Employees as a success factor
The performance of a company's employees and therefore its long-term success are based on a positive working atmosphere. Appropriate conditions are provided by new office worlds and architectural concepts.
Working environments of the future
Thanks to innovative technologies, people's working environments and private lives are no longer strictly demarcated. Flexible working hours and work locationsincrease employees' freedom and self-determination, allowingfor maximum individuality.
The sustainability principle
Sustainability is an increasingly important principle of business activity. A concept that can be brought to life and therefore made sustainably successful needs motivated, highly aware employees more than anything else.


Working and feeling at ease

"The purpose of offices is to facilitate processes and provide people with appropriate room layouts in which they can work productively and effectively while remaining healthy and feeling at ease. Offices also cost lots of money. However, staff costs account for over 80 % of total costs. Trying to make savings in the wrong area can be dangerous. If, for example, the acoustics and lighting in an office are poor, this inevitably results in reduced productivity. Basically, employees cannot be motivated and creative unless they feel at ease. Investment that safeguards the well-being of staff pays for itself quickly."

Prof. Dieter Lorenz
Social Sciences and Cultural Studies Faculty,
Central Hesse University of Applied Sciences | DE

Recommended products:
AERO II | Waveguide luminaire
DIMLITE | Lighting management
  • Lighting that is appropriate for a particular visual task improves visual performance
  • Lighting quality in excess of standard requirements promotes well-being and reduces distractions
  • A correctly used, modern LED solution is an intelligent alternative to conventional lighting systems
Recommended products:
ONDARIA | Circular luminaire
CIRIA | Control point
  • Attractive room and lighting solutions make it easier to identify with one's company
  • Pleasant room concepts meet individual needs and provide quiet areas where one can work without interruption
  • Daylight has a positive effect on motivation and commitment
  • LED solutions exemplify the spirit of innovation and are an intelligent alternative to conventional lighting solutions
Recommended products:
LUXMATE LITENET | Lighting management
  • Light affects the human hormone system and provides the circadian body clock with important time cues: when properly used, light stabilises sleep/wake rhythms
  • By changing the quantity of light, light colour and direction of light, artificial lighting reinforces the effect of daylight in interiors
  • By doing so, light has a considerable effect on well-being and boosts motivation and health
  • LED luminaires have an appropriate light spectrum and allow continuous changes in light colour and brightness levels
Recommended products:
ECOOS | Pendant luminaire
  • Employees are the most important resource and the biggest cost factor
  • Investment and operating costs amount to less than a fifth of staff costs
  • Successful room and lighting solutions work on behalf of employees
Making work easier
Creating an identity
Promoting health
Employees as a cost factor


VIVALDI design software


Technology and flexibility

"Devising a contemporary lighting solution involves performing a balancing act to reconcile sometimes diverging requirements, namely finding a solution that is technically intelligent and aesthetically highly attractive as well as economically sustainable. The finished concept must also be extremely flexible in use."

Willfried Kramb
Interior designer | a·g Licht Planungsbüro, Bonn | DE
Recommended products:
ONDARIA | Opal circular luminaire
LUXMATE LITENET | Lighting management
  • Flexibly used, modifiable task areas are breaking down rigid office and room concepts of the past
  • Lighting controls make it possible to adapt a lighting situation at the push of a button
  • In open-plan areas, lighting is used in order to provide structures and orientation
  • Intelligent control systems divide space up into various daylight zones in order to optimise energy efficiency
Recommended products:
MELLOW LIGHT | Recessed luminaire
EMOTION | Lighting management
  • Variable lighting solutions pave the way for creative, communicative working
  • Modern lighting and room concepts preserve individuality and provide quiet areas where one can work without interruption
  • The growing range of applications of electronic media is placing more exacting requirements on glare limitation
Recommended products:
OPURA | Free-standing luminaire
CIRIA | Lighting management
  • The subjectively best light can be set for each workplace at the push of a button
  • Brightness and colour temperature are important factors for individual lighting
  • Lighting management allows tailor-made lighting scenes and lets users interact with the building
  • Zonal and activity-related lighting solutions are increasingly replacing uniform general lighting
Recommended products:
ELEEA | Pendant luminaire
LIGHT FIELDS LED | Recessed and
surface-mounted luminaire
  • Lighting control systems ensure the ability to respond quickly and straightforwardly to modified room concepts
  • Luminaire ranges that are highly flexible meet highly varied requirements while retaining a consistent design
  • Blinds management protects against glare without breaking visual contact with the external environment
Creating different zones
Bolstering activity
Preserving individuality
Being flexible


Effectiveness and efficiency

"Making sustainable construction measurable and assessable – this is the goal of certification systems such as DGNB, LEED and BREEAM. The crucial challenge in optimising buildings is to enable user comfort and convenience using as little energy and as few resources as possible. Two things are decisive in achieving this: smart design and energy-efficient technologies."

Dietmar Geiselmann, Dipl. Ing. M. Sc.
Transsolar Inc., Stuttgart and Munich | DE, New York | US
  • Sustainable construction pays for itself: property asset values are up to 35 % higher than those of conventional builds and energy consumption drops by 45 %
  • Light makes a significant contribution towards the energy efficiency of a building
  • An efficient lighting solution that takes into account human needs and economic aspects scores valuable points when it is time for a building to achieve sustainability certification
Recommended products:
LUXMATE ED-SENS | Presence detector
  • Integrated solutions cover all building services, functional and activity areas
  • Interconnected building services simplify operation, maintenance and servicing
  • Besides classic task areas, entrance, adjoining and outdoor areas also play an important role
Recommended products:
LIGHT FIELDS LED | Recessed and
surface-mounted luminaire
CREDOS | LED downlight
  • Replacing obsolete lighting solution saves energy and maintenance costs and also cuts CO2 emissions
  • This investment pays for itself quickly, especially if combined with a lighting control system
  • A modern lighting solution makes an employer seem more attractive and increases the value of a property
Being sustainable
Taking a holistic view
Rational refurbishment


Intelligent networks for offices and communication

A lighting control system is the only way to get all the benefits of a modern lighting solution. Lighting management has an impact on aspects such as ergonomic factors, economic efficiency and safety.


  • Ergonomic thanks to dynamic lighting
  • Saving energy
  • Ensuring safety
  • Greater empowerment

High-end room management system
with lighting and blinds control

Lighting management for several rooms

Lighting management for individual rooms

INCONTROL software
This software enables employees to
control all luminaires and blinds directly
from their PC or smart phone

CIRIA control point
More than 20 different lighting scenes
can be programmed and called up as
required using the multifunctional CIRIA
control point

CIRCLE Tune control point
The same size as a standard momentary-
action switch, the CIRCLE control point
provides three lighting scenes at the push
of a button – and the option of varying
light intensity and colour temperature

Maintenance control
Zumtobel uses the software-based
Maintenance Control function to prevent
age-related declines in brightness

Presence detector
The LUXMATE sensor reliably captures
movements in a room with high resolution
and great sensitivity

Tunable White automatic controller
With the latest generation of LITENET
devices, the colour temperature of lighting
can be varied in accordance with a
proposed timeline or be varied individually
throughout the entire building

Daylight sensor
The LUXMATE Look Out sensor directly
faces the window and is used to precisely
match artificial lighting to the available

Daylight measuring head
The daylight measuring head captures
sky conditions and uses them to calculate
the optimum settings for the entire
Lighting management
Overview of products
Sensors and automatic controllers


Emergency lighting

High-end design runs through Zumtobel's versatile ONLITE luminaire product range like a common thread. The luminaires can be powered, controlled and monitored centrally or locally. Easy installation and commissioning as well as low power and maintenance requirements keep both investment and operating costs down.

A frame made of special aluminium, a low mounting height and a recognition range of 30 m – these are the external dimensions of the slime-line PURESIGN. Inside the escape sign luminaire, state-of-the-art LED and lighting technology is used.

Design by EOOS

This elegant escape sign luminaire is characterised by transparent acrylic glass and anodised aluminium. Innovative LED technology and a recognition range of 30 m are additional features.

Design by EOOS

The smallest escape sign luminaire in the ONLITE range offers maximum reliability and efficiency. High-output power LEDs which are absolutely maintenance-free and boast a long service life ensure a recognition range of 15 m.

Design by Matteo Thun

Equipped with the latest LED technology, the new generation of ONLITE luminaires achieves energy efficiency levels in excess of 100 lm/W. Their energy consumption of 4.5 W results in energy savings of up to 60 %.

ONLITE central CPS
Emergency lighting systems with central power supply

Building on a modular system, Zumtobel adapts every central-battery system to meet customers' exact project-specific needs. Each DALI luminaire in a central-battery system can be used as a separately monitored and individually controlled emergency luminaire. Other advantages of DALI-based communication: minimum maintenance effort, fail-safe data communication and no need for additional communication modules in luminaires

Inspiringly diverse
Functional design
Overall solution


Lighting solutions - Team office

Human Aspects + Energy Efficiency =
Humanergy Balance

Underlying conditions:
Team office, 12.5 m x 5 m, 8 hours/day, 250 days/year

• ELEEA louvre luminaires, indirect/direct light distribution

Lighting quality
– Direct/indirect lighting ensures pleasant visual conditions
   in a room

Energy efficiency
– Lighting using louvre luminaires projects light efficiently onto
   the task area with relatively little loss

Human Aspects + Energy Efficiency =
Humanergy Balance

Underlying conditions:
Team office, 12.5 m x 5 m, 8 hours/day, 250 days/year

• ECOOS MPO luminaires, indirect/direct light distribution
• DIMLITE Single lighting management system

Lighting quality
– Lighting is virtually completely glare-free thanks to a
   microprismatic optic
– All-round 360° light emission creates a friendly vista
– Architectural arrangement of luminaires at right angles to
   the windows is in alignment with the axes of a building

Energy efficiency
– Shifting lighting emphasis in favour of the direct light
   component has a positive effect on energy consumption
– Manual dimming of lighting opens up scope for further
   potential savings

Human Aspects + Energy Efficiency =
Humanergy Balance

Underlying conditions:
Team office, 12.5 m x 5 m, 8 hours/day, 250 days/year

• LIGHT FIELDS LED luminaires
• TECTON Tetris continuous-row system
• LUXMATE EMOTION lighting management system

Lighting quality
– With an axis-oriented arrangement, direct/indirect
   light offers balanced luminances in a room
– Additional illumination of vertical surfaces makes a
   room look larger and also has a biological effect

Energy efficiency
– Time-based control reduces the actual energy
   consumption of lighting





K&L Gates Law Office in London
London, England
Owner: Land Securities, London (UK)
Architect: LSM, Washington (US)
Lighting design: Seider Ligthing Design, Berlin (DE)
Electrical consultants: Hilson Moran Partnership, London (UK)
Electrical installations: Phoenix Electrical Company Ltd, London (UK)
Photos: Richard Bryant,
The One New Change shopping and office complex, designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel and developed by Land Securities, undoubtedly boasts the largest and most impressive mirror in London’s inner city. Ever-changing fragmented images of the mighty Saint Paul’s Cathedral are reflected in the dramatic, multi-faceted façade. The global law firm K&L Gates has set up business on two of the building’s four office floors.

Washington-based architects LSM designed the 10,000 square metre office area in cooperation with lighting designer Christopher Seider of Seider Design in Berlin. “For the international expansion of K&L Gates, we developed a clear and modern aesthetic with a unique synergy of light, spatial expression and incorporating of artwork,” says Debra Lehman-Smith, design partner at LSM. “Important aspects of this concept are the use of daylight and integration with the surrounding environment.”

From the reception area, the café and the large conference rooms, one has a direct view of the dome of the Baroque cathedral amidst multifarious reflections. The interplay of space and illusion is so typical of that period in history and it continues in the contemporary manner in the K&L Gates interior spaces. Customised continuous row SLOTLIGHT from Zumtobel provide the basic lighting by accenting the edges of the ceiling planes and columns. The light axes are mirrored in the numerous transparent glass interior walls, overlapped with fragmented Baroque images.

The continuous row lighting also serves to subtly delineate the different areas of the office: while a colour temperature of 3,000 K dominates the general areas, the workspaces are illuminated with 4,000 K.

The result of this intensive cooperation between the architect, lighting designer and luminaire manufacturer is a simple, elegant and characteristic continuum of lines, images and space. Or, as the architect Debra Lehman-Smith says: “We have been working with K&L Gates for nearly 20 years. But the London project is truly the pinnacle of this process.”

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Lustenau, Austria
Owner: Baumschlager Eberle, Lustenau (AT)
Architect: Baumschlager Eberle, Lustenau (AT)
Lighting design: Symetrys, Lustenau (AT)
Lighting technology: Graf Elektro, Dornbirn (AT)
Electrical installations: Graf Elektro, Dornbirn (AT)
“More convenience with less energy” is the motto of the architect Dietmar Eberle for the new six-story building “2226” in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg. The name of the building “2226” refers to the temperature spectrum between 22 and 26 degrees Celsius, which is perceived as pleasant by most people around the world. Thanks to an ingenious system consisting of traditional and modern construction methods, this temperature is maintained constantly in the building – without the use of heating or air conditioning. Instead, Dietmar Eberle relies on the optimal utilisation of daylight, high ceilings and large room depths, effective air circulation and solid walls.

With the aid of innovative software it is also possible to take into account the weather conditions and the number of people present in the building. For this revolutionary architecture project Zumtobel developed a suitable lighting concept that fulfils the architect’s high standards of efficiency, design and multi-functionality.

With an area of nearly 2,500 square metres the office building houses Eberle’s architecture studio “be baumschlager eberle”, as well as other offices, a cafeteria and two famous galleries. The light solution is optimally adapted to the different lighting requirements. The decorative LINARIA luminaire provides for general lighting and ideal light conditions for orientation of the residents and visitors throughout the building. Optimal illumination of the office workplaces is ensured by functional and aesthetic standing luminaires. LED spots of the PANOS INFINITY series deliver very high-quality light for homogeneous general illumination of the traffic areas on the office floor.

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Illwerke Centre Montafon
Vandans, Austria
Owner: Vorarlberger Illwerke AG, Bregenz (AT)
Architect: Hermann Kaufmann ZT GmbH, Schwarzach (AT)
Lighting design: Manfred Remm, Dornbirn (AT)
Electrical consultants: el Plan Elmar Lingg Elektroplanung, Schoppernau (AT)
Like a huge, 120 metre long wafer bar the new Illwerke Centre Montafon (IZM) stands between the street and the visitors’ parking lot, pointing out toward the lake. With a usable area of 10,000 square metres, the five-storey hydro-power competence centre of the Vorarlberg Illwerke AG is one of the world’s biggest office buildings erected using hybrid timber construction. The building was planned by the Vorarlberg architect Hermann Kaufmann. On the basis of a master plan from Kuess / Hörburger, Kaufmann emerged as the winner from a total of 13 competitors.

His concept: the entire building was based on a modular principle with serial components. Surface-joined pillars integrated in the façade support wood-concrete composite elements, which are held in the middle axis by a steel girder. The wood façade itself is protected by canopies from the effects of weather and overheating in the summer. If the current capacity for 270 employees should ever prove to be insufficient, additional storeys can be added to the building at any time. The necessary static measures have already been taken.

Inside, the foyer is very impressive with a coloured light installation by Miriam Prantl. The interior would of otherwise, been dominated by wood. The artificial lighting of the interior takes this into account: with the exception of the conventional luminaires in the basement, all luminaires are executed as LED versions. Essentially, the lighting consists of custom LED light lines that are adapted to the exact characteristics of the different areas and emphasise the extremely long length of the office building. All workplaces are located near the large window areas on both sides to ensure the best possible combination of daylight and artificial light.

The design of the ceiling as a heating/cooling ceiling required the use of surface-mounted instead of recessed ceiling luminaires. With a micro prism lens and a UGR value below 19, they provide optimal, homogeneous and glare-free light at the workplace. In addition, the approximately 1,000 luminaires were manufactured in a customised size of 100 x 1,845 millimetres and arranged to enable future flexibility of the workplace layout.

Linear luminaires (SUPERSYSTEM special versions) installed in the middle zones of the offices had to be integrated to fit exactly into the pre-fabricated architectural elements. They illuminate the communication or retreat areas which are furnished in colourful contrast to the wood appearance. The 40 millimetre wide LED light lines are combined with oak trim over a length of several metres. The disguise is perfect – not the luminaire, but only the light is visible.

All luminaires are connected to daylight sensors and motion detectors. Due to the HVAC engineering and lighting concept, the IZM was designed as a green building. It was also awarded a gold certificate by the Austrian Society for Sustainable Real Estate Management (ÖGNI).

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Boros Agency
Berlin, Germany
Owner: Agentur Boros, Berlin (DE)
Architect: Jens Casper, Realarchitektur, Berlin (DE)
Lighting design: SUPERSYMETRICS Aysil Sari | Herbert Resch, Zug (CH)
Electrical installations: ETM Elektrotechnik Müller, Müncherberg (DE)
With dignity the mighty Hercules statue keeps watch over the conference hall in the former pumping station on Hallesches Ufer in Berlin, where the art collector and entrepreneur Christian Boros now has his publishing house and communication agency. Built in the neo-renaissance style, the pumping station was in operation for 100 years until the 1980s, when it became the Lapidarium, a museum for the historic figures from the city’s collection of  sculptures.

Untouched by time, the colossal cast stone figures still stand in the protected monument to technology. Employees and customers are no longer met at the entrance by history buffs, but rather by Mercury, the patron saint of merchants, and Borussia, the female personification of Prussia. The landmarked and protected historic structure was discreetly enhanced by integrating a black concrete sculpture, which complements the historic structure at an appropriate distance in order not to violate the monument protection regulations.

The areas and functions thus created interconnect with the surrounding main hall, without diminishing its spatial qualities. The few new materials, such as the dyed concrete, oiled oak, bronze and the dark floor, will age with dignity and leave their own historic trace – just like Hercules.

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Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC)
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Owner: Abu Dhabi Investment Council, Abu Dhabi (AE)
Architect: Aedas, Abu Dhabi (AE)
Electrical consultants: Arup, London (UK)
Electrical installations: BK Gulf, Dubai (AE)
The Al Bahar Towers are the newest addition to the Abu Dhabi skyline. For the structure, which consists of two cylindrical towers each with a height of 150 m, Aedas architects together with the engineering firm Arup developed an innovation for then extremely hot and sunny climatic conditions in Abu Dhabi. The façade, inspired by Arabian architecture, offers thermal protection while simultaneously allowing optimal use of the solar energy. All of these measures combined reduce the CO2 emissions of the Al Bahar Towers, built in accordance with the LEED standard, by 40%.

The Zumtobel lighting solution supports not only the resource-saving concept, but also fulfils the requirements for modern office lighting and accents the architecture. The efficient downlights PANOS INFINITY and the recessed luminaire SLOTLIGHT II, which were adapted to the architectural requirements of the ADIC, create a pleasant and communicative work atmosphere. The vertical installation of the SLOTLIGHT II in the ceilings produces the impression that the light is moving toward the centre of the cylindrical building, therefore accentuating a central design element of the architecture.

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Credit Suisse
Zurich, Switzerland
Owner: Credit Suisse AG, Zurich (CH)
Architect: Stuecheli-Architekten AG, Zurich (CH)
Lighting design: Reflexion AG, Zurich (CH)
According to its mission “to create the workplace of the future”, Credit Suisse has implemented its “smart working concept” for its new Uetlihof 2 building. Rather than working in narrow cubicles or dreary open-plan office structures, staff members are free to make a new choice every day: to work at a conventional workstation at the “home base”, to do creative work in the “business garden”, to concentrate on a specific task in the “quiet zones” or to go to the “worklab” to join a temporary project team. Depending on the type of work to be done, a variety of areas are available where staff members can move around flexibly.


Markus Basler, Corporate Workplace Manager Credit Suisse  

“The idea behind the smart working concept is that staff members no longer have their fixed personal workstation but choose the workstation that suits them best at any given moment.”

Markus Basler, Corporate Workplace Manager Credit Suisse


In this concept, the lighting plays a key role, as a pleasant room climate is extremely important for people's sense of well-being and productivity. In addition, according to the smart working concept, the flexible use of space anticipates the workplace of the future. Naturally, an inflexible lighting system integrated into the ceiling was not an option.


Markus Natter, Head Environement Management Credit Suisse  

“For Credit Suisse, the focus is always on people. The use of LED technology is a clear goal, as it provides optimum lighting quality for staff members while meeting our high standards in terms of sustainability.”
Markus Natter, Head Environement Management Credit Suisse

Therefore a lighting solution had to be developed which was to be flexible, adjustable and also visually attractive while meeting high sustainability and energy efficiency standards. After all, the building was to comply with the Minergie P Eco standard. Moreover, Switzerland's so far largest Minergie P Eco building received the Watt d’Or 2013 – a prize awarded by the Swiss Federal Energy Agency for top performance with respect to energy.


Georg Högger, Sales Director Zumtobel Schweiz  

“This Project is unique in terms of dimensions, but the interplay of design and new technology also makes it a beacon project. This achievement is owed primarily to the commitment of the people at Zumtobel and the project partners.”
Georg Högger, Sales Director Zumtobel Switzerland

The » SFERA free-standing LED luminaire with SWARMCONTROL was developed in cooperation with Credit Suisse on a partnership basis.


Stefan Niffeler, Head Regional Sourcing Credit Suisse  

“Zumtobel’s power and commitment for this project eventually convinced us that we had found the right partner. After all, we wanted something completely new, something for which there was not yet a solution available on the market.” 
Stefan Niffeler, Head Regional Sourcing Credit Suisse

Above all, the solution should be simple: one plug, one power cable, and pools of light created by the luminaires communicating with each other, which create a pleasant atmosphere for staff members, based on available daylight and the presence of office users. SFERA meets all these requirements perfectly: it provides adaptive light, which anticipates and intuitively adjusts to people's needs. This milestone in lighting technology has been made possible by combining SENSCONTROL III with innovative SWARMCONTROL technology.


SFERA free-standing LED luminaire
The combination of innovative SWARMCONTROL technology with SENSCONTROL III makes SFERA not only the perfect solution for Credit Suisse, but also meets numerous challenges involved in contemporary office concepts. It provides personalised lighting quality at each staff member's workstation and allows the greatest possible degree of flexibility even in situations when the arrangement of workstations in the office is changed.

SWARMCONTROL is based on two key functions – the corridor function and the presence-based function. The corridor function provides for safety and orientation. The luminaires are dimmed up successively thanks to a built-in presence detector, showing people their way to the workstation. At the workstation, the presence-based function ensures ideal lighting conditions with a mean illuminance level of up to 500 lx. Yet every staff member can adjust the lighting quantity at any time to suit his/her personal preferences. Via radio signals transmitted to the luminaire's neighbouring luminaires, a so-called light cloud is created that conjures up a pleasant atmosphere in the room. Over and above this, an ideal lighting situation is guaranteed that provides greater visual comfort for the various tasks to be fulfilled and has a positive impact on the staff members' performance.

No additional software is needed to configure the luminaires. Even if the workstations are rearranged, SWARMCONTROL can adjust the lighting to the changed situation.

» All about SFERA with SWARMCONTROL.

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Vodafone Village
Milan, Italy
Architect: Dante O. Benini & Partners Architects, Milan (IT)
Lighting design: Dante O. Benini & Partners Architects, Milan (IT)
Lighting technology: Studio AS ingg Srl, Milan (IT)
Electrical installations: Milani Giovanni & C. Srl, Osnago Lecco (IT)
Like hardly any other Italian city, the fashion metropolis of Milan strives for ecological balance and sustainability. This can be seen at the new headquarters of the world’s second largest telecommunications company: Vodafone. Through the intelligent use of resources, Vodafone Village, consisting of three networked buildings, has succeeding in reducing the environmental impact of more than 3,000 workplaces by half. A LEED Silver Certificate underlines the ambitious plans of the architects Dante O. Benini & Partner, which also demands maximum performance on the part of the involved partners.

On an area of more than 67,000 m2 Zumtobel implemented a versatile lighting solution that not only saves energy and minimises maintenance, but also fulfils the high standards with respect to aesthetics and light quality. The solution provides a broad range of lighting functions: In the foyer, auditorium and skybar the architecture is masterfully enhanced to create a pleasant atmosphere, while ideal lighting conditions in the offices facilitate the diverse tasks performed there. Due to their comprehensive product portfolio Zumtobel were able to implement the right lighting solution for all areas of the facilities, including integration of a central emergency light control system, which not only ensures employee safety, but also contributes to the sustainable concept of the building through energy efficiency and user-friendly maintenance.

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Google Headquarters
London, UK
Owner: Google Headquarters, London (UK)
Architect: Penson, London (UK)
Electrical installations: Elite Electrical, London (UK)
An entirely new type of modern working space was created at Google’s new offi ce premises on Buckingham Palace Road, London Victoria. No more long corridors, boring open-plan offices or austere conference rooms; instead, what you fi nd there is lively colours, stylish yet functional furniture and a splendid lighting ambience.

For the offices of the search engine giant, the London-based architecture and interior design studio Penson developed a completely new concept incorporating a combination of shrewd functions and some really clever and fresh thinking workplace strategies. The floors provide a mixture of different spaces and functions, ranging from a coffee lab, lounges, and a music studio, to plenty of very clever collaboration and working spaces. Most walls across the space are magnetic white board laminates, which allow scribbles across the entire floor. In addition to spacious areas for work and recreation, small nooks and crannies for people to use alone or in groups have also been provided.

The target this architectural masterpiece aims at is always the same: the space has to work around Google staff and not the other way round. The lighting concept had to follow the same principles: luminaires perfectly in line with the architecture and with the users’ requirements. Correspondingly, the lighting solution developed by Zumtobel creates workplace conditions in which people feel at ease as well as concentrated and motivated in their work – whether due to the soft lines of Ondaria circular luminaires in the conference rooms or the excellent quality of light provided by the LED downlights and light lines in the group and break rooms.

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Ropemaker Place
London, England
Owner: British Land, London (GB)
Architect: Arup Associates, London (GB)
Lighting design: SAS International, Reading (GB); Stortford Interiors, Bishop’s Stortford (GB)
Lighting design: SAS International, Reading (GB), Stortford Interiors, Bishop’s Stortford (GB)
A gentle welcome to London

On account of its dimensions alone, the 10.5 m high foyer of the new Ropemaker Place office tower located on the outskirts of London compels people to enter the building, stop and look around. Without fail, their eyes will be caught by the huge windows, the cosy seating area, the walls covered with walnut panels and, eventually, the ceiling. Gently curved like a wave, the ceiling is a truly spectacular structure. From here, the spacious lobby and the area extending to the porch are conspicuously flooded with pleasant light.

The three-dimensional, wave-shaped ceiling system has been developed jointly by Zumtobel and Arup Associates. The ceiling's illuminated, wave-shaped curves are made of white micro-perforated PPC sheet steel with an integrated acoustic pad. A transparent acrylic diffuser conceals individually controllable fluorescent lamps serving as direct/indirect sources of light. In addition, waveguide technology has been used to ensure very good glare control, providing balanced lighting with brilliant lighting quality.

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HDI Hannover
Hannover, Germany
Owner: HDI Gerling AG, Hannover (DE)
Architect: ingenhoven architects, Düsseldorf (DE)
Lighting design: Tropp Lighting Design GmbH, Weilheim (DE)
Electrical consultants: ZWP Ingenieur-AG, Köln (DE)
Electrical installations: Bauer Elektroanlagen GmbH, Halle (Saale) (DE)
Energy-efficient interplay of daylight and artificial lighting in offices

Growing staff numbers and the desire to bring various office locations together under one roof was the reason why the HDI-Gerling property insurance group commissioned a new group head office building in the north-eastern outskirts of Hanover. The architectural competition launched for this purpose was won by ingenhoven architects, who designed an administrative building with a floor space of 75,000 m2, including a central atrium and office wings arranged like the sails of a windmill. The discreet elegance of the building immediately strikes the eye.

It was important to the building owners that the building was adequately sized, designed in an aesthetically pleasing way and provided workplaces of equivalent quality, but they also wanted the building to consume as little energy and resources as possible. The essential components of the environmentally compatible building concept comprise triple glazing, thermally activated ceilings and parapets, recuperators connected to the atrium intended to act as a climate buffer, the utilisation of geothermal energy for heating and cooling – and all the offices were fitted with energy-efficient, flexible lighting solutions by Zumtobel.

Artificial lighting solution for all task areas
The design brief for the office lighting concept developed through close liaison between Zumtobel, Tropp Lighting Design and the architects was to develop an aesthetically attractive, flexible, intelligently controllable and efficient lighting solution that had to work in all office premises without any supplementary luminaires. A total of 3,996 double-length ECOOS pendant luminaires positioned along the room axes were used. In combination with a modern lighting control unit, it is easy to add just the right amount of artificial lighting, as required. The fact that control units can be used in any office at any time to individually override pre-set automatic system actions was an essential factor in securing user acceptance.

Flexibility and energy efficiency even for future room configurations
Easy installation/removal of modular ECOOS pendant luminaires also creates the best basis for responding to any future changes in floor plan configurations such as dividing large spaces up into smaller units. A variant model with additional centrally and laterally located LED downlights is used to realise special lighting scenes in Management Board rooms and several larger conference rooms.

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Oberalp Salewa
Bolzano, Italy
Owner: Oberalp Salewa (IT)
Architect: Cino Zucchi Architetti und Park Associati (Filippo Pagliani, Michele Rossi), Milan (IT)
Electrical consultants: Energytech, P.I. Gabriele Frasnelli, Bolzano (IT)
The SALEWA / Oberalp Group has built its new headquarters in compliance with all aspects of sustainability. A building has been created that perfectly matches the geographic situation and the SALEWA brand, as well as the history of the company, offering staff members an ideal environment to burgeon and be successful.

Distinguished with the “Work&Life” certificate of the ClimateHouse agency, the building fulfils all criteria with respect to ecological, economic and social sustainability. In this context, the photovoltaic system installed on the roof deserves special mention: it supplies the entire building with electricity autonomously, providing for a marked reduction in CO2 emissions. Apart from a day nursery, staff members dispose of a fitness centre and many other facilities.

Heiner Oberrauch  

“We had the vision to create a building where employees would feel at ease and which would at the same time adequately represent the SALEWA brand to the outside world.”
Heiner Oberrauch, President SALEWA / Oberalp Group

Filippo Pagliani, Architekt, Park Associati  

“The biggest challenge was to establish a connection with nature and with the surrounding environment.”
Filippo Pagliani, architect, Park Associati

Integral energy and lighting concept
The integral lighting concept of the building is literally a shining example. As it was a prerequisite that the staff should be able to see the Alpine world at any time, no blinds were installed to protect the office and exhibition rooms from the sun. Moreover, constant lighting conditions were required inside the building despite different daytime brightness levels. In order to meet these requirements, the dimmable IBLA luminaire was developed for the offices by Park Associati in collaboration with Zumtobel.
In the conference rooms, too, unobtrusive recessed luminaires were installed that offer variable lighting options to be used in a variety of ways, such as for meetings or presentations; thanks to the balanced light distribution, a bright and pleasant atmosphere is created in the rooms. From application examples and trials conducted by Zumtobel, we know that optimum room lighting not only improves the staff members' well-being, but also enhances their performance and willingness to communicate. For the exhibition and reception rooms, uniform general lighting is provided by batten luminaires and focussed display lighting via spotlights, ensuring individual illumination of the products on display.


Filippo Pagliani, Architekt, Park Associati  

“The new SALEWA headquarters reflect all the needs of a contemporary dynamic company. By complying with SALEWA's wishes for an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable building, we have managed to create a place of interaction and communication between staff members, customers and business partners. The lighting concept makes an essential contribution to creating a working and living environment where people feel at ease and which is in harmony with its environment at the same time.”
Filippo Pagliani, architect, Park Associati

Development of IBLA special luminaire
The dimmable luminaire offers both indirect and direct light. In this way, it contributes essentially to the pleasant atmosphere in the office rooms, at the same time ensuring ideal lighting conditions without glare at the computer workstations through its direct light component.

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Marktoberdorf administrative district office
Marktoberdorf, Germany
Owner: Landkreis Ostallgäu, Marktoberdorf (DE)
Architect: Stadtmüller.Burkhardt.Architekten, Kaufbeuren (DE)
Lighting design: Ing.-Büro Körbl + Feneberg GmbH, Füssen (DE)
Electrical consultants: Elektro EWR, Füssen (DE)
New look after successful facelift

Inside the historic walls of the 9,500 square metre administrative district office (Landratsamt) of Marktoberdorf, visitors are welcomed in modern rooms including open service areas. Light has played a major role in the office's refurbishment, and is now also a key factor in terms of creative design and commercial success. Compared to the former lighting system, energy consumption has been cut by 43 percent, while lighting quality has been increased at the same time. The building was successfully refurbished and extended by the architects' studio of Stadtmüller.Burkhard.Architekten, who claimed that “not only should old and new building components be sensitively combined, but the quality of work for staff members should be improved and the service character of the office should be made noticeable”.

All in all, almost 500 metres of the narrow SLOTLIGHT light lines provide a striking feature in the public areas and circulation zones. Installed flush in the ceiling, they produce uniform ambient brightness with light distribution barely interrupted by shadows. This is made possible by so-called Tetris technology incorporating overlapping T16 light sources and a separate reflector. This solution is impressive in terms of both lighting technology and design: thanks to PMMA luminaire diffusers, the light lines can be arranged in the room as required, independent of the position of the workstations, without producing reflections on computer displays.

The formerly dark corridors are brightened up by fresh, lively colours and contemporary luminaires: on every floor, LINARIA batten luminaires make it easy for people to find their way and ensure pleasant lighting conditions. As a prerequisite of energy-efficient operation, all luminaires are dimmable and fitted with presence detectors. To illuminate the office workstations, the electrical consultants opted for a direct/indirect luminaire. With light output ratio levels of up to 93 percent, the CLARIS II pendant luminaire meets the high requirements placed on energy-efficient solutions providing first-rate visual comfort. This solution perfectly combines a pleasant room ambience ensuring a good working atmosphere and energy-saving building operation.

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Angel Building
London, England
Owner: Derwent, London (GB)
Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), London (GB)
Lighting design: GIA Eqation, London (GB)
In the trend of the times

The renovation of the Angel Building in the North of London, which included an extension by 9,300 m², is impressive both from an architectural and an energetic point of view. Low energy requirements and high quality lighting were central conditions specified for this major renovation that transformed a six-storey 1980s office building into a BREEAM recognised ‚Green Building‘. Producing a high standard working environment with low energy consumption was difficult in the sense that the designers had to come to terms with the restrictions of the original building: the location of the building in the corner of the plot means that one of its facades is curved, so that lighting fixtures with special lengths had to be used. At the same time, the lighting was required to fulfil high quality standards with regard to efficiency and similarity to daylight. The work places in the building are therefore illuminated with a dynamic lighting system – using DALI controlled direct/indirect luminaires in two colour temperatures (3000 K and 4000 K) supplied by Zumtobel.

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Alexander Bürkle GmbH & Co.KG
Freiburg, Germany
Owner: Alexander Bürkle GmbH & Co.KG, Freiburg (DE)
Architect: Freyler Industriebau GmbH, Kenzingen (DE)
Electrical consultants: Planungsgruppe Burgert, Schallstadt (DE)
Electrical installations: El. Geppert, Breisach (DE)
Two applications, one solution

Alexander Bürkle GmbH have extended their site by building a 2,600 m² warehouse and an adjacent office building. As a participant in Freiburg’s ECOFIT promotion scheme, this Freiburg-based electrical wholesaler seizes every opportunity to ensure environmentally compatible and economically efficient operation by using the very latest technologies. Zumtobel’s innovative lighting concept is making a valuable contribution towards achieving the goal of reducing energy consumption without compromising excellent lighting quality.

The architecture of the new three-storey administrative building was ideal for exploiting the benefits of LEDs. The office premises were built without any columns or supporting elements to ensure flexible floor space usage. Zumtobel developed an equally modern office lighting concept based on a customisedt CRAYON LED downlight solution: 122 square CRAYON LED downlights fitted with 48 W lamps in a special 625 mm size model were installed flush with the ceiling. Their warm light colour (4000 K) not only creates pleasant, uniform ambient lighting; the luminaires also have a long service life, produce colour-stable light, and are maintenance free and dimmable.

The warehouse is characterised by functional, resource-conserving architecture with many skylights that let in as much daylight as possible. Artificial lighting is deliberately only used to achieve the required level of illuminance if there is insufficient natural light. Those responsible opted to use the tried-and-tested TECTON continuous-row lighting system for ambient lighting in the warehouse. This modular continuous row system offers optimal light for industrial applications and guarantees illuminance of 300 lux in conformity with applicable standards. The system can be extended flexibly, and reflectors and emergency luminaires can be added.

CRAYON LED downlights with IP 44 protection were installed in wet locations. This 12 W downlight achieves the same lighting levels as a 50 W halogen lamp or 18 W compact fluorescent lamp. This makes it possible to replace conventional downlights by more efficient, more durable LED luminaires with little effort.

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LifeCycle Tower ONE
Dornbirn, Austria
Owner: Cree GmbH, Rhomberg Bau, Bregenz (AT)
Architect: Hermann Kaufmann ZT GmbH, Schwarzach (AT)
Electrical consultants: Ingenieurbüro Brugger, Thüringen (AT)
Electrical installations: EGD Dornbirn (AT)
The LifeCycle Tower ONE (LCT ONE) in Dornbirn is the world’s first high-rise building with unencapsulated wood-hybrid construction. Officially opened in November 2012, the building impressively demonstrates the future of urban construction, in which innovative technologies, the latest scientific discoveries and a resource-conserving construction method were implemented masterfully. The absolute novelty of the seven-story building, which was built by Cree GmbH as the owner and a subsidiary of the Rhomberg Group, as well as the architecture studio Hermann Kaufmann: the structural elements are made of wood and are not covered with panels. This means that the unclad wood structure of the wood can be experienced inside the LCT ONE, which not only saves resources, but is also part of the fire prevention concept.

Constructed in a modular design, the modules of the LCT ONE were pre-fabricated in the factory and then installed at the construction site, which cuts the construction time by 50% compared with conventional building methods, as well as eliminating sources of errors and ensuring a high level of quality and a reliable cost calculation. In addition, resources are used optimally throughout the entire life cycle of the building to increase energy efficiency and significantly improve the CO2 balance. The LCT ONE sets new standards with respect to sustainability and quality and requires maximum performance on the part of everyone involved.

Zumtobel developed an innovative lighting solution for the LCT ONE for maximum light convenience, reduced energy costs and increased efficiency. Besides ultra-modern office lighting, the light control system LUXMATE LITENET was used throughout the building, combining such complex functions as daylight-based lighting management, control of blinds, presence monitoring, integration of emergency light and pre-defined room profiles in a central and user-friendly unit. Optimal utilisation of daylight, in combination with a total of 112 presence sensors, saves up to 75% of the energy needed for lighting.

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LVM insurance companies
Münster, Germany
Owner: LVM Landeswirtschaftlicher Versicherungsverein Münster (DE)
Architect: Duk-Kyu Ryang / HPP Düsseldorf (DE)
Electrical installations: Elektro Heikes GmbH & Co.KG, Münster (DE)
Light-/electric design: Ingenieurbüro Nordhorn, Münster (DE) (office area); Rhein Licht, Düsseldorf (DE) (public area)
Award-winning architecture with top-notch lighting design

On account of its resource-saving construction, the new building of the LVM insurance company has won the North Rhine-Westphalia award for architecture, residential construction and urban development on the subject of “Energy-efficient building for the future”. For the building, geothermal heating and – in summer – cooling is used, among other things; it is partly operated with solar energy, and its toilets are flushed with rainwater. The central point of the concept was to combine daylight and artificial lighting in a feasible manner. This is made possible by intelligent LUXMATE LITENET software: all the luminaires and blinds in the building are controlled by this lighting management system. In this way, artificial lighting is adjusted to the natural lighting conditions, which allows for energy savings of as much as 60 percent while providing perfect lighting quality.

The building is subdivided into several side arms branching off from a main corridor. Between these office blocks, there are glass-roofed inner courtyards, which are richly planted and serve as oases of calm. Thanks to the excellent lighting technology they incorporate, the COPA pendant luminaires mounted here provide elegant accent lighting for trees and shrubs. An architectural eye-catcher of the new building are the small multi-coloured panels incorporated into the glazed façade. For this purpose, small strips of film in different colours were applied to the high-insulation windows.

In compliance with the delicate building structure, the FREELINE direct/indirect luminaire easily blends into the office interiors. While precisely aligned direct light provides sufficient brightness in the task areas, indirect light reflected from the ceiling creates balanced shadow detail. The pendant luminaire features flexible illuminance. Fitted with a multi-watt electronic ballast, a higher-output 80 W fluorescent lamp can easily be fitted instead of a 49 W fluorescent lamp.

In the colourful cafeteria, a cosy feel-good atmosphere is created by PANOS downlights, which have been laterally recessed into the suspended ceilings, making the room appear higher and more pleasant.

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