Project Room’s winning design reimagines the traditional lamp post as a bundle of tubes where each service is assigned a dedicated tube fabricated from steel or aluminum.
Project Room, a Los Angeles-based design studio, has been selected as the winner of LA Lights the Way, a competition to design and create a new standard streetlight for the city.
Led by the Mayor’s Office and the Bureau of Street Lighting (BSL), the challenge was to consider how streetlights can incorporate new technology. This included space for text on each pole as well as provide shade to help ease the impacts of the climate crisis.
“Los Angeles is a place where the world comes to inspire and innovate, where we infuse everything with our trademark creativity, and where we always seek to invent new ways for government to be a force for good in people’s lives,” said Eric Garcetti, mayor.
“Project Room’s design illuminates a future that does more than brighten public spaces – it brings smarter design to our neighbourhoods, helps us combat climate change, and promotes equity across our city.”
Project Room will receive $70,000 for winning the competition with its Superbloom design. BSL said the design will not impact the standing of historic streetlights already in place across Los Angeles.
Instead, it will gradually replace the roughly 180,000 standard streetlights currently dispersed citywide. BSL installs 1,000- to 2,000 standard streetlights each year.
“What’s most impressive about it is that it’s not a single, fixed design but instead a family of forms that can be reconfigured in nearly endless ways. That adaptability will serve to future-proof the design”
Project Room’s winning design reimagines the traditional lamp post as a bundle of tubes where each service – roadway light, pedestrian light, and telecommunications equipment – is assigned a dedicated tube fabricated from steel or aluminum.
The design allows for additional features like 5G equipment, shade fixtures, and even a bench, to be added as needed. Project Room said that at a time of great cultural and civic transformation, "the Superbloom is an ever-changeable monument to an ever-changing city".
The entries were judged by a panel of six experts in design, lighting, and public infrastructure.
“The Project Room design was the clear standout for the members of the jury,” added Christopher Hawthorne, chief design officer for the City of Los Angeles.
“What’s most impressive about it is that it’s not a single, fixed design but instead a family of forms that can be reconfigured in nearly endless ways. That adaptability will serve to future-proof the design,” giving it flexibility in accommodating new technology as it arrives.”
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