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Billy Bishop Airport Tunnel
Toronto Island, Canada

  • project Billy Bishop Airport Tunnel
  • client Billy Bishop Airport Tunnel
  • architect ZAS Architects
  • lighting designer Arup
  • electrical planning Arup
  • photographer Light Monkey Studio

Billy Bishop Air­port is Canada’s ninth busiest air­port, but its loca­tion on Toronto Island requires a trip across one of Lake Ontario’s har­bors. Now, instead of wait­ing for the water ferry, hur­ried trav­el­ers can uti­lize the 853 foot long pedes­trian tunnel, installed 115 feet beneath the lake’s sur­face. Moving side­walks in the pas­sage­way enable as many as 1,000 people per hour to get from Toronto’s main­land to the air­port in just six min­utes.

The scale and shape of the 32 foot diam­e­ter pas­sage­way required multi-direc­tional light dis­tri­b­u­tion along its entire length. Selux Pure­light pen­dants were the per­fect choice to make the long under­wa­ter tunnel feel less con­fin­ing. Pure­light lumi­naires were sus­pended end-to-end, with each 4 foot sec­tion con­tain­ing one T5HO lamp. The lumi­naires pro­vide effi­cient and safe illu­mi­na­tion and their tunnel-like shape offers a com­ple­men­tary fin­ish­ing touch.

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