July. 2 2021

IALD Award of Excellence 2021

Light Bureau receives the Award of Excellence at the 38th annual International Lighting Design Awards for the lighting design at the historic Kungsträdgården in Stockholm, Sweden


Kungsträdgården is one of the oldest remaining public parks in the city of Stockholm, dating back to the 1700s. Originally reserved for the private use of the royal family it is now a beloved public space with a variety of events taking place throughout the year.

The new lighting strategy for Kungsträdgården highlights the cultural and historical value of the park. The luminaires, made up of two concentric cylinders, are specifically designed for the site and are connected to a two-tier control system, allowing the electric light to intertwine with the natural light throughout the day.

During the early evening, the inner cylinder, illuminated by an uplight module with a warm light source, is switched on, while the primary light source slowly dims up over the following 30 minutes.

The project was carried out in close co-operation with the city of Stockholm from concept to commissioning. The process included development and production of several functional prototypes of the proposed luminaire. The prototypes have been tested for seven years, both in laboratory and installed on site, to ensure their suitability, technically as well as aesthetically, in their intended environment. The mock-up installations were assessed on several occasions in close collaboration with the client, built heritage experts and the luminaire manufacturer. The design of both the new luminaires and the poles are carefully detailed to perfectly complement the historically sensitive site.

The finalized project is a timeless interpretation of heritage lighting in a prestigious environment. The innovative two-tier approach to the control of the lighting system adds subtle dynamics to a simple yet ambitious lighting scheme.






  • Lighting designer: Light Bureau
  • Project name: Kungsträdgården
  • Client: City of Stockholm
  • Project location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Date of project completion: August 2020
  • Manufacturers used: Ateljé Lyktan


About the IALD Awards

The IALD International Lighting Design Awards is the longest running award program recognizing architectural lighting design excellence. The winners were announced live in an online broadcast of the 38th Annual IALD Awards on June 24th, 2021.

Find more information about the IALD.


Kai Piippo

Head of design, SE