Perched on 3 hills at the foot of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains, the city of Granada is renowned for its historical and cultural heritage. In addition to the world-famous Alhambra and the Albaicín quarter, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the city is home to the magnificent 16th-century Renaissance masterpiece, the Cathedral of Granada.
As part of its Sustainable and Integrated Development Strategy (EDUSI), Granada "from Tradition to Innovation", co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the City of Granada decided to replace the architectural lighting of the Cathedral of Granada with a more energy-efficient solution to enhance its heritage. A call for tenders was issued and the contract was awarded to Javier Gorriz (DCI Lighting Design) and IMESAPI (installation).
From the city’s point of view, we wanted to restore the value of the Cathedral at night for the enjoyment and admiration of neighbours, residents and tourists, as the light from the previous installation was very scarce, practically non-existent.
Architectural lighting to enhance heritage and visitor experience
The city had several objectives for the new architectural lighting:
- enhance the heritage of the Cathedral to create a destination for locals and visitors after dark;
- reduce energy consumption with a more energy-efficient solution;
- adapt the lighting levels to the different spaces and activities taking place;
- improve the lighting in areas where it is required for technical or regulatory reasons;
- increase visual comfort for visitors;
- limit any light spill into surrounding areas.
Energy-saving architectural lighting preserves the environment
Just over 200 state-of-the-art LED floodlights were installed with careful attention to the cathedral’s façade.
A range of our high-performing LED floodlights - SCULPLINE, SCULPFLOOD, SCULPDOT, VALINTA SCOPE and NEOS LED - were chosen to ensure the perfect light distribution for the various architectural details while minimising energy consumption and light spill into the surrounding residences.
Fitted with warm white LEDs, they provide a timeless, classic light scenario for this historic monument.
All of the floodlights and the luminaires lighting the spaces around the cathedral are controlled by a wireless control system. The lighting levels can be adapted by the city to meet real needs and generate further savings.
Stunning night-time landmark for residents and visitors
The Cathedral has been transformed into a stunning nocturnal landmark that entertains and engages the local community and visitors. The intricate details that were once hidden are now revealed, giving structure and depth to the façade.
We believe that this project will increase the curiosity and expectation of visitors to see the Cathedral at night, not only from the surrounding area, but also from the many tourist viewpoints in the city. We also believe that word-of-mouth will encourage more people to visit the city at night.
A new unmissable destination after dark
The main objective of the new architectural lighting was to give the Cathedral and its surrounding spaces a new lease of life during the hours of darkness. The lighting has restored the Cathedral to an unmissable landmark in this popular tourist destination.
It was a privilege to work on this project with all the partners and the City of Granada.
Ultimately, we want people to view, admire and be enchanted by the cathedral at all times, including at night, which was not possible before. In addition, with the right lighting levels at the right time and the different lighting scenarios, we can expect savings of up to 80% or even more.