MALL OF SCANDINAVIA, STOCKHOLM 104 PROJECT
Opposite: The 3,200 suspended
rods of the 3D pixel ceiling
emulate the Northern Lights for
Below: The four nodes of the
site are designed to create a
logical journey around the mall’s
Mall of Scandinavia opened in Stockholm in November, hailed by many as the model mall of the future. Tens of thousands of shoppers flocked to the Solna district
to immerse themselves in a retail environment where,
unusually, lighting design has been given centre stage.
The spectacular 3D pixel ceiling over the atrium in the
dining area alone was enough to drop every jaw.
The event was the culmination of a five-year
collaboration between ÅF Lighting and Wingårdh
Architects on behalf of client Unibail Rodamco. The
mall is vast, with seven floors and up to 250 stores
– many with double-height store fronts up to eight
metres tall. There are 20 restaurants and a 15-screen
multiplex cinema with the first purpose-built
commercial Imax theatre in the Nordic region. ÅF
Lighting designed the illumination for all the public
spaces throughout the building, from the functional
lighting of the underground parking spaces to the
extravagant light features in entrances, piazzas and
The 3D pixel ceiling, consisting of 3,200 suspended
two-metre luminous rods, covers an 80 x 80 metre
atrium in the Dining Experience area. The changeable
installation adds colour and movement to stimulate
the senses and entice shoppers to linger, return (and,
of course, buy). It effectively recreates the Northern
Lights for the awe and wonder of the shoppers.
The feature sets the tone for a lighting concept inspired
by the qualities of Nordic light and the Scandinavian
design tradition, reflecting changes in daylight. The
result is a landscape of contrasts, from the powerful
to the diffused and the subtle to the extravagant. In
order to realise such ambitions it was necessary for the
lighting designers to work closely with the architects,
from first design to final realisation.
The theme for Mall of Scandinavia is ‘unexpected
shopping’, so the installation is punctuated with
unexpected light experiences at regular intervals.
The lighting complements and enhances the various
elements of the journey customers are expected to take
through the mall.
It begins in the underground car park. Not for Mall
of Scandinavia the concrete finishes, raw lighting and
sinister shadows of conventional shopping centres.
Playful is not a term usually associated with car parks,
but as soon as customers enter the colourful area they
are greeted by a spectacular ‘light shower’, creating
the effect of raindrops on their car bonnet. As an
intelligent parking flow system guides them to a free
space, functional lighting lights their way.
‘The spectacular 3D pixel ceiling
in the dining area alone was
enough to drop every jaw’