Typology Collection-Lighting | 2021

PD24 Winner

Category:Lighting - Outdoor LightingLocation: Kalamazoo, United StatesDesigner:Designworks, a BMW Group company Manufacturer:Landscape Forms, Kalamazoo, United States

The Typology Collection is an innovative seating and lighting system that adds dynamic new dimension to any site, enveloping the visitor—both from above and below—in an immersive design experience. The comprehensive collection includes a modular bench system, sculptural area and column light, and a corresponding path light.

Systemic and adaptable, the Typology Collection lives comfortably in both new and existing architectural environments, guiding the movement of traffic and creating unique, three-dimensional spaces that invite and connect, surprise and inspire.


The materials are elegant and refined, yet resilient and enduring—cast aluminum and concrete run as a common thread through the collection to create a unified visual and tactile experience. Technological advances in manufacturing and lighting integration challenge preconceptions of form and space.

Two sculptural area lights, the Typology ring light and stick light, reach upward, artfully illuminating the space above the installation. Ring lights employ a circular strip of LEDs to create a solid ring of ambient light that, when viewed from underneath, is like a looking glass to the sky.

Typology stick lights break from lighting tradition such that the pole itself is one solid source of light. These vertical columns of light stake claim to the site, accompanying the ribbon bench across its diverse configurations and creating prominent visual landmarks. Typology path lights safely guide users throughout the space. Like a small-scale, vertical version of the ribbon bench, a concrete mantel encases the stainless steel core of the path light to provide a premium feel, exceptional durability and strong continuity in design.

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