A Ray of Light in Utrecht


According to Landezine, Dutch landscape architecture firm Okra just completed a project that creates a line of light to elegantly highlight an archeological treasure at the heart of Utrecht, a city in the Netherlands. Utrecht is actually built on top of a castellum, a Roman fort once used as a watchtower or signal station. In this project, the castellum wall, which lies more than 12 feet underground, now becomes a new “reference point” in the street and square. 


Okra decided to intensify the ancient wall’s “dramatic potential” with a clearly “recognizable and mysterious dividing line.” The firm wanted the line to remain “silent,” just like the “quiet archaeological witness underground.”

At night, the ray of light only stops at the castellum gates. Okra also designed the project so “fragments of smoke” come out of the gutter’s metal plates, adding mystery to the light. It’s not clear what the smoke is or what system generates it. 


In addition, the light line is even more visible when it rains or mists.


Check out more photos.

Explore Landezine, a photography blog focused on global landscape architecture works. Also, delve into Vulgare, another photography blog that features a number of beautiful contemporary landscape projects in Europe.

Image credit: Okra / Landezine

One thought on “A Ray of Light in Utrecht

  1. Calgary Pavers Source 08/03/2012 / 3:30 pm

    The first picture is gorgeous!

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