Brera Botanical Garden


Lighting is thought of in relation to the photoperiodism of deciduous plants. With low lighting values, the Botanical Garden is transported into a magical atmosphere, where the accent light, in a play of chiaroscuro and dim light, makes some places shine, revealing them. Light is at the service of nature




Milan – Italy


Arch. Matteo Vercelloni

The Botanical Garden was founded in 1774 at the behest of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. Historic garden ( 5,000m2 ) and splendid open-air museum, located inside the famous Brera palace which houses the Art Gallery, the Braidense Library, the Academy and the Astronomical Observatory ( la Specola ).
At night, accent lighting reveals some places in the space in a play of chiaroscuro and twilight. Small LED fixtures installed on the ground with pickets outline the cultivation paths and beds while specially designed fixtures with a light blade optic outline the trunks of the tall trees that enclose the garden in a sort of forest .
The architecture of the past present in the Garden area such as the observatory and the eighteenth-century tank in which water lilies and other aquatic plants grow are illuminated with direct light projectors.
The lighting project was designed in compliance with the photoperiodism of deciduous plants, therefore the lighting levels are kept very low: from 10 to 40 lux.