For three days, visitors to Zumtobel's trade fair stand had the opportunity to let themselves be inspired by innovative lighting solutions which gently yet impressively show entire museums as well as individual exhibits in the right light. Curators, technical directors and conservators as well as gallery owners, architects and designers were impressed by products such as ARCOS Tunable White, MICROTOOLS and SUPERSYSTEM.
Energy-efficient LED solutions and new products for patient rooms and clean rooms were among the product highlights presented at the trade-fair stand: the new IMWS medical wall system as well as a number of LED products added to existing luminaire ranges for patient rooms and public spaces were shown for the first time.
The three-floor installation comprises three lighting spaces positioned exactly on top of each other. These rooms are linked with each other by glazed walk-over sight openings illuminated by Zumtobel LED light lines in variable colours.
The ground floor features a black granite slab dotted with STARFLEX light outlets by Zumtobel. Looking down from the first floor, the light points form the starry sky of the antipodes to the Kunsthalle – the sky at the opposite point of the Earth. Looking upwards through an opening in the elliptical chamber on the second floor, visitors can see the (starry) sky above Bremen.
Thus, visitors seem to be standing right in the centre of the Earth between two sections of the sky.
Photos: Harald Rehling
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» Here you find the Revit CAD data that are presently available and regularly updated.
In 2007, the pavilion, which was already on display in Tokyo, Hong Kong and New York, had been designed by Zaha Hadid for the CHANEL fashion brand. Now CHANEL donated the structure boasting a formal language of continuous fluidity to the Institut du Monde Arabe. In future, the pavilion set up in front of the Institut will be used to host exhibitions by talented artists from Arab countries.
“Zaha Hadid, une architecture” until autumn
The current exhibition of the Pritzker award winning architect will be on show until autumn. “Zaha Hadid, une architecture” displays a variety of projects and research agendas covered by Zaha Hadid Architects in the past years. Zumtobel has designed and provided a lighting solution matching the pavilion's organic look.
The colour temperature of the DALI-controllable ARCOS LED spotlights installed by Zumtobel can be continuously adjusted within the range between 2700 K and 6500 K, which ensures sophisticated accent lighting of the exhibits.
The lighting concept, which is focussed on individual points emphasising the special qualities of the pavilion's architectural structure, is enhanced by minimalist SUPERSYSTEM LED spots.
Photos: Francois Lacour
Schinwald leads visitors to the pavilion into a floating labyrinth consisting of specifically positioned walls that are suspended from the ceiling down to a height of 1.5 m above the floor. This arrangement allows viewers to see only the legs of the visitors – viewers become voyeurs and the visitors themselves become part of the installation.
The pavilion features a continuous row of windows located directly below the roof allowing daylight to penetrate deep into the building. Combined with the intense daylight selectively entering the building through additional skylights, an interplay of light and shadow is created that attracts visitors' attention and makes new spatial structures emerge.
The daylight-based concept is supplemented by Zumtobel's ARCOS spotlights which set the perfect lighting stage for the exhibited sculptures and paintings by Markus Schinwald, even late at night.
Photos: 1 Andreas Balon; 2 Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark; 3 Zumtobel
According to this issue’s title “How much tradition does the future need?”, architect Odile Decq extensively explains her views on the link between traditional and modern architecture. Roman Delugan and Christian Schrepfer of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects take the IYON spotlight as a basis to inform readers on changes in product design and on the challenges of shop lighting.
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The architects responsible for the museum’s construction project, schneider+schumacher, also designed the tower. The structure was made possible by joint support from the planners and contractors for the Städel extension, including Zumtobel who were instrumental in designing the museum’s lighting concept. Zumtobel provided 24 14-watt LED light lines to stage the tower at night. These are installed inside the structure, allowing the light to penetrate to the exterior through the various openings in the panels.
These LED lines are individually controlled and orchestrated via DMX . Alternately, the luminaires are slowly dimmed, which gives the structure a fascinating appeal that makes visitors stop and look. The subtle lighting scenes turn the three-dimensional quality of the structure into a special experience: in the process, the Staedel Tower’s seemingly solid appearance is mitigated and the tower itself is transformed into a slender object of lighting art.
Photos: Jörg Hempel
The exhibition, which was divided into several chronological and thematic sections, for the first time presented these rare works, which can usually only be seen by visitors of the famous Paris museums.
In order to illuminate the masterpieces to optimum effect, the Tretyakov Gallery relied on luminaires from the ARCOS range by Zumtobel. Accommodating some 140,000 exhibits, the gallery in Moscow is one of Russia’s largest and most important art collections.
Since 2007, Zumtobel has been represented in Dubai with its own distribution company. At present, the Middle East is serviced by 15 staff members. They can now use the Light Centre as an appropriate place of communication to talk with customers and present products. Events on cross-disciplinary architectural and lighting subjects are also intended to be held in Dubai, in order to allow architects, lighting designers and designers to get involved in exciting discussions and talks.
Following the Shanghai Light Centre, which was opened in 2010, the Dubai Light Centre is the 17th institution of that kind worldwide. With this step, Zumtobel has emphasised its goal of continuing growth in the markets outside Europe and of strengthening its presence in major economic regions.
Lighting concepts involving LED technology were particularly “en vogue”. EuroShop marks an important milestone and a pioneering performance in shop lighting based on LED.
On an exhibition surface of approx. 300 m², Zumtobel presented innovative lighting solutions for various shop situations, such as shelves, shop windows, counters for fresh products or display tables. The open trade fair stand with white as the predominant colour was greatly appreciated and, thanks to a multimedia performance, was transformed into an impressive backdrop in the evening.
Dr. Harald Sommerer, CEO Zumtobel Group, will open the evening with a short welcome address, followed by Kirstin Feireiss from the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin, who, as the curator of the Zumtobel Group Award, will in particular highlight the importance of the award for the architectural culture. Stefan Behnisch, renowned architect and chairman of the Group Award jury, will then present the prize-winning projects in detail.
The variety of project approaches presented will make the exhibition a fascinating dialogue on the subjects of efficiency and sustainability, providing exciting perspectives and ideas on urban development and architecture. In addition to the prize-winning projects, eight other distinguished projects will be shown at the Light Forum.
The prize winner in the "Built Environment" category is the project by the TRIPTYQUE architecture firm in São Paulo. Their HARMONIA 57 project presents an environmentally and architecturally trendsetting office and gallery building. The nonprofit Terreform ONE + Terrefuge group of designers from New York City could not fail to impress the jury with its New York City Resource and Mobility project in the "Research & Initiative" category.
If you would like to visit the exhibition, please register in advance by contacting Cornelia Netzer on
phone no. +43 5572-390-1293,
or by e-mail: [email protected]
Duration of exhibition:
4 February - 1 March 2011
Zumtobel Light Forum
Schweizer Strasse 30
Images: Publication is free if due acknowledgement is made: Zumtobel