Form Associates and Speirs & Major work on San Diego bridge

A team including members from Form Associates and Speirs & Major has won an international competition to light the 4km-long San Diego Coronado Bridge in California.

The team is led by Form director Peter Fink, and Speirs & Major director Mark Major in association with Buro Happold. The team began working on the concept in August 2009, and beat two other finalists.

The lighting project is a partnership between the Port of San Diego and the California Department of Transportation and aims to be the largest interactive green lighting project in North America.

The winning concept envisages illuminating the bridge – which features over 30 60m-high towers – with wi-fi controlled, energy-neutral LED lighting. The ‘interactive’ lights will respond to the movement of traffic, and will use electricity generated by wind turbines.

Fink says, ‘It’s a combination of a very sophisticated light project with the approach of an artist. What sold the project to the city is that the light installation has got incredible flexibility – it can respond to special occasions, such as Halloween, and respond to music, as well as having a civic appearance on other days.’

It is hoped the project will be completed by 2014.

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