|Light planning||Patryk Steczek|
Mandoria, City of Adventures, was recently opened in Poland. This huge indoor theme park offers numerous attractions for adults and children alike: picturesque rides and boats floating through waterways and pools – as well as Europe’s longest indoor rollercoaster.
The unconventional architecture is the brainchild of the amusement park’s designers, who were clearly inspired by the Renaissance styles of the 1500s. The entire park has been devised as a 16th century trading city, from a time when flourishing businesses and mercantile transactions were interwoven with society's secrets and shady plots. The attractions are an integral part of the design, as is the light that subtly highlights the buildings and structures in the different settings and zones.
The main entrance has seen the installation of Kocca 3.1 wall-mounted fixtures, 2700K, cor-ten finish. Versions with 30° optics shine from the top down, while the same fixtures, with 10° optics, light the brick side pilasters from the bottom up. Moby P 1.0 projectors, designed for continuous immersion in water, have been placed inside a multi-level fountain made up of statues and elements in the classic style. Litus 5.6 outdoor recessed fixtures, 3000K, 17°, installed in the floor, are used to emphasise the plasticity of certain columns with white stone surfaces. A little further on, Litus 2.8 fixtures, 2700K, 13° highlight a colonnade with its large, round arches.
The same Litus 5.6 and 2.8 have been used for the entrance to the shop, which pays homage to the traits and textures of a classic Carrara marble building, while Lyss 1.0 projectors, with 10°x180° optics, frame the hollows of the upper floor. At the entrance to one of the rollercoasters at Mandoria Park, the Carrara coaster, Tago 2.0 linear profiles, 3000K, 17°, recessed into the floor, elegantly pick out the Doric columns with their fluted and tapered body, while the signs are spotlighted by Krill 3.0, projectors, 3000K, 42°, installed on fixing bases and 300-mm arms.
To the side, a baptistery similar in shape and colour to that of St John the Baptist in Florence, but with square openings, is illuminated by Lyss Mini 1.0 projectors, 3000K, 9°x160°. Positioned in the corners of the windows on the upper floor using the base for corners, they highlight the windows’ internal profiles. Elsewhere, the statues of two mythological figures that personify good fortune and prosperity stand below the Latin motto of the city of Carrara, Fortitudo mea in rota (“my strength is in the wheel”). They are lit by other Litus 5.6 projectors in such a way as to enhance their imposing physicality while adding drama through the creation of shadows.
Cortile d'Onore courtyard, University of Milan, Milan, Italy