© James Turrell Photo: Florian Holzherr
The impressive effect of Turrell’s light-poetic contemporary art can really be experienced in his latest project in the stunning natural scenery of the Arlberg, nestled between hiking trails, alpine passes and stunning mountains. On the initiative of the private „Horizon Field“ society, an organisation that promotes cultural projects in the county of Vorarlberg, a new Skyspace has taken shape in the alpine landscape around the picturesque village of Lech am Arlberg. The installation is accessed by an underground tunnel that has been carefully aligned to deliver dramatic views of the imposing Biberkopf peak, before finally opening out into the light space itself. As the sun rises behind the Biberkopf on the summer solstice, the first rays of sunshine reach the so-called Sensing Room, where elliptical openings carved into the ceiling offer stunning views of the Arlberg sky – a sky that appears so close, it almost seems somehow dreamlike. In order to guide the sensory perception of visitors even more intensively, Turrell has flooded the subterranean building in a changing series of bright light colours. A unique feature of the Skyspace Lech is the integration of another key concept associated with the light and spatial artist – the “Ganzfeldraum” – which really takes effect when the dome is closed. This “Ganzfeld” or “full-field” approach to light art from James Turrell involves a completely featureless, evenly flooded field of vision that provides no orientation due to its perfect homogeneity.
The special lighting solution from Zumtobel, which features an Amber LED strip with RGB colour changing function and a tunableWhite stripe, was programmed in advance in close coordination with James Turrell. This installation is regulated by a LUXMATE DMX controls system, while opal diffusers have been chosen to make the lighting transition from the beginning of the passageway to the actual Skypace room as gentle as possible.
The design of Skyspace Lech started with Turrell making a comprehensive set of drawings and sketches. Based on these exact artistic specifications, Austrian architects Baumschlager Eberle from Lustenau planned the highly complex building, in collaboration with its long-standing lighting partner Zumtobel. The extreme weather, the impact of humans and animals, safeguarding safety and the shape, statics and requirements in terms of angles and surfaces, as well as the perfect illumination of the different spaces, together represented an extraordinary challenge for the planners. The aim of the Horizon Field society, the architects and the companies involved was to realise a construction that meets the very highest functional and aesthetic standards. This naturally meant that all of these aspects and other additional factors had to be carefully taken into account, so that the building materials and LED technology specified for the project could comfortably withstand the sun, heat, rain, snow, ice and cold. Indeed, strong temperature fluctuations ranging from minus 25 degrees to plus 30 degrees are not uncommon in this region during the course of the year. As the structure is largely underground, only the dome, the natural stone base and a light, metal cupola are visible from outside.
“Light is so much more than just lighting. It influences our feelings, our thoughts and our actions. It is therefore very important for us, as an international lighting company, to show people what light can really do – beyond the familiar applications. James Turrell’s art puts light in a very poetic and sensory context and makes observers somehow feel with their eyes,” explained Karin Zumtobel, Head of Culture & Arts Zumtobel Group.
Skyspace Lech is just the latest project in which Zumtobel has provided James Turrell with specialist expertise, having worked alongside him as a lighting partner since 1997. The artist designed the 2014/2015 Zumtobel Group annual report, while other collaborations have included Turrell's light installations for the Skyspace at the Kunsthalle Bremen gallery in 2010, the “Apani” full-field (Ganzfeld) artwork in 2011 and “Bridget's Bardo”, the largest ever full-field project for the Museum of Art in Wolfsburg in 2009. Zumtobel has also fulfilled the role of lighting partner to James Turrell on initiatives such as “Tall Glass Shonto”, “The Geometry of Light” and “The Elliptical Glass”.
Zumtobel. The Light.
“The young designer Jessica Walsh caught our eye with her visual presentations on social networks and really inspired us with her creativity. We could sense a young and modern dynamic in her work, which we then wanted to incorporate into the company. We are delighted that we were able to convince her to design our art book and we would like to thank Jessica and her team for their intensive work with the subject light. The result is a unique interpretation from the world of graphic design that also expresses the creative philosophy of Jessica Walsh, who tries to touch people emotionally with her work and make them think in a different way,” explained Karin Zumtobel, Head of Culture & Arts, Zumtobel Group.
Typographical phrases play with light and shadow
A collection of 20 typographical and socially critical A4 artistic cards forms the centrepiece of the latest annual report. Jessica Walsh created these as part of a detailed analysis of the artistic interplay between light and shadow. Each card features specially configured typographic phrases that fuse critical thinking with a subtle touch of humour, encouraging readers to pause and reflect. “I am interested in creating emotionally engaging, concept-driven work that is embodied in beautiful forms. I always try to approach the process in a playful way, with a sense of humour,” explained artist Jessica Walsh when asked about her creative philosophy. The special large A3 format and the authenticity of the colours add a further dimension to the book, which uses an elegant binding to hold the individual artistic cards in place.
About Sagmeister & Walsh
The New York studio was founded by Austrian graphic artist, storyteller and typographer Stefan Sagmeister, who is famed for his prestigious work with the Rolling Stones, The Talking Heads, Lou Reed, Jay Z, Aerosmith and Pat Metheny, The Guggenheim Museum, HBO and Levis. A studio partner since 2012, Jessica Walsh is an award-winning multidisciplinary designer whose work is defined by a fine level craftsmanship that combines painting, photography and digital illustrations.
Collector’s items – the artistic book series from the Zumtobel Group
It is 27 years since Russian architect and designer Mikhail Anikst designed the first artistic annual report for the business year 1991/1992. Initiated by Jürg Zumtobel, the then CEO and current Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zumtobel Group AG, this rich tradition is now continued by Karin Zumtobel. The core philosophy behind this series of art books has always been to demonstrate the company's close connection to art and culture at group level, crafting a design language that transcends the individual corporate image guidelines of the acdc, Thorn, ThornECO, Tridonic, ZGS and Zumtobel brands.
In line with this thinking, a wide range of personalities from the company`s extensive network has been invited over the years to shape the annual report with their individual ideas, showcasing their own unique approach to the topic of lighting and the business of the Zumtobel Group. The result is a series of unique and elaborate pieces that have now become collector’s items. Alongside graphic designers like Italo Lupi, Neville Brody, Per Arnoldi and Stefan Sagmeister, who began the artistic collaboration, a number of prominent artists such as Gerhard Merz, Siegrun Appelt, Olafur Eliasson, Anish Kapoor and James Turrell and architects like Dominique Perrault, Hani Rashid / Asymptote, François Roche / Studio R&Sie(n), Sejima Kazuyo and Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA, David Chipperfield / DCA, Kjetil Thorsen / Snøhetta, Elizabeth Diller / Scofidio and Renfro and Yung Ho Chang / Atelier FCJZ have put their creative stamp on the annual report.
Zumtobel. The Light.
Zumtobel. The Light.
Setting new standards in accent lighting for presentation areas: CARDAN evolution
CARDAN evolution from Zumtobel is a multifunctional lighting tool with excellent colour rendering and a range of different light distributions for shops, showrooms and exhibition spaces. Blending cutting-edge LED technology with a sophisticated design from the blocher partners architecture studio, the CARDAN evolution architectural recessed downlight revolutionises classic gimbal accent lighting by introducing a completely new form and skilfully directing the attention of the customer to the sales area.
Pleasant gentle light for prestigious spaces: ONDARIA II opal in bronze
The harmonious and homogeneous appearance of the ONDARIA II round luminaire, created in cooperation with designer Stefan Ambrozus, is perfectly complemented by a soft light distribution, ensuring optimal uniformity in terms of look and illumination. The clear basic geometry and gentle outer contours together form a balanced single entity and a consistently direction-neutral luminaire that integrates flexibly into any room, enlarging the space visually and generating a pleasant and interesting atmosphere. The bronze version then adds a stylish modern touch to the timeless design. ONDARIA, which is available as a recessed, surface or suspended fitting, is ideal for prestigious spaces like lobbies and foyers, communication rooms, recreation areas, corridors and stairwells.
Perfect purism for any office architecture: VAERO
The state-of-the-art VAERO pendant solution features a design that focuses very much on the essentials. Never before has a luminaire been simultaneously so effective and yet so discreet. Thanks to its transparent light-emitting surface, rather than seeming to dominate the room, delicate light slips seamlessly into the space. A frameless and extremely slim construction with a wafer-thin light-emitting surface ensures a light and weightless appearance, while annoying stripes are carefully avoided. Optimised for use in office applications, the light is evenly distributed from the centre to the edge thanks to specially engineered lighting technology – an innovation that generates both a balanced light distribution and an improved spatial atmosphere.
About Red Dot Design Award
First awarded in 1955, the Red Dot Design Award is one of the most prestigious international design awards. The jury of international experts recognises exceptional design achievements from a variety of different sectors. Zumtobel has a long and rich history of success at the Red Dot Awards, picking up a prize for the NIGHTSIGHT lighting tool in 2017 and taking home a trio of awards in 2016 for the minimalist SUPERSYSTEM LED lighting system, the SUPERSYSTEM outdoor LED luminaire and the CAELA LED product family.
Zumtobel. The Light.
This new ensemble is further emphasised by the light. Working closely with architects from Schenker Salvi Weber and feld72, lighting planner and designer Christian Ploderer has crafted a multi-layered lighting design for every area. The inclusion of Zumtobel in the project has enabled the realisation of a holistic lighting concept from one source – a concept where daylight combines with artificial light, where light colours are carefully differentiated and where luminaires simply seem to disappear into the architecture.
A skylight is supported by gentle and diffuse artificial light to illuminate the elongated 35-metre-high atrium, which acts as an imposing interface that connects all the office floors to the old building. No luminaires disrupt the join between old and new, as modern light lines installed in the landings give the space a high-quality feel. PANOS evolution downlights from Zumtobel with a neutral white light colour are barely visible in the concrete ceilings above the connecting stairway, letting their light show users the way.
PANOS evolution luminaires sunk by the lighting designer into concrete elements around the entrance to the shopping centre use their light to direct people inside, where fittings from the same family are mounted in the louvered ceiling. The building complex is additionally flooded with daylight from two large skylights, while light lines in the escalator area have been irregularly positioned to add a modern lighting mood by forming a kind of barcode arrangement.
The architects have realised a generous interior design approach on the floors of the post office headquarters, including open communication zones and clearly defined retreat areas for the 1100 employees. The lounge, which also houses a stamp museum, is lit by the INTRO modular LED lighting system, enabling individual spotlights to be mounted in the acoustic ceiling to provide good general lighting. This installation is complemented by ceiling-recessed SLOTLIGHT infinity light lines that give the corridors and spaces a real feel-good atmosphere, providing clear orientation for visitors and delivering a contemporary lighting contrast.
Light and not luminaires – just like the spotlights set in the eye-shaped louvered ceiling of the shopping centre, recessed, narrow-beam and therefore glare-free Cetus downlights from the Thorn sister brand disappear like “invisible luminaires” behind the louvered ceiling of the office corridors in the new building.
Round ONDARIA wide-area LED luminaires in the conference rooms, combined with additional corner-mounted DIAMO spotlights, deliver a different kind of light. Despite their surface area, the extreme flatness of ONDARIA means that the fittings take up minimal space, which in turn helps generate an open and interactive atmosphere.
When it comes to visual comfort, MIREL evolution pendant luminaires mounted above the computer workstations guarantee the best standards. As a special feature of the lighting concept, these solutions have been specified with two different light colours: 4000 K direct light and 3500 K indirect light. The puristic design of MIREL evolution and the complementary light colours blend seamlessly into the room architecture, supporting orientation and at the same time offering task-specific lighting for office work. All of the luminaires can be controlled and dimmed via DALI.
The integration of the existing protected building into the new construction has helped the Post am Rochus project complete the former urban-planning gaps of the famous site. The result is a building that merges flawlessly into the metropolitan context of Vienna in every sense, becoming an essential part of both the cityscape and urban life around the Rochusmarkt. And this coming together of tradition and modernity is continued with the award-winning interior architecture. Old and new are skilfully merged in an approach based on functionality, aesthetics and well-being. The lighting designs by Christian Ploderer clearly play a decisive role in this process. His ideas fit perfectly into the interior design crafted by the architects, achieving a sweeping concept that shows the way, emphasises the functionality of the spaces and creates a truly pleasant atmosphere.
Zumtobel. The Light.
Now art collector Frieder Burda has dedicated an exhibition to the light poet in his Museum in Baden-Baden Turrell's best-known works of the last few decades will be shown alongside older, previously unseen pieces and the light sculpture Accretion Disk, which was specially crafted for the Frieder Burda Collection. This project from the Curved Wide Glass series has been installed in the building designed by renowned New York architecture firm Richard Meier & Partners Architects, adding a further dimension to the collection. One of the highlights of the exhibition is the huge Apani large-scale light space – an installation that caused quite a stir at the 2011 Venice Biennale. The associated architectural elements and modifications, as well as the construction of the installation, represented the most complex challenge in the 14-year history of the museum.
As a long-standing lighting partner of James Turrell and the Frieder Burda Museum, Zumtobel supported both parties in an advisory capacity and helped with the technically demanding realisation of the individual pieces of art. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new publication celebrating the works of James Turrell.
The art of lighting: Zumtobel realises an exemplary lighting solution for Richard Meier’s building at the Frieder Burda Museum
The exhibition will be shown in the elegant Richard Meier building at the Frieder Burda Museum, which was opened in Baden-Baden in 2004. The light and expansive construction is seen as flagship project in the field of lighting and controls. The concept by New York architect and Pritzker Prize winner Richard Meier was designed with generous window fronts that flood the interior with natural light, meaning that artificial light plays little more than a supporting role. At the same time, lighting designers had to balance this approach with the tricky task of adequately protecting the often sensitive exhibits from the destructive power of daylight and generally meeting the essential requirements of an art museum in terms of conservation.
This challenge was overcome in close collaboration with Zumtobel. An innovative solar shading and daylight control system that keeps the interior light level constant was incorporated into the design. Four light lines with two light colours enable the large hall to recreate the seasonal mood outside and accentuate the dominant colour of the space. The wallwasher system developed specifically for the illumination of the 12-metre-high walls in the large hall is installed at the side of the floor area on the freestanding mezzanine level. If the curator opts to use additional partition walls, the soft-emitting lighting channel system allows flexible installation throughout the room. Spots between the light channels highlight individual works of art, while almost all of the luminaires can be controlled separately.
The cooperation with James Turrell represents the latest in a long line of joint projects with Zumtobel, including Turrell's light installations for the Skyspace at the Kunsthalle Bremen gallery in 2010, the “Apani” full-field artwork in 2011 and “Bridget’s Bardo”, the largest ever full-field project for the Museum of Art in Wolfsburg in 2009.
The next collaboration between Zumtobel and James Turrell will be the Skyspace in Lech – an underground light space in the middle of the alpine landscape of Vorarlberg, the home county of Zumtobel, which is set to offer a completely new view of the sky. The construction and opening of the Skyspace in Lech is scheduled for September 2018.
Zumtobel. The Light.
As official partner and sponsor, Zumtobel works with architects and designers to support creative processes at the renowned Biennale Architettura. CEO of the Zumtobel Alfred Felder explained how this type of active design culture represents an essential part of Zumtobel's corporate philosophy: “The Architecture Biennale in Venice is one of the most important international architectural exhibitions. As a company committed to culture and an organisation constantly engaged in fascinating discussions about architecture and design – and one that helps to bring light to life in buildings and art projects around the world – we are delighted to once again sponsor this distinguished event.”
In line with the core theme of the 16th Biennale Architettura, all three contributions to the Austrian Pavilion explore notions of “freespace”. Architecture and urban space form an inseparable unity at all times. “The design mandate of an architect does not stop at the building,” confirmed Dr Verena Konrad, Director of the Vorarlberger Architektur Institute and curator of the Austrian pavilion. The Innsbruck-based architecture firm LAAC pushes the boundaries of natural light and generates a light discourse between exterior and interior, while architects from Viennese studio Henke Schreieck have installed a special object to open up the overall space. At the same time, Sagmeister & Walsh ignore the conventional maxim of “form follows function” by blending beauty and practicality to form one single entity.
As a long-standing partner of both the Vorarlberg Architecture Institute and the Austrian Pavilion, Zumtobel is not only responsible for the fixed lighting solution at the pavilion, but will also continue a proud record of helping realize special solutions with artists and architects.
The TUBILUX slim tube luminaire from Zumtobel draws THE LINE – a light installation by the Principality of Liechtenstein at the Architecture Biennale 2018
Remote locations in Liechtenstein are becoming increasingly accessible. Yet what impact does this have on the landscape? The Institute of Architecture and Planning at the University of Liechtenstein is set to tackle this pressing question at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. Zumtobel has previously worked closely with the University of Liechtenstein to promote the development of young talent. The latest project THE LINE, which will be presented at this year's Architecture Biennale, first gained acclaim as the winner of an ideas competition at the University of Liechtenstein. An international panel of experts, on which the Zumtobel Group was also represented, selected the project from a list of ten entries. THE LINE features a straight line stretching across the map of Liechtenstein that shows the most direct route through the principality and on to Venice – a route that the students have actually followed and explored in detail. The resulting installation is an impressive visualisation of this expedition. THE LINE, or the route on the map to be precise, is represented by a 25-metre-long light line, which has been realised using a series of TUBILUX slim tube luminaires from Zumtobel. The varied lighting situations created by TUBILUX slim produce different lighting moods. The waterproof and UV-resistant fitting with a clear and minimalist design can be dimmed using the LITECOM lighting management system from Zumtobel.
Liechtenstein presents this project as a special guest of the parallel “Salon Suisse” event, organised by the Swiss cultural foundation Pro Helvetia. THE LINE is curated by Luis Hilti and Matilde Igual Capdevila from the University of Liechtenstein and supported by Zumtobel. The installation will be unveiled as part of a lecture at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi in Dorsoduro on 26th May at 7pm. The exhibition will then be open to the public from 27th to 30th May 2018.
The Biennale Architettura 2018 in Venice is set to take place from 26th May to 25th November.
Zumtobel. The Light.
The Futurium is also a special architectural addition to the Berlin government quarter. Sculptural forms meet openness and accessibility in the design drafted by Berlin architects Richter und Musikowski. The architecture seems to embody the topic of the future, with high windows offering panoramic views of the surrounding area and abundant natural light streaming through the glass façade into the barrier-free exhibition rooms. The cast-glass façade symbolises an open and future-oriented perspective and stages a rich and diverse interplay of light during both the day and night.
Throughout the four-year planning and construction phase, Zumtobel worked as a valued adviser to realities:united, a Berlin art and architecture studio that was entrusted with drawing up the lighting design for the entire building. Three special solutions for the “House of the Future” were developed as part of this cooperation.
The individual rooms of the new building contain various versions of the PANOS recessed LED downlight range from Zumtobel: PANOS evolution and PANOS infinity. The surface-mounted and recessed luminaires were specified in a special black finish and feature flush-mounted installation and the integration of emergency lighting. The high luminaire efficiency and powerful lumen packages of this versatile and efficient downlight family provide the best light quality and offer tailored lighting solutions with excellent functionality and a sophisticated, consistent design.
The ECOOS continuous-row system from Zumtobel ensures efficient direct-indirect lighting in the offices. The unique fusion of direct, indirect and lateral light components enhances the overall visual comfort and means that ECOOS fittings illuminate the spaces with outstanding uniformity – and maximum contrast rendition. SLOTLIGHT infinity LED light lines from Zumtobel meet the highest architectural standards and lighting requirements in the hallways. Integrated almost invisibly into the architecture, the SLOTLIGHT luminaires act as a wallwasher with varied functions – from atmospheric staging and general lighting to orientation and defined spatial zoning. The modular INTRO M LED accent lighting solution from Zumtobel puts the spotlight on the exhibits in the lower exhibition area, blending innovative lighting technology with optimum efficiency.
Simple and slim Zumtobel LINARIA light lines in a customised black colour were chosen for the stairwell lighting, with an integrated emergency lighting connection, alongside OPTOS downlights that add an attractive architectural touch.
The artistic-looking lighting solution features a special highlight in the foyer. Computer-controlled luminaires concealed behind a metal grid ceiling create dynamic light patterns that – based on continuous analysis of the flow of people on the ground floor – “accompany” visitors with an individual light aura. In combination with motion detectors and DMX luminaires, this interactive installation is achieved using a specially developed software from realities:united. The lighting extends into the outdoor area with a series of DMX-controlled OPTOS downlights. These are mounted in cast-glass façade cassettes in the ceiling, forming a continuous connected interactive light matrix that covers the entire ceiling canopy, stretching right from the north to the south of the building over the whole foyer.
The inclusion of a DALI interface was a core requirement for all luminaires installed in the building. DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) is a manufacturer-independent standard for easy and uncomplicated lighting control, enabling every luminaire with a DALI interface to be individually managed and dimmed up and down via DALI short addresses. Zumtobel was able to meet this essential specification with all of the luminaires selected for the Futurium.
The whole lighting concept therefore reflects the layout of the Futurium and emphasises the architectural division of the venue into three distinct parts – from the foyer and the events forum to the exhibition area and the “Futurium Lab”. The use of light plays a key role in interacting with the people and the space. In this way, as soon as a significant number of visitors enter a room, the light automatically becomes brighter. If a particular section is empty, the light simply switches to stand-by mode, which also helps limit costs.
Zumtobel. The Light.
Like its predecessors, the CLARIS evolution has a restrained look that enables the pendant luminaire to integrate harmoniously into any interior design. Outstanding versatility is supported by a range of colour finishes, as this modern interpretation of an iconic louvre luminaire can be specified in black, white, bronze and silver. Factor in the choice of a black, white or silver light chamber (each of which is offered in matt or glass) and clients can select the right luminaire from a list offering 24 different colour variants.
The combination of sophisticated LED technology and MPO+ microprismatic structure ensures high levels of visual comfort. The ratio between direct and indirect output is optimised to simultaneously generate a pleasant spatial atmosphere and deliver ergonomic working light – and to fulfil both these functions with a significant increase in efficiency. Indeed, CLARIS evolution boasts a fantastic efficiency of 151 lumens per watt.
Existing CLARIS lighting solutions can be easily upgraded using an adapter. Only the luminaire itself has to be replaced, as the suspension cables and electrical connections can still be used. The option to wirelessly control CLARIS evolution via BasicDIM wireless offers yet more lighting comfort. This compact control module from the Tridonic sister brand, which can be easily integrated into existing luminaires, automatically establishes a mesh communication network via Bluetooth. This enables uncomplicated wireless communication with up to 127 luminaires.
With its outstanding future-oriented technology, wide range of colour combinations and clear minimalist design, CLARIS evolution is the perfect lighting tool to enhance any office environment.
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AMPHIBIA can be specified in three versions, depending on the particular project requirements. With a certified rating of IK08, the PC (polycarbonate) luminaire ensures high resistance against impacts and mechanical stress. The PMMA variant offers outstanding protection against a long list of chemicals, including cleaning agents commonly used in the food industry, while the CHEMO product features a unique Zumtobel plastic compound that combines excellent chemical resistance with robust mechanical stability. High IP66 protection against dust and powerful jets of water is standard across the AMPHIBIA range.
Application-based design features
The AMPHIBIA development team devised a number of clever product features as a direct response to defined application requirements. The unique Drip-Edge-Effect design meets the strictest hygiene regulations, helping to prevent dirt and detergents from gathering on the fitting. The flat areas where dust and moisture tend to collect on conventional moisture-proof solutions have been replaced by carefully angled surfaces that repel any particles, leading to major improvements in terms of protection and performance. In addition, dedicated versions for extreme temperatures come with a special gear tray and an industry converter, enabling them to withstand ambient temperatures ranging from -35°C to +50°C.
Efficient performance for maximum lighting quality
Yet AMPHIBIA also puts the focus on lighting quality. In line with the principles of Active Light, the pioneering Zumtobel concept, four different light distributions cater for specific application requirements. Alongside familiar wide-beam and narrow-beam options, a luminaire with a medium beam for mounting heights of 4-6 metres helps to save energy and cut the number of light points. The AMPHIBIA range is completed by a product with an asymmetric distribution that has been specially engineered (along with the wide-beam variant) to meet the new DIN 67528 norm for lighting in car parks. Five outputs supply up to 8000 lumens with a luminous efficacy of up to 150 lumens per watt, promising maximum visual quality with minimum energy consumption, while precise glare management and a transparent canopy (with wide-beam and asymmetric-beam versions) boost vertical illuminance and deliver pleasant indirect light for a safer and more effective lit environment. Luminaires with integrated emergency lighting and controls, including microwave presence detection and wireless connection, support smart industry concepts and complete a powerful portfolio. AMPHIBIA: the Zumtobel solution for 245 industry applications – not counting jungles.
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Zumtobel. The Light.
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Active Light builds a bridge to human nature
Light – whether artificial or natural – has a marked visual, emotional and biological effect on humans. Active Light uses natural light as its model and dynamically supports the core relationship between people and light in time and space. This innovative form of artificial light makes a valuable contribution to the stabilisation of human biorhythms – especially in environments where daylight is at a premium.
“Supported by Human Centric Lighting, Active Light solutions put the focus on people and their needs,” explained Daniel Lechner, Marketing Brand Director Zumtobel. “Zumtobel reaches the dynamics of natural light by utilising technologies such as tunableWhite, which allows stepless adjustments in intensity, direction and light colour, from warm reddish to cold bluish, throughout the course of the day."
Using light to evoke inspiration, precision, emotion and imagination – four key application areas
Active Light in offices provides improved wellbeing, as the light can be adapted to suit different tasks and reflect individual visual capacities and personal tastes in terms of light colour. Whether working at a screen, engaging in a creative exchange with colleagues or doing some concentrated reading – versatile control options mean that the office solution can be adjusted depending on the current activity and individual user preference. Active Light adds a dynamic lighting element to the everyday office life, positively influencing cognitive performance and fuelling creativity and inspiration. This concept also supports human biorhythms with the targeted use of dynamic lighting moods throughout the day.
The best possible light is essential in industry to make sure that production processes can run without interruption. These kinds of applications therefore demand light that is as versatile as the tasks associated with industrial manufacturing, which is why Active Light helps workers and supports activity-based lighting. Intelligent lighting systems and sensors are combined to deliver the right light for each situation, actively boosting safety, precision and quality. For example, a delicate assembly process would benefit from additional lateral light, with the option to increase the illumination level for visual inspections. When it comes to shift workers, Active Light can also contribute to a customised sleep-wake cycle by adjusting light intensity and colour – much to the relief of shift workers. This strengthens the feeling of wellbeing and enables employees to enjoy restful and regenerative sleep.
In the world of retail, light can be harnessed to shape unique shopping experiences. On the one hand, Active Light appeals to customers on an emotional level by using their preferred lighting moods to put people at ease and thereby increase the amount of time spent in the store. On the other hand, products and brands are presented in the best possible way, directing lines of sight and enabling better customer orientation. The improved perception of consumer offers has an influence on the quality assessment and, as a logical next step, the willingness to buy.
Enjoyment and visual comfort are major factors in the field of art and culture, along with the protection of precious artworks. These exhibits are often light-sensitive and therefore require delicate lighting to preserve them for future generations. Active Light takes these visual and conservational aspects into account and optimises the light colour and spectral distribution to suit the individual objects and the message of the artist. The way art is experienced is clearly shaped by the interaction between the exhibits and their respective surroundings. Architectural and application-oriented lighting can reveal the true meaning of artworks and spaces. Active Light offers the desired range of variation using tunableWhite luminaires and the latest controls technology. In this way, luminaires no longer merely emit light, but also transmit information in situations such as when people pass through a room. The system supports user-oriented visitor experiences by conveying information to personal devices carried by the visitors.
Zumtobel. The Light.
The internationally renowned works of Andreas Waldschütz are famed for their strong aesthetics. Born in Vienna in 1976, the autodidact leaves nothing to chance during the creation of his distinctive worlds. People, music, light, costumes and places – every detail of his films is precisely planned to perfectly visualise his unique ideas. Waldschütz has already worked behind the camera for a number of Zumtobel product videos. The first joint project was a film in the Kunsthaus Bregenz gallery about an exhibition by Wael Shawky. The image film for the Dornbirn Light Forum is the most recent collaboration. “The special thing about the cooperation with Zumtobel is that it gives me the opportunity to work with equally creative people who trust me and value my work. That is the basis of everything – if the energy is right, then the result will match," explained Waldschütz.
Close working relationships with artists is an established part of the Zumtobel corporate culture. The interdisciplinary dialogue fueled by the topic of light is an inspiration and a catalyst for the leading international provider of holistic lighting solutions, helping to create something that is both innovative and authentic. This approach is illustrated by numerous projects with creative designers. A prime example is the artistic annual report, which is designed by a different artist, architect or designer every year.
Zumtobel has collected a total of three iF Design Awards 2018. The VAERO LED pendant luminaire and round ONDARIA fitting, with its harmonious look and homogeneous design, have also been awarded one of these top design prizes.
Zumtobel. The Light.
An icon of office lighting: the MELLOW LIGHT recessed and surface-mounted luminaire
Currently in its sixth generation, the MILDES LICHT recessed and surface-mounted luminaire creates light that is as close as possible to natural daylight. The portfolio has consistently evolved to meet the highest lighting standards and is now available in two options: MELLOW LIGHT evolution and infinity. Both versions ensure balanced illumination of workspaces, walls and ceilings, shaping a bright and open room atmosphere that is free from glare and disturbing shadows.
Systematic diversity: the multifunctional SUPERSYSTEM II LED lighting tool
Delicate design, stringent miniaturisation and maximum flexibility: With a sophisticated range of innovative components, the multifunctional SUPERSYSTEM II portfolio offers all the LED lighting tools required to creatively fulfil a variety of different lighting tasks. The miniature spotlights are ideal for pinpoint accent lighting, thanks to rotationally symmetrical Superspot and Wide Flood light distributions or a precisely defined oval beam. At the same time, the wallwasher variant guarantees pleasant and uniform illumination of vertical surfaces.
Consistently clear and unobtrusive design: the ONICO LED luminaire system
ONICO from Zumtobel opens up new possibilities for the visual presentation of a huge variety of products in shop and retail applications. The key goals of authenticity, individualisation and precise accentuation of the goods on show all had a major influence on the design of this innovative lighting solution. As a modular system, the luminaire family incorporates an extraordinary range of different LED light sources and reflectors to present products and brands with added brilliance – and thereby promote added sales success.
Minimalist design with maximum light quality: the VAERO LED pendant luminaire
The state-of-the-art design of the VAERO LED pendant luminaire has been reduced to the core essentials. The transparent light-emitting surface helps this elegant fitting remain very much in the background, integrating seamlessly into the interior architecture. An extremely narrow and frameless construction gives VAREO a subtle and almost weightless appearance, while specially developed technology distributes the light evenly from the centre to the edge, generating a balanced brightness distribution and an improved spatial atmosphere.
Shaped by nature: the round ONDARIA wide-area opal luminaire
The smooth and homogeneous look of the round ONDARIA luminaire is complemented by soft wide-area light, achieving perfect harmony between optical design and lit effect. The clear basic geometry features gentle contours that form a balanced whole, making this directionally neutral solution a tasteful addition to any room, giving the impression of extra space and subtly crafting a welcoming and comfortable ambience.
Cooperation with leading architects, designers and artists is part of the Zumtobel DNA. A long-standing commitment to exchanging knowledge and ideas with important institutions and promoting young talent in prestigious institutions like Central Saint Martins College in London has regularly played a key role in the development of new product concepts. This has paved the way for pioneering lighting solutions that bring together the core aspects of design, technology and sustainability. Zumtobel luminaires are optimised to meet the specific needs of people in particular applications and utilise a clear and aesthetically sophisticated design language to focus on one essential element: the effect of light – a unique fusion that continues to help Zumtobel win numerous international design awards.
Zumtobel. The Light.
Zumtobel supports the “Think Blue-Factory” concept
Zumtobel was awarded the contract for this major project in Wrzesnia in 2015 following the submission of a detailed lighting concept. Alongside luminaires and controls for the assembly and production halls, the complete solution includes efficient lighting for the offices, high-bay storage facilities and outdoor areas. Safety lighting also represented a key cornerstone of the project. Zumtobel was in close contact with specialist planners from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles throughout the implementation phase, helping the Austrian lighting solutions supplier to precisely fulfil the specific requirements of the client. Initial Volkswagen planning was based largely around conventional lighting, but efficiency calculations and the technological progress of LED technology at Zumtobel soon convinced the planners to realise the entire project with LED. The decision prompted VW to classify the new production facility as a “Think Blue-Factory”. This programme is designed to encourage plants to use resources more efficiently, reducing emissions and energy usage while minimising both water consumption and waste. “We are delighted that Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has opted for a complete LED approach. Together we have been able to create one of the most efficient production plants in the VW Group in terms of lighting,” explained Frank Oevermann, Key Account Manager Automotive at Zumtobel. Matthias Strutz, Electrical Power Supply Planning at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, added: “The new factory represents a clear statement in terms of environmental protection. We are really benefitting from the decision to use only LED – both ecologically and economically. LED solutions extend the service life and cut maintenance and operating costs, while at the same time ensuring a constant lighting intensity over the entire service life.”
Lighting solution in detail
The largest part of the project is taken care of by the TECTON continuous-row system, which reduces energy consumption by 50 percent compared to T16 trunking. A total of 16,000 TECTON C LED luminaires are installed over a length of around 40 kilometres. This continuous-row luminaire is optimised for a variety of different racking and surface lighting tasks, providing the perfect solution for the dedicated Volkswagen Crafter manufacturing and assembly facilities. The current conducting section is mounted in the TECTON trunking, enabling the versatile rail to offer seamless functions such as power supply, lighting controls and connection to the emergency lighting network. The CRAFT high-bay fitting used by Zumtobel in the paint shop and higher halls can be quickly and easily installed on the TECTON system. Based on 15,000 continuous-row 40W LED luminaires and 6000 operating hours, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is now saving 3420 megawatt hours (MWh) and 1920 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year at the Polish plant.
The offices feature the recessed MIREL evolution luminaire and the PANOS downlight series, which ensure uniform illumination of the working areas and create precise accents that accentuate the interior architecture.
R2L2 LED lanterns and ForceLED fittings from Thorn light the car park and exterior façade. The high-performance optics utilised in the R2L2 street lantern offer excellent energy efficiency and a choice of distributions for precise light control without wasteful stray light. The compact, dust-tight and moisture-proof ForceLED solution incorporates an aluminium housing for added resistance and supplements the general exterior illumination of the building with pleasant accents.
The ONLITE RESCLITE from Zumtobel has been trusted to highlight the escape routes. In line with EN 1838, the luminaire provides the necessary orientation in the event of an emergency and also offers anti-panic lighting. The emergency lighting is monitored by LITECOM, a lighting management solution from Zumtobel Group Services (ZGS).
Additional lighting tasks are carried out by products from Zumtobel’s PERLUCE and ONDARIA series and the Thorn Satin range, alongside the KXA-2 and KXB explosion-proof linear luminaires. As a technology partner, Tridonic has supplied component solutions such as drivers and LED light sources for the luminaires. A specific Constant Light Output (CLO) setting was configured for the entire luminaire installation during the manufacturing stage. The CLO function, which is now standard for all industrial luminaires used by Volkswagen, ensures a uniform reduction in the luminous flux over the stated lifetime.
Zumtobel. The Light.
Zumtobel chose a solution for the foyer that simultaneously reflects the historical background of the building and creates a transition into the old palace. The vaults in the former kitchen now benefit from the soft and uniform light of the CRAFT S high-bay LED luminaire. This small industrial fitting with big performance blends high resistance, maintenance-free operation and low energy requirements over a long service life. The compact high-bays are installed as direct uplights to illuminate the vaulted ceiling in a balanced way with minimal shadowing, generating a brilliant lighting atmosphere in the entrance area.
A special version of the frameless Zumtobel PANOS evolution LED recessed downlight with a concrete inlay has been developed for the ceilings in the corridors. Great care was taken to achieve a clean transition between the luminaire and the acoustically effective ceiling by integrating the plaster ring into the concrete housing. The PANOS downlight series is characterised by high luminaire efficiency and powerful lumen packages – for the very best lighting quality.
Zumtobel. The Light.