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Russia - The new landscape lighting for Alexander Gardens in Moscow


Named after Emperor Alexander I, Moscow's Alexandrovsky (or Alexander) Gardens are located behind the Iberian Gate on the slope of Borovitsky hill and stretch along the Western wall of the Kremlin from Revolution Square to the Kremlin embankment. In 1820 Emperor Alexander I, eager to restore Moscow after the great fire of 1812, ordered the construction of these gorgeous gardens in order to commemorate the liberation of Russia and Europe from Napoleon’s occupation.

Inspired by antique artistic motifs and architectural patterns, this green area consists of three different gardens the upper, middle and lower gardens – all of them conceived in the same landscape-planning style and richly decorated by a variety of trees (linden, maple, blue spruce), ornamental shrubs (lilac, jasmine, cherry, acacia, hawthorn), flower gardens and flower beds of tulips and roses stretching among winding paths, romantic ruins and small architectural masterpieces. As a part of the green belt of boulevards that flourished at the beginning of the XIX century around the Kremlin’s walls, Alexander Gardens contributed to the visual unification of this area harmoniously linking it to the surrounding city. Now one of the most popular destinations for Muscovites and tourists, Alexander Gardens have also witnessed many topic events of the Russian history.

Included in a massive architectural renovation project involving the whole Kremlin's area, the Upper and Middle Alexander Gardens have been recently restored in their landscape outline according to a highly conservative plan designed by the best architects and lighting designers in Moscow, who have retrieved and examined old photographs and relics in order to revive the pre-revolutionary layout of the gardens.

 

According to the new lighting concept, which  was aimed at enhancing not only the green areas of the gardens but also their monuments and architectural features, the crowns of large trees are highlighted by 51 TRIDENT CYM 150, powerful colour changers by GRIVEN, installed at ground level. The optics used have been specially selected for maximum visual impact on the extensive coverage of foliage and branches. Recessed LED fixtures have been used to wash with dynamic colours shrubs and low bushes: 95 GRIVEN DUNE MC RGBW have been skillfully embedded in the lawns in order not to violate the general harmony of the gardens' re-established natural pattern.


All the lighting fixtures are managed by a common DMX control system, capable of creating dynamic lighting scenes as well as managing each luminaire independently in real time and were manufactured in accordance with the technical performance of the contract requirements imposed by the specialists of the design organization.

 

DUNE MC RGBW is a highly performing LED colour changer specifically designed for exterior recessed applications. This compact and versatile fixture, also allowing beam positioning through 10° moving capability, is ideal for spot lighting and wall grazing owing to the wide selection of exchangeable optics groups available, ranging from spot aperture beams to wide distribution. Moreover, a 2000 Kg deadweight load capacity makes this IP67 rated light fixture suitable for ground mounting applications even in vehicular areas.

 

The creative transformation of Alexander Gardens instills a completely new perception of one of the main landmarks of Moscow. By nightfall, the most beautiful elements gain unusual colors and shades, reviving the shimmering foliage and colorful floral arrangements in a dynamic and unique mood that revamps the nightlife of the capital.

 


Products installed:
95 x AL4014 DUNE MC RGBW with wide optics
51 x AD3302
TRIDENT CYM 150

Credits:
Lighting concept, lighting design, equipment supply, installation and control systems programming: Svetoservis
GRIVEN’s Russian distributor: DSL Ltd.

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