The impressive junction in Birmingham, which hides a multi-story parking lot and provides a scenic backdrop for the city’s future railroad network, measures 220m x 7m (720ft x 23ft) and showcases 604m2 (almost 2000 ft2) of plants, making it the largest ‘living wall’ in Europe.

Living Wall Lighting

To add organic movement and vivid illumination to the living landmark, MBLD, the project’s lighting designers, and C A Sothers, the installation team, turned to elegant white light LED fixtures as supplied by Architainment Lighting.

It was established early on that an all-LED living wall lighting system was required as this would offer easy controllability and low energy consumption, all while breathing life into the dynamic concept with long-lasting, high-quality fixtures.

The primary design objective of the project was to bring out the unique perforated ripple texture of the panels that run the length of the wall.  To highlight the textured panels, the C A Sothers team installed 1ft and 2ft iW Graze Powercore (now specified with iW Graze MX Powercore) and iW Burst Compact Powercore fixtures, placing them in the gully spanning the base of the wall.

The comprehensive living wall lighting system, controlled by a Philips Color Kinetics iPlayer 3 DMX lighting controller, creates a shifting, glowing effect on the panels, enveloping the wall in alternating shades of warm and cool white light — a stunning complement to the pervasive greenery.  However, the team intent on illuminating the entire wall, didn’t stop there; they also mounted the iW Graze Powercore fixtures approximately a foot from the back side of the wall, highlighting the sweep of flora that faces a public walkway and enabling a full-bodied experience of the living structure.

Snow Hill Station in Birmingham has been shortlisted for a Lighting Design Award.