Lighting up the past
Enel X's architectural illumination system
Enel X utilizes innovative technology and modern brainpower, and at times, it is inspired by the past. Since antiquity, many of the structures including bath houses, temples and basilicas were built to harness the incredible energetic power of the sun, to provide heat and lighting.
Enel X has engaged in lighting up the Eternal City with an architectural illumination system for the Pantheon, as well as interior lighting at other celebrated monuments and locations like Piazza di Spagna and the Quirinale Gardens.
These new architectural smart lighting innovations illuminate the beautiful aspects of historical places and the surrounding environments, and the city, along with its businesses and residents, benefit and become brighter as well.
Spotlight on a historic and unique monument
Over the last 30 years, Enel X has worked on over 1500 architectural illumination projects worldwide. One of the foundational aspects of a project such as the Pantheon was taking into account the incredible importance of how to highlight this historic monument by understanding how it would be received and perceived by its visitors, along with how to emphasize the monument’s most beautiful aspects.
A tailor-made lighting system
Finding ways to illuminate the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome was not an easy task, especially since light sources need to be adaptable for specific needs. Enel X understood that by varying the lighting system, once could create different moods and alter perceptions. There was also a need to minimize the visual impact of the lighting system. Projector size and positioning needed to be downplayed as much as possible, in order to ensure the illumination felt natural and magical at the same time.
Enel X developed an automated system which enables the forward movement of the projectors solely at the time of use, thereby preventing unpleasant optical disturbances and providing ease in the overall visual appreciation of the historic ancient monument.
The numbers game and energy efficient solutions
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Architectural illumination and future opportunities
Enel X is using the development of new energy sources for architectural illumination as a catalyst for change in urban environments. By enhancing historical sites and highlighting urban spaces, individuals are invited to rediscover their cities through a new lens. Enel X is dedicated to supporting businesses, cities and local governments in their work to forge a new path towards sustainable living.