Schréder illuminates the majestic Palacio de las Cortes in Madrid with a sustainable lighting solution
05/03/2015, Event News
The Palacio de las Cortes was built in 1843 as the seat of the Cortes, the Spanish parliament. This monumental building, considered to be one of the finest examples of late neoclassical architecture, is home to the Congreso de los Diputados, the lower house of the parliament.
As part of an initiative of the IBERDROLA foundation to support art and culture by preserving local heritage, this prestigious edifice benefits from a new lighting scheme since December 2014.
Located in one of the most popular tourist areas of Madrid, the building is photographed by the many tourists that pass by each day. The new energy efficient lighting had to highlight the beauty of the magnificent architecture and create a strong identity to convey its importance for the Spanish population.
Schréder, in collaboration with the architects, José Sánchez Álvarez and Carlos Salas Gutierrez delivered an illumination, exclusively with LEDs, worthy of this majestic landmark.
Discreet and very compact, the SCULPdot, SCULPline and Enyo floodlights provide a gentle and precise white light to accentuate the architectural details of the façade while creating a harmonious atmosphere with the surrounding buildings.
The floodlights use a mixture of warm and cold white light to distinguish the individual features: the portico, the six Corinthian columns and the triangular pediment.
A total of 18 SCULPline were installed at the base of the pediment to sculp the light and bring to life at night the symbolic statues that represent justice, courage, fortitude, harmony, science, arts, rivers, trade, agriculture, abundance and peace.
The SCULPdot focuses light on the Corinthian columns and bronze lions to highlight the architectural splendor and reinforce the strong identity of this edifice.
The 39 LED floodlights offer a very long life and consume very little energy, providing energy savings of over 75% for the city compared to traditional fixtures.
Inaugurated in December 2014, the sustainable new lighting scheme has transformed the Palacio de las Cortes into a visually stunning nocturnal feature that tourists and residents can admire.