present, the large chandeliers are hung. Both are tensegrity structures: a perfect cooperation between floating compression tubes stabilized by tension cables.
The approximately 700 m² large chandeliers are composed of, in horizontal direction connected tripods. These create a three-dimensional network of light above the three main areas of the ‘De Grote Marktstraat’ in Den Hague. In the streets between these chandeliers, the vertically-oriented elements will hang. These are again based on the tripod tensegrity module, however here in vertically stacked. These 7 m high elements illuminate the streets.
The network of light brings structure and lighting together. Compression and tension forces, form and function are united in one unique object. A strong multidisciplinary design approach was therefore required as the architectural design is formed by the structure of the tensegrity. The structural possibilities of the tensegrity were steering the shape of the final design.
The chandeliers connect the public with the environment. The lighting responds to the direction, speed and amount of people on the street, being interactive architecture.
Solid state, or LED technology, is used for lower maintenance costs and far-reaching possibilities with regard to the control of the lighting. The light in the nodes, where tube and cable come together, are dimmed to the minimum level of street lighting. In this way, there is the possibility to increase the brightness when a particular situation requires it or when light effects are desired.
as employee of Arup: structural designer and multi disciplinary project leader
three ± 700m2 chandeliers
20 pairs 7m high street lights
location : The Hague
client: Municipality The Hague
architect: Ellerman Lucas Van Vugt
structure: Arup Amsterdam
lighting: Arup Amsterdam