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Press information 2017

  • 04/2017

    NIGHTSIGHT helps Zumtobel shed new light on outdoor applications

    Our lifestyle and needs, along with the way we interact with the nocturnal environment, have changed immensely in recent years. The development of NIGHTSIGHT reflects how the evenings and night-time hours have now become an integral part of everyday life. The result is a comprehensive portfolio that enables Zumtobel to offer maximum design freedom for consistent lighting solutions of every shape and every size in every kind of outdoor area - from stylish architectural illumination to the tasteful presentation of squares, streets and urban districts. At the same time, the key requirements for ecologically, economically and socially sustainable lighting solutions are effortlessly fulfilled.
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    The NIGHTSIGHT concept blends the latest lighting technology and high-quality materials with the principle of “Human Scale Lighting”, creating lighting solutions based inexorably around the needs of people. Alongside Ben van Berkel and the designers from UNStudio in Amsterdam, Zumtobel has created a modular product family of LED lighting tools that uses one single design to solve a vast array of complex and differentiated outdoor lighting tasks.

    Cities are subject to constant change, in much the same way as the movement and behaviour of their inhabitants. The potential of lighting solutions in outdoor applications now goes far beyond safety and orientation – today the social aspect of light can be carefully harnessed to create places where people gather and truly interact. The starting point for this kind of approach is always the natural night scene, the darkness from which the lighting designers shape an optimal lighting solution – layer by layer and with just as much light as is really necessary. NIGHTSIGHT is therefore able to craft light spaces that present nocturnal living and working areas in a multi-layered fashion. The correct balance between artificial light, natural light and darkness provides people with optimum light that is adapted to suit particular activities during different phases of the night – from a visual, emotional and biological perspective.

    One product family, one design, countless possibilities
    In order to offer architects and lighting planners maximum flexibility in terms of planning and design, the NIGHTSIGHT range features four individual formats with 2x2, 4x4, 2x8 or 4x8 LED optics, alongside a selection of different light distributions, colour temperatures and installation options. The actual product is undeniably minimalistic, helping to put the focus firmly on the light itself. Zumtobel has devised two luminaire types to enable both the uniform illumination of vertical and horizontal surfaces and the setting of targeted accents: a spotlight range with “darkBeam” optics and an Area Light with “softGlow” comfort optics.

    The “darkBeam” optics make the Projector version the ideal solution for illuminating façades or emphasising architectural details. The LED light points in the luminaire head are sunk into a special honeycomb structure, which helps keep glare and lateral visibility of the light source to an absolute minimum. All attention is directed towards the illuminated objects, while the fitting itself remains discreetly in the background.

    As an alternative, the Area Light luminaire with “softGlow” optics improves the feeling of wellbeing associated with the lighting of squares, pathways and smaller streets. Targeted light guidance ensures the best possible visual comfort by softening the brightness contrast between the separate LED light points and the surrounding space. The individual optics merge into a single luminous surface. Additional vertical light elements provide optical guidance and reduce the glare sensitivity, making it easier for individuals to become accustomed to the light source as they approach the luminaire.

    Yet NIGHTSIGHT is more than just a lighting instrument with an impressive lit effect and a consistent design, as Zumtobel was committed to developing an outdoor lighting system that also offers simple installation and maintenance. Plug & Play connectors make mounting NIGHTSIGHT especially easy, while the lighting heads of the individual LED modules can be positioned at almost any angle. In addition, various different colour temperatures are available. The standard versions with 3000 K and 4000 K are just two of the various possibilities, helping to make sure that everything from a historic old town to a modern skyline is always shown in exactly the right light.

    Through the targeted use of light and shadow, illuminated areas and dark zones, as well as contrasting light levels, NIGHTSIGHT succeeds in enhancing the three-dimensional perception of the space, emphasising architectural details, creating recognition features and modelling spaces. As a result, people can appreciate new levels of visual comfort and wellbeing and enhanced quality of life in nocturnal outdoor spaces. The combination of specific lighting design and innovative technology, which minimises light pollution caused by stray light, simultaneously reduces the consumption of energy resources and the effect of artificial light on plants and animals.

    NIGHTSIGHT was recently honoured with the 2017 iFDesign Award and Red Dot Design Award.

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  • 04/2017

    Precision landing: NIGHTSIGHT hits the spot to help Zumtobel win a Red Dot Award

    The NIGHTSIGHT modular light tool offers innovative solutions to ensure maximum design freedom for complex urban lighting tasks - from stylish architectural illumination to the cultured presentation of squares, streets and neighbourhoods. At the same time, the essential requirements for ecologically, economically and socially sustainable lighting are effortlessly fulfilled.
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    Having already secured an iF Design Award, the NIGHTSIGHT architectural outdoor luminaire has now picked up its second renowned design prize of the year: a Red Dot Design Award 2017. The jury singled out NIGHTSIGHT for special praise, noting how the highly efficient product family guarantees outstanding flexibility to meet the varied requirements of modern urban lighting. The distinctive “Red Dot” recognises pioneering design and is generally regarded as one of the most prestigious international design competitions.

    Together with Ben van Berkel and designers from the UNStudio in Amsterdam, Zumtobel has developed a modular product family of LED lighting tools that is capable of solving complex outdoor lighting tasks with one consistent look. Spurred on by the concept of “turning spaces into places”, the NIGHTSIGHT design team wanted to promote social interaction by transforming public areas into worlds of experience.

    Two distinct optical concepts provide lighting designers with excellent flexibility in outdoor applications. The Projector luminaire is equipped with “darkBeam” optics to illuminate façades and highlight specific architectural details, while the “softGlow” Area Light is optimised for streets, footpaths and squares. In line with the idea of maximum adaptability, the lighting heads of the individual LED modules can be positioned at almost any angle.

    Through the targeted use of light and shadow, illuminated areas and dark zones, as well as contrasting light levels, NIGHTSIGHT succeeds in enhancing the three-dimensional perception of spaces, emphasising architectural details, creating recognition features and modelling spaces. As a result, individuals can appreciate new standards of visual comfort in outdoor spaces at night, along with improved wellbeing and enhanced quality of life. The combination of specific lighting design and innovative technology, which minimises light pollution caused by stray light, simultaneously reduces energy consumption and carefully limits the effect of artificial light on the world around us. This precise blend of design and performance helps NIGHTSIGHT use light to transform the perception of the urban landscape when the sun goes down – while the product itself deliberately keeps a low profile.

    About the Red Dot Design Award
    The Red Dot has established itself worldwide as a renowned seal of quality. Manufacturers, designers and architects from 54 countries submitted entries for the 2017 awards, with more than 1000 international guests from business, politics, media and the design industry attending the awards ceremony - a glittering gala evening at the Aalto Theatre in the German city of Essen. The award-winning products are then displayed for four weeks at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen. Covering more than 4000 square metres, the museum boasts one of the world's largest collections of contemporary design products.

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  • 03/2017

    Zumtobel creates highlights at the Salone del Mobile 2017

    Modern installations artistically illuminated.
    Zumtobel is contributing four creative lighting solutions for various installations at this year's Salone del Mobile in Milan.
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    1.    Courtyard Installation by Diller Scofidio + Renfro at Palazzo Litta, for the event "A Matter of Perception: LINKING MINDS", organised by DAMn° magazine and Mosca Partners, Corso Magenta 24
    The installation by New York-based interdisciplinary design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) engages Palazzo Litta’s courtyard with the most basic architectural element – the roof – to filter the sky and capture the space. The roof canopy is composed of 300 pairs of jeans.  DS+R deploys the jeans as a ready-made, intentionally mis-using and translating them from the context of the human body into an architectural module. A contemporary folly in the bracketed context of monumental classicism, the canopy stitches together the collective and the individual scales of urban life.

    The Zumtobel Group, which collaborated with DS+R on its latest curated business report 2015/16 "Blue Hour", furnishes lighting solutions for the installation: twelve PYLAS outdoor luminaires, which change colour, and light the canopy from below, while the walls of the palazzo’s courtyard are lit by ARCOS spotlights, with a colour temperature of 3000 K, to ensure a focused effect.
    Preview: 3 April, 15:00 – 19:00   
    Exclusive design talk with Jürg Zumtobel and Elizabeth Diller, founding partner, DS+R: 4 April, 16:30

    2.    Sawaya & Moroni showroom, Via Manzoni 11
    Architects and designers William Sawaya and Paolo Moroni will showcase their newest furniture collection during the Salone,  with the help of a customised solution by Zumtobel, a long-term partner of the Italian manufacturer. The Zumtobel masterpieces "LQ by Hani Rashid" and "VorteXX by Zaha Hadid", co-edited with Sawaya & Moroni, will be spectacular eye-catchers in the showroom and thus lighting solution highlights. The Sawaya & Moroni collection and furniture of other manufacturers will shine thanks to SUPERSYSTEM and IYON products: the small, unobtrusive spotlights guarantee that each individual piece of furniture is perfectly lit in a focused way with just the right colour temperature, between 2800 and 4000 kelvin, to emphasise the texture and quality of the respective material in an optimal way. On top of that, the free-standing CIELOS, with its gradually changing coloured media walls enhances the attractive atmosphere of the space even more.
    Preview: 3 April, 19:00 – 21:00

    3.    Sawaya & Moroni exhibition stand at the Salone del Mobile 2017
    Zumtobel created the lighting design for this year's Sawaya & Moroni tradeshow stand at the Salone del Mobile 2017. Included are ACTIVE LIGHT WALLS that atmospherically light up the exhibition stand in changing colours and ARCOS spotlights to accentuate the pieces of furniture by William Sawaya, Zaha Hadid and other designers.
    Sawaya & Moroni fair stand: Salone del Mobile, 4 – 9 April, Hall 20/Stand E 18
    4.    Exhibition and special event at the Casabella Laoboratorio gallery: 9 April 2017, Via Marco Polo 13
    To mark the occasion of the Salone del Mobile, the Casabella Laboratorio is hosting an exhibition entitled "Superficie e danza tra geometria e colore". It not only features ceramic designs in inspirational colours by the ceramist and designer Maria Luisa Brighenti but also geometric works of art consisting of 140 Ways to bend and dance with 2m2 of paper designed by the Atelier Blumer of the University Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio. Zumtobel  Group is contributing an artistic, outdoor light installation to the exhibition – with Zumtobel products TECTON, ONICO, NIGHTSIGHT, SUPERSYSTEM outdoor and ARCOS, plus several luminaires from Thorn and acdc. On the evening of 7 April, Zumtobel will be highlighting the exhibition pieces with a light show followed by a special evening event.
    Exhibition: 3 – 9 April
    Zumtobel special event: 7 April, 20:00

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  • 03/2017
    Lighting Solution

    Golden times for Zumtobel: Four iF DESIGN AWARDs in 2017

    Zumtobel celebrates quadruple success with three new luminaires and the Zumtobel Group annual report
    Innovative creative force and outstanding product design – the compelling factors that helped Zumtobel once again impress the iF DESIGN AWARD jury and claim four prestigious design awards. Zumtobel picked up three titles in the Product Design category for the LINETIK, MELLOW LIGHT and NIGHTSIGHT luminaires. The latest annual report from the Zumtobel Group, which was developed in cooperation with the US design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York, also received the highest accolade of a GOLD award in the Communications Design section.
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    The coveted iF DESIGN AWARDs will be presented today at the BMW World in Munich. More than 2000 guests from the worlds of international design, media, business and politics are expected to attend. This year will see Zumtobel add a further four prizes to their burgeoning collection, which now includes an impressive total of 85 iF AWARDs. The iF DESIGN AWARD recognises pioneering product development and design innovation.

    The “Blue Hour” as a natural light phenomenon is the subject of the Zumtobel Group's artistic annual report 2015/16, which can now lay claim to an iF GOLD AWARD 2017. The artistic publications, produced by the Zumtobel Group for the last 25 years, have established themselves as real collectors’ items. The reports are developed in collaboration with high-profile artists, architects and designers like the New York studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro, which was the visionary driving force behind the 2015/16 edition. Studio Director Elizabeth Diller and her creative team, together with Zumtobel, chose the dramatic light of the so-called “Blue Hour” as the main subject - the short period of twilight that frames the transition from day to night. The result is an exceptional photo project in partnership with Matthew Monteith, containing 45 photographs of a living space from the same viewing angle over the period of an hour. The light changes from one image to the next to form a unique visual narrative.

    The LINETIK office luminaire caught the eye of the iF jury in the product design category, using a scaled-back look and minimalist form to conceal a revolutionary lighting concept. A slender luminaire housing with a cross section measuring just 24.8 x 24.8 mm helps the product appear less like a luminaire and more like a graceful object in the space. Thanks to innovative lighting technology and the extraordinary length of the luminaire body, LINETIK delivers the light exactly where it is needed by the user – directly or indirectly, precisely onto the work surface and individually and separately controllable, depending on the particular visual task.

    MELLOW LIGHT has helped Zumtobel walk away with another iF DESIGN AWARD. Now in its sixth generation, the ceiling luminaire features an exciting new design. Daniel Stromborg, Practice Area Leader at Gensler, has tastefully evolved the design language whilst simultaneously maintaining a connection to the rich MELLOW LIGHT heritage that stretches back 25 years. Immediately recognisable, yet somehow sleeker and more elegant, the design still finds room for state-of-the-art lighting technology, which adapts perfectly to the constantly changing requirements of the modern office. Research has shown that most people consider the relatively low light levels stipulated by the standards to be insufficient, so the demand-orientated workplace lighting of MELLOW LIGHT is optimised to provide around 800 lx in office applications. Direct and indirect light can be adjusted separately using a sensor, while a choice of two optics ensures brilliant light quality in every room.

    As the most recent addition to the Zumtobel portfolio, the NIGHTSIGHT architectural outdoor fitting has made sure that the Austrian lighting specialists will be taking four design prizes back to Dornbirn. Under the motto “turning spaces into places”, this modular and highly efficient product family has been developed for the varied applications of urban lighting - with the explicit aim of transforming public spaces into worlds of experience and thereby helping promote social interaction. Two optics offer lighting designers maximum flexibility. The Projection luminaire with “darkBeam” optics is perfect for lighting façades and highlighting architectural details. The “softGlow” optics of the Area luminaire improve the illumination of squares and walkways. In this way, NIGHTSIGHT revolutionises the perception of the nocturnal cityscape – even though the product itself remains very much in the background.

    About the iF DESIGN AWARD
    The iF DESIGN AWARDs were first bestowed in 1953 and are now considered one of the world's leading design prizes. Winning entries are selected by independent juries made up of internationally renowned designers, entrepreneurs and scientists who meet defined criteria. The best designs from innovative companies are recognised each year across several categories. The awards are split into five disciplines, ranging from product, communication and packaging design to interior architecture and professional concepts. This year the 58 experts from the jury cast their eye over 5575 submissions from 59 countries.

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  • 03/2017

    Zumtobel at EuroShop 2017

    “Creating Light Creates Emotions”: Dynamic tailored light factors  wellbeing into shopping
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    At this year's EuroShop event from 5th to 9th of March, Zumtobel will demonstrate how the right light influences human feelings and emotions, enabling this key element to exert a significant influence on wellbeing and purchase behaviour in shops. The Zumtobel stand can be found in Hall 09 (Stand C56). Under the motto “Creating Light Creates Emotions”, the Austrian lighting provider will showcase pioneering lighting solutions for the international retail sector – solutions that have been carefully designed to reflect the results of the Limbic® Lighting study and the Zumtobel concept of Active Light. Both of these aspects illustrate the growing importance of light as an effective marketing and sales tool in shop and retail applications.

    Up to 95% of all purchase decisions are made subconsciously. These choices can be positively influenced with the help of individually adapted lighting scenarios. The Limbic® Lighting approach from Zumtobel makes it possible to address specific personality types that have been defined through the Limbic® Lighting research from the Gruppe Nymphenburg in Munich. Alongside more time spent in the store and increased customer wellbeing, the Limbic® Lighting study also revealed a sales-boosting effect: “Shops are increasingly developing into places where visitors enjoy a feel-good atmosphere and real sensory experiences. Light can therefore be used to stimulate emotions and to create visible brand identities. Our Limbic® Lighting study showed that the right lighting can increase sales by 10 per cent,” explains Daniel Lechner, Marketing Director Zumtobel.

    With three Limbic® Lighting application scenarios - from a showcasing  luxury fashion to setting the scene for high street fashion stores and staging of accessories - Zumtobel will use EuroShop 2017 to show how lighting concepts tailored to particular personality types ensure the optimal presentation of goods and create a world of experience. There are three main Limbic® Types:
    •    Balance: Light for Harmonisers and Traditionalists
    •    Stimulance: Light for Hedonists and Adventurers
    •    Dominance: Light for Performers and Disciplinarians

    Moreover, human perception is geared towards recognising fast-moving objects, which means that one’s attention is instinctively drawn to where something changes. The so-called ‘Active Light’ principle from Zumtobel supports this selective perception with continuously changing dynamic lighting scenes. Integrated into the Limbic® Lighting concept, Active Light could enhance the lighting solution and quickly alter the ambience in terms of light intensity, direction, colour and time.

    Zumtobel at EuroShop 2017
    EuroShop, the world's major retail trade exhibition, will take place in Düsseldorf from 5th to 9th March. Zumtobel can be found in Hall 09 (Stand C56) with its sister brands  Thorn, Tridonic and Zumtobel Group Services. In addition to the three Limbic® Lighting examples, the leading international provider of integral lighting solutions will present two further scenarios - fresh food and supermarket - and reveal how to achieve optimal illumination for goods on shelves and on display. A virtual reality demonstration will feature the new NIGHTSIGHT architectural product family from Zumtobel, underlining the company's expertise in outdoor lighting applications. A series of innovative Zumtobel products for the retail sector, including ONICO, IYON, INTRO and SUPERSYSTEM II, will also be displayed on the stand.

    EuroShop, 5th-9th March 2017 in Düsseldorf
    Zumtobel Group: Hall 09, Stand C56

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  • 01/2017
    Lighting Solution

    Functionality and aesthetics go hand-in-hand

    Siegrun Appelt illuminates the garden of the historic Liebieghaus in Frankfurt am Main. The outdoor lighting, a blend of functionality and aesthetics, has been crafted by the artist to maximise the spatial and sensory experiences of visitors to the Liebieghaus. The lighting concept was realised using the SUPERSYSTEM outdoor modular exterior luminaire from Zumtobel.
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    The Liebieghaus villa is home to a high-profile sculpture collection in the middle of one of the most beautiful gardens in Frankfurt. Built in 1896, the house was a product of the period of rapid German industrial expansion known as the Gründerzeit. Despite having been run as a public museum since the beginning of the 20th century, the Liebieghaus has retained all the charm of a private residence. Austrian artist Siegrun Appelt has now developed a new lighting concept for the famous garden. Carefully defined levels of artificial light are directed with pinpoint precision to help visitors experience this special place and its unique history as evening approaches. Siegrun Appelt chose the SUPERSYSTEM outdoor modular LED luminaire from Zumtobel to provide targeted illumination and energy-efficient lighting for the facades, gardens and pathways.

    Subtle spatial presentation
    Tailored specifically to suit the venue and its current use, the new lighting concept harnesses a carefully defined combination of functionality and aesthetics to help people truly appreciate the three-dimensionality and emotion of the historical garden. “Spatial arrangements of illuminated elements, streams of light and lines of shadow change with their own movement. New images of the night landscape, architecture and cultural space are constantly being formed, depending on the particular location and angle of view. These random picture formations move me because they tell stories – in much the same way that visitors can find stories inside the building in the museum,” explains Siegrun Appelt, describing how the medium of light shapes the way the environment is experienced.

    The lighting concept invites individuals to consider the nature of the space and the blend of public and private. On first entering the garden, it takes a moment for the eye to get used to the reduced light intensities, as the subtle artificial light in the garden contrasts with the strong illumination of the surrounding urban space. The targeted light encourages visitors to walk, to discover and to linger, while simultaneously picking out interesting architectural features of the building and the garden.

    Fresh thinking for a truly sustainable approach to light
    In line with the concept of ‘Slow Light’, Siegrun Appelt has initiated a lighting project that is genuinely committed to the conscious and sensitive handling of light. ‘Slow Light’ harnesses innovations such as LED technology and control systems to maximise the potential of lighting in terms of sustainability and energy efficiency. Yet it also uses these possibilities to “develop new aesthetic styles, which work with less light to enable recognition of the special qualities of the immaterial medium, which can only be perceived through some form of illumination.”

    Modular technologies like SUPERSYSTEM outdoor from Zumtobel also now make it possible for external lighting solutions to realise this approach. A total of 15 luminaires have been installed to illuminate the garden, pathways and facades of the Liebieghaus. SUPERSYSTEM outdoor luminaires can be specified with different numbers of LED light tubes to suit the particular application. The solutions for the Liebieghaus are each made up of three light tubes, which can be rotated and pivoted, along with a version that incorporates six fixed tubes. An appropriate optic with a narrow or wider beam angle can be selected for each tube, enabling SUPERSYSTEM outdoor to fuse maximum flexibility with extremely precise light control.

    This adaptability was also evident during installation, with SUPERSYSTEM outdoor mounted on the existing lantern masts, in the ground or on one of the walls. Despite fulfilling both functional and aesthetic tasks, the minimal design language helps ensure that the luminaire itself remains in the background. This also meant that the existing classical urban ball luminaires could be retained to act as a delicate shimmering design element, with the only change involving the replacement of the original light source with 1W LEDs. With a colour temperature of 3000 K and excellent glare control, SUPERSYSTEM outdoor also guarantees pleasant visual comfort. In this way, Siegrun Appelt has successfully created a lighting solution that makes the historic atmosphere of the Liebieghaus tangible when the sun goes down, creating lasting experiences that touch all of the senses.

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  • 01/2017

    Light for outdoor urban spaces

    Zumtobel adds radiance and character to public areas, squares and streets with dynamic lighting solutions based on the “Active Light” concept. Simple spaces are transformed into attractive urban places that foster interaction and stimulate positive associations. “Human Scale Lighting” uses people as the yardstick for lighting installations and puts the emphasis firmly on the social aspect of light.
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    Humans are stimulated by the fundamental interplay between day and night. As crucial elements for emotional and biological wellbeing, light and darkness are inextricably linked, helping individuals to perceive their environment and interact with the world around them. Zumtobel always strives to provide the right light at the right time. In this way, ordinary urban spaces can become places to meet and greet others when the sun goes down.
    Lighting solutions designed in line with the principles of “Active Light” acknowledge the fact that light affects people on three levels (visual, biological and emotional), adjusting the four key dimensions of intensity, direction, colour and time to reflect constantly changing human needs. Zumtobel has long been able to call on extensive expertise and a comprehensive portfolio to accompany people through the day and the night in interior spaces. Now, with the new modular SUPERSYSTEM outdoor and NIGHTSIGHT luminaire ranges, Zumtobel can fulfil differentiated lighting tasks in outdoor areas.

    The individual as the lighting yardstick
    Today the potential of outdoor lighting goes far beyond factors such as safety and orientation. Innovative lighting tools have the capacity to work like a filter, using light to carefully sculpt nocturnal living and working spaces. These solutions are geared towards the needs of people, the activities they carry out and the way they use their environment, while also taking the overriding ecosystem into account. As a result, depending on the particular situation and the specific time of night, the “light filter” is adapted to provide a light scenario that supports the people present. A stimulating lighting situation, for example, can initiate and encourage certain patterns of movement and behaviour. The targeted use of dynamic light in varying intensities and colours also shapes how people experience their surroundings and the feelings and emotions that they associate with a particular place. As a consequence, light helps not only increase feelings of safety, but also plays a decisive role when it comes to enhancing the attractiveness of squares, streets and even entire urban neighbourhoods.

    The reciprocal relationship between nature, city, people and light
    Solutions planned with “Human Scale Lighting“ in mind also recognise that towns and cities are no longer closed systems, but that they now change and evolve with their inhabitants. Through the growing interconnectedness of the modern world, new forms of communication and perpetual technological progress, urban spaces have truly become 24-hour places. Activities that were previously only seen during the day are now increasingly being carried out during the evening and at night. This means that urban areas are used differently and more intensively – and therefore demands appropriate lighting solutions that can adapt seamlessly to these changing living conditions. However, it is also necessary to limit the effect of artificial light on plants and animals and to minimise the consumption of precious energy resources. The starting point for this kind of lighting design is always the natural night scene. A lighting solution is then crafted layer by layer out of this darkness, using only as much light as is really necessary.

    New LED outdoor luminaires naturally offer significant advantages in terms of energy efficiency, but they can also be combined with the right lighting controls to deliver light in a more targeted fashion. They improve three-dimensional perception and emphasise architectural features and points of reference to increase visual comfort and boost the quality of life in outdoor spaces. In addition, these kinds of solutions can markedly strengthen the identity of a location and support a brand image by accentuating the history and character of buildings, streets and squares.

    Toolbox of light: modular lighting tools for outdoor urban spaces
    With the expansion of the product portfolio to include outdoor applications, Zumtobel now offers architects and lighting designers new ways of creating task-specific illumination for pathways, squares, streets and façades. Zumtobel worked closely with experts and designers from UNStudio to develop the NIGHTSIGHT LED outdoor lighting system. The result is a lighting tool that can call on a comprehensive range of optics and installation options to ensure both the uniform illumination of vertical and horizontal surfaces and the delivery of specific accents. SUPERSYSTEM outdoor fittings are made up of several LED light tubes. The fine precision and excellent glare control of the multi-zonal light catch the eye, while the luminaire itself remains very much in the background. The carefully directed and measured light also helps actively protect against light pollution. Zumtobel has therefore developed a product range for the increasingly complex requirements of lighting in outdoor urban spaces – a portfolio reflecting the needs of the individual to enable high-quality architectural solutions that are in true harmony with nature.

    Zumtobel. The Light.

  • 01/2017
    Lighting Solution

    A shining jewel in the port of Hamburg: Zumtobel develops a cultured lighting solution for the Elbphilharmonie

    Zumtobel accentuates the magical atmosphere of the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in Hamburg, incorporating a tailored lighting solution that uniquely brings the heart of this spectacular concert hall to life.
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    A major new project for the Hanseatic city of Hamburg is almost complete. The Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic Hall) will be officially opened on 11th January 2017, offering visitors access to a unique new social and cultural centre in the heart of the Hafen City (harbour city). The building, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, stands directly next to the River Elbe on more than 1000 reinforced concrete posts. The architectural concept blends old and new, with a spectacular marquee-like glass structure mounted on top of a former warehouse with a brick-facade. The building houses a philharmonic orchestra, a hotel, dining facilities, apartments and the Plaza viewing platform. As a key member of the project team involved in the construction of the Elbphilharmonie, Zumtobel has helped to realise a series of lighting solutions within the building.

    The customised lighting solution for general illumination in the concert hall is particularly impressive. Zumtobel has referenced the architectural philosophy of combining old and new by working closely with Herzog & de Meuron, lighting design firm Ulrike Brandi Licht and the glass designer Detlef Tanz from Wegberg to carefully craft 1200 hand-blown glass ball luminaires. Paying homage to the nearby River Elbe, the fittings appear like light-filled water bubbles emerging from the undulating acoustic ceiling, in which the luminaire housings are discretely concealed from view. The combination of traditional craftsmanship and modern LED technology made the development of this lighting solution a special challenge for Zumtobel. The result is a custom-made luminaire with an especially attractive appearance, which uses a colour temperature of 2700 K to create an emotive atmosphere in the room. The ball fittings are seamlessly dimmable via DMX controls and fully compatible with HDTV, meaning that video recordings made in the concert hall are completely flicker-free. A third of the luminaires are also integrated into the emergency lighting system.

    The Plaza features a further 870 machine-made plastic ball luminaires. These LED solutions are grouped in diamond shapes and provide pleasant warm-white general illumination with a colour temperature of 3000 K. Some of the fittings are linked to the emergency lighting network and the whole installation can be seamlessly dimmed with DALI controls.

    Zumtobel developed another customised luminaire specifically for the foyer and the cloakroom in front of the concert hall. This hybrid product incorporates a hand-crafted fluorescent fitting with an RGB LED module, which can be separately controlled using a DALI interface. While the conventional fluorescent lamp is used for general lighting, the RGB LED module can be regulated to deliver the right colour for the right mood. Depending on the particular event, this means that the 750 luminaires can be individually adjusted to create poignant effect lighting. A proportion of the fluorescent lamps additionally perform an emergency lighting function.

    Zumtobel has also used a number of established standard luminaires in the Elbe Philharmonic Hall. Track-mounted DIAMO and VIVO spotlights controlled by LITECOM provide general illumination in the Störtebecker restaurant. DIAMO is characterised by a precise beam and brilliant light, making it an excellent choice for accent lighting on the tables. Furthermore, PANOS infinity guarantees homogenous basic lighting in the hallways and conference rooms of the Westin Hotel. PANOS downlights offer uniform high-quality illumination of both horizontal and vertical surfaces, creating a pleasant atmosphere in the space.

    The Zumtobel lighting solution reflects various elements of the Elbphilharmonie project, which has taken almost ten years to complete. “We are delighted to be part of this architectural jewel with our unique lighting solution - and now we can marvel at the end result,” said Nicole Drong, head of the Zumtobel sales office in Hamburg. Carsten Froh, sales representative for the project, was equally proud: “It is a wonderful feeling to experience the internal and external radiance of this new landmark.” Now the stage is set for this magical location to bring music and life to Hamburg’s Hafen City.

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Lighting Design Program

This Zumtobel partner program has been developed for architects who use light for creative design and want to use first-hand information, support and inspiration for that purpose.
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