Lighting the way to a revitalised Carrum foreshore
The landscape lighting of the redeveloped Carrum foreshore has played a pivotal role in the successful upgrading of this seaside suburb shore precinct.
The project – which comprised a new pedestrian 'breezeway' link from the Patterson River through to the Carrum foreshore precinct – involved a combination of elevated timber boardwalks and conventional paths, a children’s playground, an open deck with lavatories and shelters as well as the upgrading of the car park and access road lighting. The final touch was the removal of all overhead electrical infrastructure.
The project team comprised Urban Initiatives (landscape architect), 2B Designed (lighting designers) and the City of Kingston’s Parks Department – a team with proven successes and a solid understanding of each other's capabilities. WE-EF provided light fittings for the breezeway, car park and roadway areas.
Kire Bogoevski from 2B Designed explained that his inspiration for the lighting came from the bioluminescence sparkle found in nature along many coastlines. He created this effect with random LED marker lights supported by tight pools of illumination on the boardwalk through the breezeway between the clubhouse and lavatory block. The washing of the breezeway with “Kingston Blue” uplighting helps to create the illusion of swimming under water. The deck area around the playground is silhouetted with additional blue light grazing the sand, further adding to the near-water experience.
High-quality LED fittings were chosen for the project due to their low maintenance requirements and superior lighting characteristics - the WE-EF VFL540 street and area lighting luminaires.
The overall landscape and lighting design has met the council’s objective of revitalising the Carrum foreshore and making it more appealing to residents and visitors alike from the perspectives of greater safety, usability and sustainability.
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