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Jess Perry, Electrolight.

"Our design vision was for a lighting scheme that would transform the Sound Tube at night by highlighting its architectural features"

City Link Sound Tube
— Melbourne

CityLink Sound Tube by Electrolight and AECOM

The CityLink Sound Tube has, for decades, operated as a noise buffer, shielding surrounding housing from the buzz of traffic. Electrolight was recently commissioned to design a new lighting scheme to enhance its architectural structure. Rather than upgrade the Sound Tube’s existing lighting scheme using modern lighting technology, the client, Transurban, chose to ‘start from scratch’ with a totally new lighting concept.

Photography: Courtesy of Transurban

Collaborators

  • Electrolight

    Electrolight is a multi-award winning, international lighting design consultancy.

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  • AECOM

    AECOM designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets in more than 150 countries.

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  • Transurban

    Transurban manages and develops urban toll road networks in Australia and the USA. We are a Top 20 company on the Australian Securities Exchange and have been in business since 1996.

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Light Project Team

Project Brief

“We were engaged by Transurban as part of its community engagement activities, to look at ways to enhance and compliment the architecture of the Sound Tube using light,” says Electrolight’s Jess Perry. “One important criteria was that the lighting needed to have the ability to be colour selectable, to provide an element of dynamism and allow it to create a connection with local and international events.”

SOLUTION

“Our design vision was for a lighting scheme that would transform the Sound Tube at night by highlighting its architectural features through the use of concealed light fittings that enhanced the repetitive structural language of the architecture,” says Perry.

HIGHLIGHT AND IMPACT

Electrolight selected a light fitting that was minimal in aperture and provided the essential technical requirements of being colour selectable. It also needed to withstand the harsh environmental conditions of the freeway.