Førde Rådhus (town hall) is one of five nominated projects for the Norwegian lighting prize 2014.They summarize the reason for the nomination: The light design has participated in creating a house for the people of Førde municipality and has been well received. The building is a landmark building and strengthens the sense of identity in Førde. Nordplan and Mestres Wåge architects won the competition for Førde town hall because of their solutions that satisfies many meeting places, a good relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces, and an airy and recognizable architecture. Lighting design plays an active part in working with these values and highlights the solutions. The recognizable building has a dramatic lighting on the facade to clarify the landmark in the evenings. The lighting system is of a technically high standard with consistent lighting and with the opportunity for user customization. It is universally designed and utilizes special lighting in the stairwells to create visual guide lines.
The lighting prize was handed out for the first time in 2001. The purpose of the Norwegian Lighting Prize will be to focus on and highlight innovative and excellent lighting projects in Norway. This is done by highlighting exciting, well-designed and well-executed projects. Norwegian Lighting Prize may be awarded indoor or outdoor lighting systems, which exquisitely combines light design with an emphasis on innovation and creativity, technical quality and functionality, visual and aesthetic aspects, energy consumption and operating economy and universal design.