The Netherlands

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

Nico Koomanskade 1021
3072 LM Rotterdam
The Netherlands

+31 (0) 10 485 5801


West 8 Brussels urban design & landscape architecture bvba

Waaienberg 123
1745 Opwijk

+31 (0) 10 485 5801

North America

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.

2133 Arch Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States of America

+1 347 371 2252


Amerika Plads, Copenhagen, DK

An iconic lighting fixture for America-Plads.

As part of the creative realization of the masterplan for a residential and office neighbourhood, Amerika Plads in Copenhagen, West 8 designed the Dragonlight as the street illumination for the new quarter.

From the original drawings of West 8, the foundry of Bruijs in Bergen op Zoom (The Netherlands) made a wooden 1-on-1 model that later was split up into cast patterns to produce five separate aluminum pieces (body, two wings, tail and head). Bruijs used sea-resistant aluminum, a special alloy of aluminum/magnesium and silicon, to create the lighting element.

The light fitting which allows the light to come out of the beak of the Dragon is produced by Se’Lux, they are also responsible for the specially dimensioned poles. Se’lux developed a special system in order to provide an appropriate amount of light output to create a pleasant experience for residents and visitors. The eyes of the Dragonlight are lit red, which completes the atmosphere at night.

The Dragonlight received the European Aluminium Award in the category of Industrial Building & Construction.

City of Copenhagen

Metaalgieterij Bruijs Bergen op Zoom (foundry) and Se’Lux (llighting technique)

© West 8