Saint-Cirq-Lapopie - FRANCE

A place Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, in the Lot department, is classified as the most beautiful village in France and the favourite village of the French. It is famous for its architecture straight out of the medieval period and the town’s classification as a historical monument. The identity of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is marked by its preponderance of stone houses with geometric shapes on the roofs, windows, and façades. The many diamond-shaped stained-glass windows also contribute to the uniqueness of the place.

A need As part of the village’s redevelopment, it was decided to renovate the public lighting to increase comfort for residents and tourists visiting the town. This project was led by lighting designer Philippe Gieu and a team of architects and landscapers from the local authorities of Saint-Cirq- Lapopie and the Lot department. The team’s primary concern was to adopt a solution allowing the village to find a new youth while remaining faithful to its soul.

A Schréder SIGNATURE solution Schréder SIGNATURE proposed customisation of the NAJACOISE lantern with a tribute shade to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. This one mimics the architectural details of the village, with diamonds in a set of solids and voids. Their positioning has been chosen to diffuse the light in an ideal way. The solid parts, which gradually increase in the upper part of the shade, allow the light to fade upwards. With the rounded shape of the luminaire with diamond patterns, the balance of solids and voids, and the material and the colour used, the whole lantern creates harmony between the lighting furniture and its environment. Warm white LEDs (2700K) highlight the Lot stone and bring out its warm side, while a console incorporating the heritage aesthetic completes the ensemble.

Lighting design Philippe Gieu


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