The new lighting enhances the architectural heritage and creates a unique nocturnal identity for the city while generating significant energy savings.
In 2012, the city of Antwerp approved a master lighting plan that would provide an energy efficient lighting scheme for the entire city and its neighbourhoods.
As part of this master lighting plan, Susanna Antico Lighting Design Studio was commissioned to design a new lighting scheme for Grote Markt - the historical market square and centre of the city - and the surrounding streets with the support of Stramien Architects and Urban Planners. Eandis, the Belgian lighting operator, was to co-ordinate the project while the company Maes was assigned to install the luminaires.
The new lighting scheme was inaugurated on 27th February 2015 to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the City Hall. It was a first in public lighting as it perfectly combined LED technology with an aesthetic design. Schréder delivered a total of 1,300 LED floodlights to transform this square.