Zurich, Switzerland
Owner: Allreal Generalunternehmung AG, Zurich (CH)
Architect: EM2N ARCHITEKTEN AG, Zurich (CH)
Lighting design: Vogt und Partner, Winterthur (CH)
Electrical consultants: Bürgin und Keller, Adliswil (CH)
Electrical installations: Alpiq InTec Ost AG, Zurich (CH)
Photos: Markus Frietsch
It was one of Zurich's largest building projects, and one of the most exciting transformations as well. The Toni-Areal site on Pfingstweidstrasse in Zurich-West, formerly one of Europe's largest dairy processing plants, was handed over to its new users in autumn 2014. Illumination of the state-of-the-art university campus is provided by 5500 TECTON luminaires by Zumtobel.

Industrial charm with new appeal
In 2005, a new way of using the property from the seventies had to be found. It was generally agreed that not just another office complex would be built on this site, right in the heart of Zurich-West, a district that had meanwhile blossomed out into a cultural hotspot boasting the industrial charm of days gone by. Hence, based on a feasibility study, it was determined that the 24,435 m² Toni-Areal was to be transformed into the new central location of the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). In the subsequently launched architectural competition, the project design submitted by the EM2N architects' studio came out first, and the building application filed in autumn 2007 laid the foundation for the ambitious renovation and new building project involving an investment volume of CHF 350 million.

Right on time for the start of the autumn term in September 2014, approx. 5000 students, lecturers and staff members could move to the new premises. In addition, not only 100 new flats including an accessible roof garden and a car park accommodating 240 cars, but also rooms for exhibitions, events and spaces for commercial use were created. A contemporary infrastructure was developed that not only allows interaction of various disciplines at one location, but also ensures the university's high educational and service quality as well as its international competitiveness.

The design of the campus building picks up the former industrial building's architecture, creating a heterogeneous space where different interests are reconciled, also in terms of lighting. The lighting concept toys with this heterogeneity. Its aim is not to produce uniform brightness, but to have the luminaires arranged so as to divide the space into zones and create a dialogue between light and dark. Also, the lighting solution is as capable of transformation as is the Toni-Areal site itself. On the one hand, ideal lighting conditions for learning and communication are produced; on the other hand, the creative ambience is enhanced and students are provided with the right light for their exhibition areas.

The key role in implementing this lighting solution is played by a modular luminaire system that meets the high demands in terms of flexibility and customisability: TECTON, which is able to fulfil complex functions and a variety of lighting tasks thanks to its versatility, compatibility and expandability within one system. The continuous-row lighting system is based on trunking incorporating an 11-pole current conducting section. All functions such as power supply, lighting control and connection to the emergency lighting system are integrated into this multi-functional trunking unit. In order to illuminate 1400 lecture rooms, seminar and training rooms, more than 33 kilometres of TECTON trunking were installed.

At peak times, more than 600 electricians were working on the construction site, installing more than 5500 TECTON continuous-row luminaires, among others. As required, a variety of optics and louvres were used, which can also easily be replaced or added if the requirements placed on the lighting solution should change.

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University of Economics and Business
Vienna, Austria
Owner: Projektgesellschaft Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien GmbH, Vienna (AT); Library and Learning Center (LLC): BIG Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft mbH, Vienna (AT)
Architect: LLC: Zaha Hadid Architects, Hamburg (DE)
Lighting design: LLC: Arup, Lighting Design, Berlin (DE)
Electrical consultants: LLC: Vasko + Partner Ingenieure, Vienna (AT)
Electrical installations: ARGE KM/E (Klenk&Meder / EMC), St. Pölten (AT)
The Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) in the Green Prater is not only one of Vienna’s biggest new construction projects; it is also a milestone in Austria’s educational infrastructure. The university campus, erected in cooperation with the Austrian federal real estate company Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft (BIG), comprises different buildings whose planning involved six architecture studios from around the world: Zaha Hadid of Hamburg, Peter Cook of the Londonbased Crab Studio, NO.MAD Arquitectos of Madrid, Carme Pinós from Catalonia, the Japanese architect Hitoshi Abe and Laura Spinadel of the Viennese studio BUS. The result, wild and wonderful, is a playing field of contemporary architecture.

Campus of Knowledge
The centre of the spacious nine hectare campus is the Library & Learning Centre (LLC) designed by Zaha Hadid. With its sharp corners and bold lines the expressive building, which leans forward far over the forecourt, evokes the image of a futuristic command centre. The interior is also dominated by spaceship aesthetics with dramatically slanted walls, rounded edges and long, narrow walkways extending from one end of the room to the other. The LLC is flanked mainly by black & white, plain office and institution buildings. In striking contrast: the Teaching Center (TC), clad in Corten steel, and the red-orange-yellow Institute Cluster designed by Peter Cook.

The heterogeneous styles of the six planning architects also presented a challenge for the light planners. On the one hand it was necessary to adapt the light concept to the particular architectural character, alternating between subdued and dynamic; on the other hand, the number of products had to be reduced to a minimum with a goal towards efficient facility management. The end result: a total of 12,000 luminaires – including pendant luminaires, hidden cove luminaires and numerous individual light solutions – as well as seven kilometres of continuous row lighting.

The entire campus, which currently accommodates about 23,000 students and 1,500 employees, was designed in accordance with the green building concept. Of course, that also means installing efficient and sustainable light products, such as the SLOTLIGHT II light line, the CLARIS II pendant luminaire and LED luminaires of the PANOS INFINITY series. All lighting systems in the buildings are controlled by a common KNX bus controller; motion detectors are used to control the lights in the stairways and sanitary facilities, while the offices are equipped with a special light control system to optimise the use of daylight. In comparison with conventional solutions this combination uses far less energy.

One special aspect of this project: In addition to Zumtobel’s role as a commercial enterprise, the company was also responsible for the entire installation, in the form of a joint venture with four electrical installation companies.

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:envihab Institute for Aviation and Space
Cologne, Germany
Owner: National Aeronautics and Space Research Centre, Cologne (DE)
Architect: Grass Kramer Löbbert and Prof. Uta Graff Architekten, Berlin (DE)
Lighting design: Carpus + Partner AG, Hattersheim (DE)
Electrical consultants: Carpus + Partner AG, Hattersheim (DE)
Electrical installations: R+S Solutions GmbH, Radebeul (DE)
Lichtkonzept: Schlotfeldt Licht, Berlin (DE)
In the new “:envihab” research facility the DLR Institute for Aviation and Space Medicine tests the results of weightlessness and the physiological effects of light on humans. Both are interesting not only for space travel.

The Cologne Airport borders directly on the endless expanses of space – although there are no launching pads to be found here, since the travels into the orbit and beyond take place on the ground. Here at the Institute for Aviation and Space Medicine of the DLR National Aeronautics and Space Research Centre, simulations are conducted to test the effects of extended stays on board a spacecraft. Weightlessness is a special focus of the researchers, due to the complex physiological changes it can cause – such as muscle or bone degeneration.

Learning from Outer Space

A new research environment is now available for such studies: the “:envihab”, protected and supplied by an elongated, floating structure with a white, perforated façade directly across from the old institute building on the DLR grounds. The name “:envihab” is a contraction of “environment” and “habitat” and the facility is used for tests such as the “bed rest study” that can last up to three months and places only one requirement on the test subjects:
they have to stay in bed. This requirement is so stringent that the subjects are moved to a special bed when it is time for them to have a shower. And the surface is inclined six degrees so  that their heads are lower than their legs at all times – this position is especially favourable for simulating weightlessness, according to the researchers. The wraparound glass strip between the floor and ceiling and the six skylights allow ample daylight to enter the building.

For these “bed rest studies” alone the “:envihab” has twelve rooms, in addition to the afore-mentioned shower rooms, special carts, a completely furnished kitchen and a common room. Although not necessary for lying in bed for extended periods, it is needed for isolation studies on a group scale, simulating long journeys through space.

The “:envihab” sleep and physio-lab also deals with terrestrial matters. It is used, for example, to examine the effects of shift work, lack of sleep or irregular working hours – and the effect of light. The circadian rhythm of daylight defines human waking and sleeping phases – receptors in the retina register the change of short-wave light and control sleepiness by means of melatonin production. In the sleep labs this rhythm can be systematically delayed or even interrupted – in order to observe the effects on well-being, health and performance. The diffuse and variable light needed for these tests is provided by the luminous ceilings equipped with LEDs in the rooms, and also where the test subjects are examined by means of PTE (positron emission tomography) scans.

In cooperation with the DLR Institute Zumtobel developed the modular luminous ceiling, whose CIELOS LED elements can generate precise and dynamic luminous colours and luminances by means of the LITENET control system. The brightness can be dimmed continuously down to a minimum level without flickering and the RGB spectrum can also be varied as needed. The low installation height, durability and user-friendly maintenance were further arguments for an LED luminous ceiling.

The purpose of these circadian studies is not only to examine the interaction of light and the condition or performance of the test subjects, but also to clearly define the qualities of light necessary to prevent fatigue at the workplace or to reduce the effects of jet lag.

Of course, the “:envihab” does not consist only of the sleep and physio-lab; the complex comprises a total of eight research modules under one roof. The architecture is literally based on the house-in-house principle. All of the modules and the large auditorium are designed as separate structures beneath the roof construction, which defines the outward effect of the building and is actually more than just a roof. The steel support structure contains the building’s entire technical infrastructure. This was somewhat of a trick, since the 3,500 square metre interior – rather uncharacteristic for a research facility – presents itself as orderly and clearly structured.

The “:envihab” is also a symbol for a new self-conception in research – in the past, such facilities tended to be purely functional in nature; today, the publicity effect is increasing in importance. In addition to the exterior, this paradigm shift is apparent especially in the interior. The entrance on the ground level is connected by a wide and pleasantly designed stairway to the spacious entry hall. The large auditorium with seating for 150 and the restaurant infrastructure are designed as a location for external events. Although situated below the ground level, the entire interior is surprisingly illuminated by daylight – this is achieved not only by the wraparound glass strip between the floor and ceiling, but especially by a total of six light wells that penetrate the building vertically at different locations, establishing a connection with the sky – in keeping with the central theme of the DRL, which the architects adroitly interpreted.

The incompatibility of public utilisation with sensitive fundamental research necessitated a separation of the two areas by means of a partition. But since they are made of glass, the room volume can be experienced in its entirety together with the individual modules. In the centre, for example, there is a cylindrical module with solid concrete walls, with a short-arm centrifuge inside. This apparatus is used to explore whether increased gravity can be used selectively to counter the health risks of weightlessness. Initially in relation to long-term stays in space, the results will also bring new insight into down-to-earth issues such as osteoporosis, muscle degeneration and circulatory disorders.

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CMP – Center for Mobile Propulsion
Aachen, Germany
Owner: Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW, branch office Aachen (DE)
Architect: Lepel & Lepel Architektur Innenarchitektur, Cologne (DE)
Lighting design: a•g Licht GbR, Bonn (DE)
Electrical consultants: ZWP Ingenieur-AG, Cologne(DE)
A new research building with diametrically opposed utilisation requirements: this was the challenge faced by the architects Lepel & Lepel of Cologne, which they optimally met with their design for the R&D centre for motor technology at the RWTH Aachen University. From the very beginning the planners decided to house the research and administration/teaching areas in separate buildings. This resulted in the design of two contrasting structures that reflect the different utilisations spatially and technically.

The curved administrative building with its Z-shaped ground plan offers maximum flexibility in the interior. Since it is already apparent today that the administrative and instructional requirements can change in the future, the widespanned supporting structure allows for different room layouts. The wraparound façade banners emphasise the horizontal structure and universal usability of the building.

The high windows allow ample daylight to enter from all sides to ensure even illumination of the office areas. For supplemental illumination of the workplaces with artificial light the architects sought a solution that supports the desired flexibility in the spatial layout while enhancing the formal, reductionist design of the building. Together with the agency a∙g Licht based in Bonn a product was found that optimally fulfils all of the required criteria: ECOOS. The building owner was convinced not only by the high-quality light, but especially also by the long-term lower operating costs.

By way of complete contrast, the motor test centre is an introverted, elongated hall structure. The façade of darkened fairfaced concrete with only narrow slit windows emphasises this character. Inside, the building is rigidly organised, structured and adapted to the spatial and technical conditions of the test equipment. Despite the narrow windows, which make it possible to see the interior from outside, rows of windows in the roof allow sufficient daylight to enter the two-storey hall. The TECTON continuous row lighting system provides for optimal workplace lighting and orientation. Time-tested in industrial use, TECTON combines all of the elements needed here: optimal lighting quality even from large heights, flexible utilisation of space, high efficiency and easy maintenance.

A special feature is the advanced energy concept: the enormous waste of heat generated by the motor test runs can be used to heat the building. A foresighted approach to efficient reuse of energy, which benefits man and the environment.

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Peter Doherty Institute
Melbourne, Australia
Owner: The University of Melbourne, Melbourne (AU)
Architect: Grimshaw Billard Leece, Melbourne (AU)
Lighting design: S2F/SKM, Melbourne (AU)
The University of Melbourne is an official Gold Sponsor of the Green Building Council Australia, which since its inception in 2002 awards the nationally coveted “Green Stars” for ecologically outstanding projects. As part of university policy, every renovated and new building on the university campus strives to achieve “Green Star” certification. The recently completed Peter Doherty Institute, which is considered the southern hemisphere’s only research institute of its kind, was awarded five “Green Stars”.

“In a complex lab building like this one, power consumption is five to ten times higher than in a conventional office building,” says Chris White,  Executive Director of Property and Campus Services at the University of Melbourne. “It is very important for the building to make a significant contribution to saving energy and resources.” The result is a ten-storey high-tech building with 25,000 square metres of floor space, co-generation, grey water utilisation and a green roof landscape. The Peter Doherty Institute is designed to use 50 percent less electricity than a similar building of comparable size.

Simulated Daylight for Research
The planners behind this highly efficient structure, whose north side facing the sun is clad with a double-shell curtain façade, are the internationally based Grimshaw Architects in cooperation with Billard Leece, an academy specialising in research and health facilities. To save on production-intensive materials such as aluminium, the construction incorporated $5.2 million in FSC-accredited timber. In addition, the design maximises the use of daylight wherever possible. Not so in some of the laboratories. The stringent requirements in some areas made it necessary to eliminate daylight to the greatest extent possible.

Some 2,000 MELLOW LIGHT V office luminaires have been installed. With 1.25 watts and 100 lux per square metre, the surface-mounted luminaires were configured and positioned to imitate bright sunlight from skylights. With as many as 700 researchers working at the “Doherty” it is necessary to provide them with the best possible working conditions and create a friendly atmosphere conducive to concentration and motivation.

In the other areas of the “Doherty”, unobtrusive, harmonious  light sources are used. The challenge was to limit the light and shadow to enhance the flowing geometry and intensify the visual effect of the organically formed wooden ribs. Natural materials were used throughout the space, so linear luminaires help enhance the organic forms that act as a counterbalance to the austere and purposeful design of the laboratory spaces.

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LAU University, Wadad Said Khoury Student Center
Beirut, Lebanon
Owner: LAU University, Wadad Said Khoury Student Center
Lighting design: Cherine Saroufim Sacy, M. Interior Architecture, MFA. Lighting Design. IDEPCONSULT, Mounir Saroufim & Partners
Photos: Robert James Bova
Wadad Said Khoury Student Center – An elegant and linear design concept

The Lebanese American University is a leading, nonsectarian, private higher education institution in Lebanon. It operates under a charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The University has more than 8,100 students enrolled.

Through generous donations the University was able to refurbish their facilities in September 2013. The main focus was the Cafeteria, the social areas, the gym, the dancing hall and the offices. 

LAU aimed for a modern architectural design maintaining elegant and straight lines. The solution supplied by Zumtobel was a perfect fit to the concept. SLOT LIGHT was used to provide a calm and diffuse light in a continuous line without dark spots that could disturb the students. Especially the gym, dancing and music hall needed a bright uniform lighting to avoid shadows and offer excellent visibility. The straightforward lines provide effective lighting and guidance in the hall ways.

ONDARIA, mainly used in the social areas suits the modern setting of the University. A discreet indirect component for ceiling illumination underlines the luminaire’s three-dimensional effect and adds a young vibrant design to the room. ECOOS completes the linear and contemporary design in the offices and offers a relaxed and pleasant lighting effect. 

No daylight enters the spaciously designed cafeteria of the University, which is also the core get-together venue for the students between classes. The importance was to create the feeling of natural daylight streaming through the room to enhance wellbeing and energize the students. A tailor-made lighting solution of 3 skylights meets exactly those needs. Fluorescent lamps provide a balanced solution with warm and cold colour temperatures under a cove. The intelligent lighting control system adjusts intensity and color of light according to the actual day time. This solution allows setting as many different scenes as required and is able to simulate any time of day as well as seasons.


Cherine Saroufim Sacy   “One of the most challenging spaces we designed was the main cafeteria. Always crowded and buzzing with students at all hours of the day, the design of the cafeteria was developed in a way to create three artificial skylights that mimic daylight in temperature and intensity to give a notion of time and weather to the occupants. The shape of the skylights as well as the wooden fins act as sound breakers. Zumtobel’s input and expertise with regards to the skylights was crucial to the success of the project."
Cherine Saroufim Sacy, M. Interior Architecture, MFA. Lighting Design


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Stockholm, Sweden
Owner: Akademiska Hus, Solna (SE)
Architect: Metod Arkitekter AB, Uppsala (SE)
Lighting design: MIAB/Tyréns AB Simon Baczkowski, Stockholm (SE)
Electrical consultants: MIAB/Tyréns AB Simon Baczkowski, Stockholm (SE)
Electrical installations: Ohmegi Elektro AB, Sollentuna (SE)
“Manillaskolan” is the oldest institution of its kind in Sweden. It was founded in 1809 by Pär Aron Borg and until 2013 was accommodated in a historic building dating back to 1864, situated on the island of Djurgården in the east of Stockholm. Formerly, the students were taught exclusively in the sign language developed by Borg for the Swedish. The main focus of teaching used to be on religion and craftsmanship, with lessons in languages and literature, arithmetic, geography and natural sciences given as well. However, on-going research and technological development during the past years have resulted in the lessons' ever-increasing bilingual orientation. Today, many hearing-impaired people are able to learn spoken language with the help of hearing aids and special hearing/speech training. This has a major influence on the present and future design of the classrooms. While acoustic issues did never play any role in the past, they are increasingly put into the focus now, thanks to the new teaching methods.

In this context, the lighting system, too, becomes increasingly important. The lessons held in sign language are supported by well-balanced and glare-free illumination of the classrooms. What is even more important: the luminaire drivers must be absolutely noiseless, since otherwise interferences with the students' hearing aids would occur. Following various tests involving a number of products, it turned out that LIGHT FIELDS LED were the only luminaires that met all these requirements.

The Manillaskolan is now accommodated in a new location in Kungsholmen, a borough in central Stockholm. Here a campus has been built that includes a number of schools and special educational facilities in buildings formerly housing institutes of Stockholm University. Even before the refurbishment, students, teachers and parents were given the opportunity to visit trial classrooms and discuss their expectations and needs. Thus, the students are now provided with facilities that are up to date, versatile and ideally suited to their needs.

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Reykjavik University
Reykjavik, Island
Owner: EFF, Reykjavik (IS)
Architect: Henning Larsen Architects, Kopenhagen (DK); ARKIS Architects, Reykjavik (IS)
Lighting design: VERKIS, Reykjavik (IS)
Electrical installations: Rafmiolum hf, Reykjavik (IS)
Clear Nordic design

Situated halfway between Europe's and North America's established science centres, Reykjavik University is turning into a new research and technology top spot. Its architectural design, too, deserves special attention: the individual faculties are arranged radially around a circular hub. The campus opens up in a fan-shaped manner towards the beach and forest areas surrounding it, incorporating them into the premises. Apart from endowing all of the rooms with the unique quality of a natural environment, this layout also permits optimum illumination and heating with natural daylight - a crucial aspect of the sustainability of the building, in which trendsetting technologies are not only part of everyday life but are also part of the curriculum.

For the major part of the building, the engineers developed a ceiling system made of perforated sheet steel blades, which was also intended to accommodate the lighting system. In order to meet the vast range of requirements in the best possible manner, the client organised a competition. Zumtobel's most convincing point: despite its small dimensions and the fact that it fully met glare control requirements, the T5 luminaire's light output ratio could be improved by more than 1.5 percent compared with standard technologies. This has been made possible by translucent lateral reflectors, optimised miniature louvres and a perfect lamp operating temperature. From the design point of view, the luminaire could not fail to impress on account of its modular system that is able to adjust to a variety of visual tasks in lecture halls, seminar rooms, offices, libraries and circulation areas - mounted on a gear tray, installed as a wallwasher or as a model with open light distribution.

The LUXMATE LITENET lighting and blinds control system has been developed further to take account of the special local lighting conditions characterised by the Nordic sun's shallow-angle radiation over long periods of time. In this way, high efficiency and maximum comfort were combined with the option of responding flexibly to changing area-use plans, with minimum effort. Most of the luminaires were supplied with so-called Dimming On Demand (DOD) ballasts, allowing for major cost savings as a large number of luminaires were installed.

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EPFL Rolex Learning Center
Lausanne, Switzerland
Owner: Losinger Construction SA, Bussigny (CH)
Architect: SANAA, Tokio (JP)
Electrical consultants: Scherler SA, Le Mont/Lausanne (CH)
Electrical installations: ETF, Bulle (CH)
Dynamic roomscape

With its translucent skins and round patios, the pavilion designed by SANAA is the new heart of the École Polytechnique Féderále de Lausanne's campus. In an area of 17,000 m², it accommodates a library, conference rooms, students' workstations, offices for researchers, cafeterias, a top restaurant, a book store, a multifunctional auditorium and - very Swiss - a branch bank. However, the Pritzker Prize-winning architects had definitely more in mind than providing functional rooms. The new building is meant to foster interdisciplinary exchange among scientists, and above all seeks to establish an appropriate position for EPFL in the global research scene.

The building is made up of a single large-scale room with casually arranged functional areas, radiating impressive openness. The dynamic topography of the floor and ceiling creates a fascinating roomscape, divided into zones by a variety of lighting scenes. In the process, the ceiling is not only changed by daylight but also reflects the artificial lighting back into the room. The building is certified according to the Minergie standard, and luminaires with a very high output ratio had to be installed because of the building's size and in line with SANAA's request for indirect lighting.

The specially developed luminaires have been installed as individual luminaires or in twin or triplet configurations, allowing to create any lighting situation required by using a single creative design element. Thanks to the luminaires' flexible fixture, a variety of different angles can be set in relation to the diffusely reflecting ceiling. Many of the total of 282 custom luminaires have been fitted with an extra 100 W halogen lamp for emergency lighting purposes, in addition to a 35 W HIT metal halide lamp with a special IOS reflector system. In the lobby and reception area, LED downlights and elegant light lines additionally provide functional lighting while setting creative accents. In the offices, which have been designed as circular booths, minimalist free-standing luminaires create a pleasant working atmosphere.

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Tomá Bata University Centre
Zlín, Czech Republic
Owner: Tomáš-Bata-Universität, Zlín (CZ)
Architect: Al Design s.r.o. und Eva Jiricna Architects, Prag (CZ)
Joy of learning

The new university centre of the Tomá Bata University in Zlín is a symbol of the city's investment into its citizens and their future – and an appropriate tribute to the visionary ideals of the philantropist and industrialist after whom it was named.

The building's extraordinary structure is based on two crescent-shaped units accommodating the reading rooms, classrooms and book archives. Between the units there is a spacious atrium lit from the top where people find space to relax. The staircase towers located at both ends of the curved façade form the main vertical link between the galleries along both sides of the atrium, giving the building an uncluttered, practical look. This very clear design, which is typical of architect Eva Jiřičná, with maximum functionality is also reflected in the lighting system.

The clear lines of the building are emphasized by equally clear SLOTLIGHT light lines installed in the rooms. Thanks to its calm, geometrical stylistic idiom, CLARIS II, which is frequently used in school buildings, could not fail to impress either. In the centrally located atrium, it has been installed as a continuous row system with a total length of 54 m. Both direct and indirect light is provided throughout the room, providing a uniform, warm and diffuse lighting scene. In the other main areas, SLOTLIGHT and MIREL II lighting systems have been installed to supplement the light reflected by the atrium. MIREL II louvre luminaires assembled to form architecturally striking light lines provide uniform, glare-free lighting for the libraries and computer workstations.
For highlighting the edges and lines along the windows and peripheral areas, fluorescent lamps have been recessed into the ceilings and walls, underlining the sculptural interior design. The Tomá Bata University is a trendsetting example of how to perfectly integrate lighting into a design concept.

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Royal Northern College of Music
Manchester, England
Owner: Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester (GB)
Architect: MBLA Architects + Urbanists, Manchester (GB)
Electrical consultants: Gifford and Partners, Manchester (GB)
Display windows for music

The striking new building of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester's city centre attracts attention. Cubes nested into each other demonstrate monumental geometry seemingly in contrast with the building's purpose - the lightness of music. The building's very small floor area has been used to optimum effect by adding an acoustic buffer against traffic noise doubling up as a shop window for the college. Additional appeal is achieved by lighting in variable colours, which turns the space into a glowing light box with spectacular colour changes, attracting the attention of passers-by. Inside, the lighting system is supplemented by the flush-mounted LIGHTTOOLS lighting channel system incorporating four different lighting modules: spotlights, downlights, linear luminaires and wallwashers.

In almost every area, large windows and skylights allow plenty of daylight to enter the room. Where this is not sufficient, artifical lighting is added via the lighting management system. In concert with pleasant colours and ergonomically compatible furniture, rooms of experience are created that make students want to learn - flexibly and conveniently, and with a focus on saving resources.
According to Craig Jackson from Gifford and Partners, who specified the lighting, the lighting design was strongly influenced by the acoustically sensitive environment. “The luminaires must be robust and without parts which could reverberate from the sound of the instruments,” says Jackson. This special challenge has been met by the LIGHTFIELDS recessed luminaire, which, due to its special micro-pyramidal optic, provides extremely uniform, glare-free light, helping to increase the brilliant young students' concentration.

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KHBO – Katholieke Hogeschool
Brügge, Belgium
Owner: KHBO, Katholieke Hogeschool, Brugge Oostende (BE)
Architect: Tijdelijke Vereniging S.A.R. – De Vloed, Heusden-Destelbergen (BE)
Electrical consultants: Studiebureau De Klerck Engineering, Brügge (BE)
Electrical installations: Electro Entreprise NV, Gullegem (BE)
Creating a landmark

The new building of the Catholic University College in Bruges is a landmark characterised by architectural contradictions. The façade towards the street is closed, featuring only a single window in the study department, while the façade towards the campus presents itself extremely open. Exciting contrasts are created by a combination of steel, glass, concrete and wood. At the same time, the modular approach allows for adjusting the building to new studying requirements in the future.

The atrium has been designed as a three-dimensional junction featuring wide stairs, open galleries as well as seating areas and islands for studying. According to the architects' preferences, the building was to be fitted mainly with indirect lighting. The MIROS projector-mirror system provides an architecturally sophisticated and technically perfect lighting solution, illuminating the up to 10 m high rooms with uniform, glare-free light. The system's warm light creates a fascinating contrast to the rather cool concrete/glass architecture. Concludes Koen De Klerck: "Using both functional and atmospheric lighting we have sought to enhance the architecture and the building's surroundings even further. In the process, both flexibility and maintenance aspects have been taken into account." The projector-mirror system appears to be part of the building design, and has also been installed in the two auditoriums and the cafeteria.

The lecture halls and seminar rooms, which are accommodated in the three striking blocks, can be reached via the auditorium. In the classrooms, MIREL recessed luminaires installed flush in the ceiling provide plenty of light. In the circulation areas, a special section with indirect distribution provides pleasant, glare-free light.

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Gent University – Campus Schoonmersen
Gent, Belgium
Owner: Hogeschool Gent, Campus Schoonmeersen (OLC), Gent (BE)
Architect: cv baro, Gent (BE)
Electrical installations: Technum, Sint-Denijs-Westr (BE)
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The latest showcase project of Gent University was designed by architects from the cv baro studio: in addition to a number of flats, Schoonmeersen Campus also accommodates several cafeterias and the Hogeschool’s sports centre.

The clients opted for the TECTON continuous-row lighting system to be installed in large areas of the building complex. Fitted with high-quality matt reflector optics, the continuous-row lighting system provides pleasant lighting conditions in classrooms and auditoriums, as well as in the reception area and in the library. All these rooms are fitted with suspended acoustic ceiling panels. This is why it would have been very difficult to use conventional recessed luminaires, which would also have required considerable compromise in terms of design. The flexible TECTON continuous-row lighting system proved to be the ideal solution. Like the acoustic ceiling panels, the track system can be suspended as well, so that the luminaires now match the architecture perfectly.

The TECTON lighting system installed at Gent University creates optimum lighting conditions in classrooms, and is also highly efficient.

Another argument in favour of TECTON is its pre-wired eleven-pole track: using the integrated DALI bus line, the luminaires installed in the library and the cafeteria enable daylight-based lighting control. The result is a lighting solution controlled via LUXMATE PROFESSIONAL which provides a pleasant lighting atmosphere 24 hours a day and at the same time reduces energy consumption considerably. In order to keep maintenance costs as low as possible, projector/mirror systems were installed in the entrance area and the five-metre high corridor zones, which allowed to mount the spotlights used at an accessible height so that only a minimum of time is required for relamping.

Quite different, however, is the situation in the cafeteria. Thanks to modern furniture and green transparent chairs, a playful touch is added to these areas – also because of the COPA D high-bay reflector luminaire used. The large roof protecting the footpath between the two buildings of Schoonmersen Campus is illuminated by high-pressure halogen spotlights and RAIN moisture-proof luminaires.

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Cooper Union
New York, USA
Owner: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York (US)
Architect: Morphosis Architects, Los Angeles, New York (US)
Lighting design: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, Los Angeles (US)
A meteorite in Manhattan

The new university building of the Cooper Union located in New York's East Village presents itself as an angular metal structure. The spectacular architecture designed by Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne boasts a lighting system based on an equally fascinating lighting design. During the day, the structure shines in white to metal anthracite grey; at night, it softly glows from inside.

This work by the California-based architect creates controversy among New Yorkers, breaking established conventions and being ahead of the times. As a sign of provocation, for instance, Mayne has made the elevator stop only on three out of nine floors. This feature ultimately directs the students' and visitors' attention towards the staircase, unless they have not been attracted earlier by its breathtaking architecture. Like a huge vortex, it ascends upwards across all the floors, opening up towards the sky. Through a large skylight, daylight enters and floods down right to the ground floor.
The upper floors are therefore flooded with bluish daylight, which, as it travels downwards, gradually mixes with increasingly warm artificial lighting provided by VIVO spotlights.

In the other areas of the building, the lighting concept is based on specific functions. In the laboratories, for instance, twice as many light sources have been used as in the seminar rooms, in order to make subtle colours differences and details more easily perceptible. The seminar rooms and numerous laboratories presented a special technical lighting challenge: the luminous panels installed in the ceiling had to be integrated in the heating and cooling modules also installed in the ceiling. A tricky task, yet readily taken care of on account of the building's general environmental compatibility. With this design, Thom Mayne has set new standards, not only in terms of visual attraction. As the first university building in the USA, the new Cooper Union building is about to receive the LEED Platinum Award, the country's most important environmental compatibility prize.

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Cité d’Architecture et du Patrimoine
Paris, France
Owner: Cité d’Architecture et du Patrimoine (FR)
Architect: Agence Bodin, Paris (FR)
Lighting design: Agence Bodin, Paris (FR)
Electrical consultants: GEC Ingenierie, Paris (FR)
The light of France

There are not many venues dedicated so completely to architecture and showing this in such an impressive way like the modern neo-classical Palais Chaillot on the Seine. Following careful renovation, the world's largest Architecture Centre was opened in the building's magnificent east wing in 2007. Since then, the prestigious building has accommodated several institutions that bring historical and modern architecture and France's cultural heritage together under one roof.

The lighting design of the spacious entrance hall on the ground floor imparts this area with a clear structure, enhancing visitor orientation and centralising access to the various areas. The light lines set in the ceiling trace the main axes of the hall along the monumental columns.

The open-access library with its high-ceilinged, flowing rooms houses some 28,000 books. Jean Francois Bodin has managed, without major interference with the fabric of the building, to create a functional, contemporary library interior. The reconstructed fresco cycle from Saint Savin sur Gartempe Abbey has been set centre stage using a luminaire especially developed for this purpose. The barrel vault of the 40 m long room is flooded by warm light provided by reflectors based on the TECTON system, which have been installed above the shelves on the wall.

The impressive gallery of architecture expands across the curved room occupying the complete second floor of the wide building tract. The central exhibition area is illuminated uniformly by seven large, backlit ceiling rotundas; the lighting can be controlled to provide a variety of illuminance levels, if required.

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