Guangzhou, China – One of the world’s tallest structures – the Canton Tower in Guangzhou – has become an even brighter icon of the southern Chinese city following the official switch-on of the landmark’s breathtaking LED lighting solution.
Philips was contracted to provide the lighting for the 600 meter-high tower - known locally as ‘the Slender Waist’ due to its distinct shape – is the world’s highest stand-alone TV tower. With the tower itself designed to be an integral and distinct feature on the Guangzhou skyline, Philips has worked closely with the Guangzhou city government to ensure that the Canton Tower’s adds to the city’s overall plan for the ‘night view’ in a balanced manner.
The tower has attracted immense public attention in China and around the world since its inception in 2005 and formal completetion in September 2010, and is an important focal point for Guangzhou as it is hosting the 16th Asian Games.
Speaking at a ceremony to inaugurate the tower’s illuminations, Liang Shuo, General Manager of Canton Tower Construction Co LTD. said: “The successful application of Philips’ advanced lighting idea and LED technology to Canton Tower further strengthens the position of this tower as an urban landmark.”
Lighting design is becoming an increasingly important element of urban brand identity, as cities and major institutional city residents use innovative solutions such as LED lighting to enhance the visual appeal of urban spaces at night.
“Philips is proud to be providing a pleasant and unforgettable lighting experience to residents of Guangzhou as well as visitors to the city,” said Lin Liangqi, General Manager of Philips Lighting Greater China: “We are greatly honored to be providing our innovative lighting solutions to the Canton Tower . This new urban landmark fully represents our ability to simply enhance urban life with light.”
A partner in innovation
Mr. Lin was speaking during the formal inauguration of the Canton Tower’s lighting installation, where he was joined by Mark Hemel, the tower’s architect, Duan Yanping, the tower’s lighting designer and chief electronic engineer of Changsha Planning & Design Institute, and Liang Shuo, General Manager of Canton Tower Construction Co LTD. The event also featured an international discussion program for urban designers, architects, lighting designers, specialists and academics from Europe and Asia-Pacific to exchange views about the strategic importance of lighting in improving urban image and establishing livable cities.
To ensure the Canton Tower lighting project was a success, Philips co-operated closely with the architect and lighting designer, as well as the tower’s engineering team to integrate 6000 Philips LED lighting solutions – a combination of highly energy-efficient ColorReach Powercore and colored Dynaflood high-output floodlights - into the tower’s complicated architectural 28-storey structure. The result is a colorful and dynamic lighting effect that fully displays the tower’s core architectural theme of a "ladylike nobility, elegance and colorfulness”.