Architecture, Patrimony

Architectural illumination of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Thorn in Châlons-en-Champagne


The lighting concept for this classified monument is to make the light flow through the building. The cladding being mainly limestone, the absence of lighting equipment in sight and the integration of fixtures to the building is privileged so that the light disappears in favor of the architecture. In this project, the objective is to illuminate as little as possible in order to eliminate light pollution. It is by playing with the shadows that the embossments of the building are revealed.


Lighting concept: Les Éclairagistes Associés
Project development:
Raphaël Jayol, Joseph Frey, Pauline Gabinaud
: Communauté d’Agglomération de Châlons-en-Champagne
Partners / Manufactuers: SOLILED | Pharos Architectural Controls Ltd | WE-EF | FLUX LIGHTING
Installer: Cegelec Châlons Réseaux
Photo credits: LEA
Localisation: Châlons-en-Champagne, department of the Marne (51), France