“We’re thrilled to have brought back the light to a historical symbol of Padua, and above all, we are honoured to have as a backdrop the sky - the most ancient and evocative place where cultural heritage has been studied, protected and valued over time. This beautiful project enhances iGuzzini’s research and commitment to enhancing human wellbeing and benefiting the environment.” declared Andrea Sasso, iGuzzini’s CEO. The new lighting system ensures better lighting quality by reducing energy consumption and lighting pollution, a vital topic first approached by iGuzzini in the 80s through their advertising campaign “illuminare gli italiani
” (Light up the Italians).
Besides enhancing the appearance of the Tower, Specola's new lighting system, developed by architect Antonio Stevan, will also be an example of lighting excellence from various viewpoints: urban design, energy efficiency and decrease in lighting pollution. To illuminate the façades of the medieval building, four groups of iPro LED
projectors were installed on the roofs of the surrounding buildings. RGB projectors were also installed in order to provide striking chromatic effects for special occasions – these are achieved through the luminaires’ ability to blend red, green and blue LED light. The Sala delle Figure (Figures’ Room), is lit by Laser. Underscore
light LED profiles were installed into the six astronomical windows to create the effect of a luminous surface that is rhythmically repeated at the top of the tower. Moreover, the obsolete halogen luminaires in the terrace were replaced with iPro LED projectors, the same projectors used to illuminate the cupolas found at the highest level of the tower. The “La Specola” project, a virtuous declaration of respect for the environment, has been designed with directional wings that concentrate the projectors’ luminous flux specifically to the surface that needs to be illuminated, avoiding lighting dispersion, one of the causes of lighting pollution.
La Specola's new lighting system is part of a wider programme of architectural enhancement and energy efficiency undertaken in the city of Padua. This involves the new lighting system used to illuminate Giotto's frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel
and the forthcoming opening of Palazzo della Ragione
. These two projects are crucial milestones in the artistic itinerary promoted by the “Padova Urbs Picta” dossier through which the city of Padua intends to acquire UNESCO World Heritage status.