Scott Sports AG
Givisiez, Switzerland
Owner: Scott Sports AG, Givisiez (CH)
Architect: Itten+Brechbühl AG, Bern (CH)
Lighting design: Eproplan AG Engineering, Muri-Gümligen (CH)
Electrical installations: Markus Hediger AG, Bern (CH)
Anything but ordinary: the architects at IttenBrechbühl in Bern have designed a new headquarters for Scott Sports in which nothing has been left to chance. And Zumtobel played a significant part in this innovative construction project, too, with their customised lighting solution and clever concealment of technology helping to create a pleasant working environment that supports employee well-being.

Always give your best. For Beat Zaugg, CEO of Scott Sports, "peak performance" is a key concept. It's what has enabled his outdoor equipment company to join the ranks of the world's most successful sporting goods manufacturers. And it's also reflected in the architecture of the company's new headquarters in Givisiez, Switzerland. The building's impressive architecture houses an inviting working environment, where open space and light are the real luxuries.

The new building will be home to all Scott Sports departments, which include the cycling, winter sports, running and motor sport departments, as well as subsidiaries of the divisions such as Syncros, Bergamont, Dolomite, Powderhorn, Bach, Lizard and Outdoor Research. When employees enter the new building, they are greeted by a spectacular atrium flooded with light, which is accessed via an impressive flight of steps that flows from the entrance and via a curved wall to the auditorium. Public areas are accessed via this lobby.The ground floor includes the cafeteria and restaurant, as well as the showroom and a view of the grounds, where newly developed bikes are tested. On the four upper floors, employees will find open-plan office space and separate focus rooms, all intended to offer future generations the perfect working environment, too. Employees can also use the bike garages, fitness facilities and lockers. "I believe that it's important for our employees to be able to benefit from an infrastructure that allows them to play sport, meet or simply relax", says Zaugg. The company intends to employ up to 600 employees in its new headquarters. The aim was to offer employees a stimulating environment, along with state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology.

Dynamic construction
The new building's external façade is aluminium and is a direct reference to the Scott Sport's first product: a ski pole in the same material. The high-tech base façade and the dynamic awning, which opens and closes depending on the weather, are also remarkable. There's a hidden analogy here, too: "Scott Sports is a dynamic company that has grown considerably in recent years. We wanted to show that in the façade as well", explains architect Tima Kamberi from IttenBrechbühl. The wooden slats on the atrium walls are also particularly interesting and also allude to the company's connection with skiing. The word "ski" comes from Norwegian and simply means "split piece of wood". Here, this creates an effect that emphasises the spaciousness of the rooms. The main challenge for Zumtobel lay in integrating the technical lighting in the structure and blending it visually into the architecture. And the Austrian luminaire manufacturer found exactly the right customised lighting solution for the task.

Special lighting solution for perfect presentation
In the atrium, light plays a central role. Daylight is let in through the roof and is supported by artificial light in the form of the almost invisible light lines SLOTLIGHT infinity slim, which were integrated discreetly in the ceiling as general lighting. On the wall, minimalist linear luminaires, placed asymmetrically between the wooden slats, create striking light effects: when you enter, you notice them as objects, when you leave, you notice only their light. The continuous rows, only 45 millimetres thick, are designed to cleverly guide light around corners using 90-degree connecting elements. They have been individually shortened and bevelled. Room geometries are thus highlighted, room zones defined and corner areas placed in focus.

In addition, Zumtobel chose powerful LED spotlights to present Scott Sports' products in the showroom. The almost invisible luminaires illuminate the new bikes – against a natural landscape that can be seen through large windows. The flexibility required for changing product presentations is provided by the adjustable spotlights and a track system with various equipment options. Adapting the lighting angle and luminous flux also helps to display the different products in the showroom in their best light.

In the auditorium, SLOTLIGHT infinity slim was used as a continuous light line to create a kind of tunnel. The luminaires thus integrate the necessary technology for the media room and also hold the special ceiling sails that dampen the acoustics and absorb sound – for an impressive cinematic effect. In addition, PANOS Downlights ensure that the stage can be lit in multiple ways.

The vital need to integrate technical lighting into the architecture is also clearly in evidence on the office floors. The glare-free circumferential light line connects corridors and offices with rounded corners, where the technical lighting challenge lay in creating a uniform light colour on the straight and curved parts. A particular challenge for Zumtobel was the integration of the continuous rows in the acoustic ceiling sails, in which the glare-free light lines were laid diagonally, reflecting the geometry of the external façade and requiring each luminaire to be individually adapted.

This professional concealment and integration of the technology makes the individual areas of the company headquarters appear spacious and inviting. "Open spaces are important, as they enable growth", says Zaugg. "I believe that in Zumtobel we have found a partner who shares this view and works towards this as a company".

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Vodnjan, Kroatien
Owner: INFOBIP d.o.o., Vodnjan (HR)
Ideas are only as good as the people behind them. And these people need an optimal environment to work with motivation, efficiency and creativity. Zumtobel demonstrates the importance of lighting in achieving a good working atmosphere with its lighting solution for the IT and telecommunications specialist Infobip – whose founders in Croatia were promptly marked out by Ernst & Young as progressive entrepreneurs and exemplary employers. Culture is reflected in architecture.

How important is daylight for people? What influence does lighting have on employee performance? How can a lighting solution contribute to a greater sense of well-being? These are the questions that Zumtobel studied together with Gruppe Nymphenburg from Munich as part of a neuropsychological study . For many years now, the Austrian luminaire manufacturer has been pointing out the benefits of holistic light quality through Active Light, which is modelled on daylight. It increases employee well-being and promotes a creative working environment. The IT and telecommunications specialist Infobip trusted in Zumtobel's expertise for the lighting at its new headquarters in Vodnjan/Croatia. The globally active Croatian company offers, amongst other things, mobile cloud services and omnichannel messaging services for companies and mobile communications operators. Its 500 or so employees predominantly work at their screens in offices and conference rooms, so a lighting solution with optimal glare control and high flexibility is required. This is because if you work all day at a PC or laptop, you need lighting that adapts to changes in daylight, thereby helping to support the body's natural biorhythm. And increasing employee well-being.

The company headquarters not only has offices and meeting rooms, but also a fitness area, a restaurant and a training centre. This building is just one part of the high-tech Infobip campus, however. The campus also includes an apartment complex for employees and guests, a car park, several sports grounds and a park. Zumtobel's challenge was to create an optimal and efficient lighting solution for the different areas of the campus, with the focus on the needs of the employees.

The result: The LITENET lighting management system has an integrated daylight sensor and controls the overall tunableWhite solution by monitoring the sky situation. In addition to greater lighting comfort, maximum energy efficiency can also be achieved through the intelligent integration of daylight sensors, presence detectors and time sensors. Automatically integrated blinds provide protection against direct sunlight. And the artificial light follows the natural rhythm in the right light colour and intensity, and in brilliant quality. tunableWhite technology ensures that the intensity and colour temperature of the luminaires can be defined completely independently of each other – for a lighting concept that follows human expectations and activities, e.g. through pre-defined static lighting scenes or automated daily routines in the office.

For optimal office lighting, Zumtobel selected the slim, linear LIGHTFIELDS evolution luminaire in the tunableWhite version. As a pendant version, it offers employees ideal light for screen work, with the best possible glare control thanks to MPO+ optic. The interaction between direct and indirect light also creates a positive working atmosphere. SUPERSYSTEM II spotlights also provide brilliant accent lighting. The basic lighting throughout the building is provided by SLOTLIGHT infinity in the form of discrete light lines. In the chill-out area, ONDARIA shines like an artificial sun. This extensive lighting fixture achieves uniform lighting of the room. The pleasant distribution of light and soft shadows also create a cosy atmosphere. In the communication zones and in the living area of the apartments, the decorative CAELA provides inviting general lighting with soft light distribution. The individual lighting solution is rounded off with SUPERSYSTEM outdoor for the outside area as well as emergency lighting through the RESCLITE and PURESIGN safety luminaires.

Light is increasingly valued as one of the most important design elements and key factors in satisfaction and motivation of employees at work. In practice, however, only around 57 percent of employees can control the lighting situation in the office according to their own needs, as discovered by the global user study by Zumtobel in cooperation with Frauenhofer IAO . The company Infobip is an employer that has now recognised how light can support and motivate people in office environments – and that is now also implementing this. One good reason why the Infobip founders were awarded the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of The Year” award in Croatia in 2019.

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Town Hall Freiburg
Freiburg, Germany
Owner: Town Freiburg (DE)
Architect: ingenhoven architects (DE)
Lighting design: Tropp Lighting Design (DE)
Photos: © HG Esch Photography
Interior Design: Fries Innenausbau (DE)
General planner: DS Plan (DE)
Setting new standards: Freiburg Town Hall is Germany`s first net plus-energy administration building

Natural shapes. Solar panels on a protective cover crafted from glass and wooden slats. Bright interiors that ooze discreet elegance. A human scale. All of these aspects are perfectly reflected in the new Freiburg Town Hall. In addition, LED lighting solutions specially developed by Zumtobel in collaboration with ingenhoven architects, Tropp Lighting Design and the City of Freiburg authorities help the building generate more energy than it actually uses. A very positive outcome – in every sense.

A six-storey building. Nestled behind large sycamore trees. And yet it is neither the size nor the situation of the new town hall that first catch the eye. It is the shape: a natural oval form that cannot help but inspire curiosity. Move a little closer and an intriguing glass façade comes slowly into view. A façade with slender storey-high slats that stretch around the building. A façade with slats that are light larch wood on one side and full-scale photovoltaic panel on the other, simultaneously shaping and showing the core characteristics of the new town hall in the German city of Freiburg: stylish and functional design with pioneering energy efficiency based on a concept devised by general planning consultants DS Plan. In close cooperation with ingenhoven architects, Tropp Lighting Design and the city of Freiburg authorities, Zumtobel set about developing customised energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for the offices, the Public Service Centre and the canteen. The results are now an essential part of the clearly structured and ergonomic work and service areas for the 840 employees who were previously spread across various different locations. And that is not all: These solutions have also played a major role in enabling Freiburg Town Hall to become Germany's first net plus-energy administration building.

Around 1000 visitors a day make their way across the square in front of the town hall and head through the porch into the Public Service Centre. This is where people can apply for official documents and take advantage of the range of services offered by the city authorities. And this is where windowless corridors with individual offices have now given way to a spacious hall in elegant white – flooded with light – that takes up the whole of the oval inner quadrangle. And then the eyes are drawn upwards. First to the large round glass skylights and then on to the wooden façade of the five office floors and finally the sky above Freiburg. Only then do visitors notice the four round service islands.

With a diameter of around 10 metres, these “rotundas” feature a central cylinder that houses a discreet private area flanked by circular consultation zones. Above each of these stations hangs a delicate lighting ring, suspended from the ceiling, which emphasises the rotundas as islands of light in the hall. At the same time, this ring illuminates the workspaces without the need for any additional fittings. Working alongside the planners and Fries Innenausbau, the manufacturer that developed the rotundas as integrated furniture systems, Zumtobel was asked to come up with a lighting solution that hits strict targets in terms of atmosphere and simultaneously fulfils various other requirements.

Creative-constructive aspects were just as important as the specifications defined by the City of Freiburg authorities for workplace lighting exposure and sustainability. Glare-free light without the unwelcome sight of discernible LED points has been achieved thanks to a multilayer luminaire structure incorporating a diffuser and micro-prismatic optics. The crucial increased colour rendering index (CRI) > 90 guarantees maximum light quality and colour authenticity. Interchangeable gear trays were also required to support the conservation of resources, enabling the lighting technology to be replaced without having to renew the custom-made luminaire housing and its sophisticated optical unit.

Two routes lead from the Public Service Centre to the internal offices on the upper floors. Elegant subdued colours, large-scale glazed facades and office partitions, as well as an open-plan layout, create a pleasantly bright working environment. An environment where easy orientation and open communication are actively supported. When it comes to light quality, colour authenticity and future-proofing, the linear luminaires suspended from the ceiling in the offices meet the same stringent requirements as the solution designed for the rotundas on the ground floor.

To help provide optimal support for visual tasks in the biaxial offices with just one luminaire, it was also necessary to be able to install the solutions in the middle of the axes of the office raster. Stepping up to this challenge, Zumtobel developed a 3-metre-long fitting based on the LINCOR product, combining a very slim cross-section of just 63 x 64 mm with an extremely high light output of 11,000 lumens. A perfectly defined colour temperature of 4000 Kelvin and outstanding glare reduction – thanks to the mini-cell structure – ensure excellent light quality, while the 70-30 ratio of direct light onto the workspace and indirect illumination of the ceiling also has a noticeably positive effect. Brightness and motion sensors are integrated into the luminaires for added comfort and, importantly, added efficiency. Speaking of efficiency, the light level is permanently adjusted to provide the required illuminance of 500 lux on the desks – but only when it is really needed. If all the employees have left the office, the luminaires are simply switched off. No users, no light, no waste.

Workers in the town hall have access to the staff restaurant on the ground floor at lunchtime – a large, completely white open space that echoes the look and feel of the Public Service Centre. The clear design creates a structured space in which features like vertical stripes of colour on the walls and wooden chairs generate a pleasant feeling. A warm feeling. And a welcome feeling. Recessed completely into the ceiling, special prismatic luminaires from Zumtobel meet the same exacting standards of design, quality and energy efficiency as the solutions in the work areas. High colour rendering of CRI > 90 also plays a key role in the restaurant, presenting the meals in just the right tones, with just the right light, for just the right effect.

Achieving this perfect blend of architecture, design and light to deliver the highest standards of well-being, design and energy efficiency have helped Freiburg Town Hall become Germany`s first net plus-energy administration building. Yet the awards and attention are in no way limited by national borders. Honours like the Balthasar Neumann Prize show just how this building has really shot to prominence on the international architecture scene. The Balthasar Neumann jury recognised the new Freiburg Town Hall as one of three projects that have been “realised in a very special way through interdisciplinary cooperation”. In addition, the building has won the  German Sustainability Award 2019 from the German Sustainable Building Council (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen or DGNB) in the ‘Sustainable Building’ category.

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St Martin Tower
Frankfurt, Germany
Owner: Immo Hansa Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH
Architect: msm meyer schmitz-morkramer
Electrical consultants: K. Dörflinger Gesellschaft für Elektroplanung mbH & Co. KG
Building technology: EGT Gebäudetechnik GmbH
The St Martin Tower in Frankfurt heralds a new era of office architecture, impressing with both its purist design language and a genuine commitment to active social responsibility. The lighting concept designed by architects msm meyer of schmitz-morkramer with Zumtobel is the foundation of the whole St Martin Tower complex. Close collaboration between the likes of K. Dörflinger Gesellschaft für Elektroplanung mbH & Co. KG from Allendorf (electrical engineering) and EGT Gebäudetechnik GmbH from Triberg (building technology) enabled efficient and effective realisation of the initial plans. Offices, childcare facilities, a fitness centre, ancillary rooms and an underground car park - many aspects united by one impressive lighting solution using LED luminaires from Zumtobel.

Built by Immo Hansa Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, this office complex meets the highest standards of architecture, design and quality. The elegant and vertically oriented light metal facade, housing 18 office floors with a total of 17,740-square-metres of rentable space, contains a large number of workplaces close to a window. Opal light channels embedded in the walls with integrated intercom facilities give the elevator lobbies a distinct air of elegance and PANOS infinity LED downlights help spread a pleasant lighting atmosphere throughout the hallways.

A variety of office layouts are possible. Classic individual offices offer scope for creative freedom and the utmost privacy, whilst open-plan offices encourage team-oriented cooperation. However, this kind of flexible interior design naturally places high demands on the lighting solution. The SEQUENCE LED luminaire creates a pleasant all-round atmosphere. The customised SEQUENCE track also guarantees the necessary flexibility required for new tenants or future redevelopment. The energy efficiency achieved during use is equally important. This task is expertly handled by the LUXMATE LITENET lighting management system.

The exquisite lighting solution is not just all about the interior – it also adds a welcoming level of visibility to the building when the sun goes down. The SEQUENCE track has been installed on all floors of the tower, as well as in the 7-storey core of the development with 7,536-square-metres of rentable space. The generously proportioned external plaza, intended as a central location for communication and exchanges, has an internal equivalent in the form of the foyer. Spanning two storeys with a marbled dark grey natural stone floor, this imposing area is illuminated by a series of PANOS infinity LED downlights. Step inside and the eye is inevitably drawn to a mosaic of the austere monk St Martin, the namesake of the project, which is beautifully showcased with DIAMO wallwashers. The reception desk, where DIAMO LED downlights also feature, is more than just about controlling access. It is designed to be an initial contact point for all kinds of interaction. The foyer leads onto a modern 600-square-metre gastro-experience world with integrated coffee bar. In line with the rest of the building, employees and visitors are welcomed during the day by an open and light-filled atmosphere. In the darker hours, special versions of the multi-functional SUPERSYSTEM LED lighting tool add to the ambience with its unique charm.

The atmosphere in the conference rooms is perfectly enhanced by the lighting solution. CARDAN LED recessed luminaires, mounted at specified intervals, can be swivelled though 30 degrees.

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61 Oxford Street
London, England
Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM)
Lighting design: MTT
Lighting technology: MTT
Electrical installations: Essex Services Group
Photos: David Thrower of Redshift Photography
This new build project in a prominent position on London’s famous Oxford Street comprises, 2 floors of office space, 4 floors of retail and 2 floors of residential.

With its focus on glass - the choice for retailers - the scheme hones in on the area's one and only shared material quality, and, in that undulating glass, nods to the history of London's special glazed shopfronts. This eight-storey volume is articulated with a hierarchy of curved ‘oriel’ / bay windows to unify ground and upper floors and establish the building’s place both on the street and in the sky. The ‘wave length’ of the vertical undulation shortens at the upper levels and combines with horizontal banding to distinguish the retail (the four lower levels, including lower-ground) from the office (the two middle levels) and residential (the upper two levels). Views, amenity and daylight are maximised for office and residential occupants through set-backs, external terraces and internal planning.

Zumtobel were given the challenging task by architect's Allford Hall Monaghan, to develop a flexible lighting system for the Oxford Street building's office space that would include concealment of a sprinkler system.  Using their existing versatile and efficient continuous-row LED lighting system TECTON, Zumtobel have managed to successfully redevelop a special version. The custom named TECTON Sprinkler Highway has completely fulfilled the brief. Mounted onto the TECTON trunking are Zumtobel’s LED FREELINE luminaires. The FREELINE direct / indirect luminaires are extremely functional in design with exceptional photometric performance. They are also very flexible and can be adapted to suit any given space thus making them the ideal solution. Their sleek appearance blends perfectly into the buildings surroundings.

Zumtobel's PANOS INFINITY downlights compliment the perimeters of the office space. With an efficiency of 120 lumens per watt and using the latest innovation and LED technology, the PANOS infinity is made of the highest quality materials.

In the residential areas ONDARIA circular luminaires enhance the rooms making them appear larger. The state-of-the-art lighting technology is expressed in the minimalist appearance. In addition, ONDARIA’s circular design allows fully flexible positioning in the room. The unobtrusive indirect component brightens up the ceiling and enhances the luminaire's low-profile design, so that they almost appear to float in the room. SLOTLIGHT lightlines also blend seamlessly into the building’s surroundings.  The world's first consistent light line complies with the highest architectural and technical lighting requirements. Light is now available as a continuous light line: nearly endless, up to 20 metres in length, without any butt joints and with uniform illumination even around corners.

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London, England
Architect: Gensler Architects
Lighting technology: BSG (Building Services Group)
Electrical installations: Swift Refurbishments
Photos: Redshift Photography
Zumtobel have supplied all the lighting for UBM offices located in Blackfriars, London.

Lighting Solutions Consultant Mark Allen in conjunction with Consulting Engineer Building Services Group and Architect Gensler, were targeted by UBM with creating a modern all LED lighting design which would give a high level of performance. 8 w/m2 needed to be achieved to meet the requirements set. The design also had to reach LEED and ECA.

Zumtobel were the chosen lighting manufacturer as the client could not find an alternative that could match our luminaire efficiency.

The open soffit design with suspended acoustic rafts, meant that the chosen lighting had to fit exact. Thanks to it’s high efficiency with continuous lengths, that also matched the acoustic panels and chilled beams, Slotlight was the perfect solution creating perfect lines of light right across the floor plates.

To complement the open plan office spaces, Slotlight mounted in plaster board (kitchenette) and ceiling tiles (meeting rooms and corridors) kept the theme unified throughout the building.

The 19th Floor is a flexible functional space and the client wanted to ensure that the lighting for this space was also flexible. High level Vivo spotlights allow the lighting to be adjusted and set to scenes according to the clients exact requirements.

For the building’s safety, high level emergency lighting with LPS battery system have also been used.

In the larger meeting spaces Slotlight lightlines have once again been installed to ensure uniformity and a clean look throughout.

The lighting on all the floors within the building is connected to Zumtobel’s Litenet control system together with the blinds for daylight linking, BMS and AV Control, making the building fully energy efficient.

The office floors within the spaces will be used as hot desks. Users will swipe a card to login to a desk and once swiped the desk with automatically power up.

The finish of the project was done in close liaison with the main contractor Swift Refurbishments. They were fully committed to the high level finish and the precise workmanship.

UBM are extremely happy with the lighting design throughout.

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Kaspersky Lab
Moscow, Russland
Owner: Kaspersky, Moscow (RU)
Architect: ABD architects, Moscow (RU)
Lighting design: ABD architects, Moscow (RU)
Every day, Kaspersky Lab's virus scanners detect more than 300,000 new harmful files. In order to achieve this, more than 1,600 staff members of the Russian software company work at the head office in Moscow alone. What they definitely need to do their exacting job effectively is a quiet atmosphere and bright rooms. Therefore, when the new offices were planned, creation of a stress-free environment providing maximum convenience for staff members was a top priority.

Of course, the same high standards applied to the lighting solutions: apart from traditional offices, the right light for flexible work situations had to be created, with flexibility and customisability being decisive criteria. Sustainable building was also very important to the company, and required the architects and designers involved to install building services based on efficiency and environmental compatibility.

As far as the lighting solution was concerned, Zumtobel provided major support: the uniformly illuminated SLOTLIGHT II LED light line was introduced as an interior design feature throughout the premises. It highlights the purist design of the new headquarters and cannot fail to impress on account of its light output ratio and efficiency. It can be arranged in the room as required, provides beneficial light for pleasant general lighting, and creates perfect lighting conditions without any annoying reflections on tablets or displays when people meet in informal communication areas. The circular design of the opal ONDARIA LED luminaire provides a soft accent in the otherwise linear design. ONDARIA, too, creates a harmonious atmosphere in rooms and areas reserved for communication.

In the offices, the AERO II pendant luminaire ensures excellent lighting quality at the workstations. WaveGuide technology combined with the MPO+ micro-pyramidal optic provides the requisite scope for arranging the desks independently of the luminaires. Thanks to the possibility of controlling the indirect and direct light components separately, just one luminaire is enough to create a variety of lighting scenes and provide the right light for every task. The integral lighting solution is completed by the ONLITE emergency lighting system, which once again demonstrates that sustainability and good design make an unbeatable team.

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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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200 Grays Inn Road
London, England
Owner: Great Portland Estates
Architect: IMA (Ian McArdle Architects)
Lighting design: IMA (Ian McArdle Architects)
Electrical consultants: Norman Disney Young
Electrical installations: Elite Electrical Contracting Limited
Photos: Rob Parrish
200 Grays Inn Road is the refurbishment of 22000sq ft of office space. The floor has been stripped back to it's original concrete frame and a new fully exposed direct / indirect lighting scheme has been installed into the concrete coffered soffit.

Designed by IMA in conjunction with Norman Disney Young and Zumtobel, the client brief for Gray's Inn Road, was to produce a design solution which met the preformance criteria for new office lighting utilising only LED technology, was in keeping with the spirit / design of the original building, palette and material, responded to the original concrete structure and integrated seamlessly into the exisiting fabric with both indirect and direct lighting components. 

Another requirement was that the building utilised the available lighting and trunking systems as far as possible and created a new and dramatic lighting identity for the entire space, which will be rolled out floor by floor.

The lighting design concept sprung from a response to the buildings original concrete coffered structure. By stripping away the original ceilings the full volume of the space was exposed. The services design concept was to remove the services other than the lighting from the soffit.

The air conditioning system was redesigned and a new displacement system was relocated in the raised floor zone. The sprinkler system was removed and a new fire resistant glasss installed to the arium, as well as, fire resistant bulkheads to the perimeter.

Having stripped the soffit of almost all other services the concrete was repaired and refinished with Keim concretestain.

The individual concrete coffers had identical factory built lighting 'ladders' installed. Each suspended 'ladder' made by Zumtobel from extrusions and components, contains 2 LED uplights to illuminate the repaired concrete and to lift the concrete soffit.

Every other 'ladder' contains 2 LED circular downlights to provide the required lighting levels to the working plane.

Perimeter ladders carryadditional wallwash fittings.

PIR's are incorporated into the ladder design as are the emergency lighting and emergency escape signage.

The ladders are fed by as OBO exposed anodised aluminium trunking system and exposed cable feed system all arranged by Elite.

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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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Henrietta House
London, England
Owner: CB Richard Ellis, London
Architect: CB Richard Ellis, London
Photos: David Thrower of Redshift Photography
MELLOW LIGHT V Sets the Bench Mark at Henrietta House
Zumtobel’s MELLOW LIGHT V was the only luminaire to meet, performance, energy saving and aesthetic criteria for replacement luminaires in a prestigious London office.

The new lighting installation was part of the refurbishment of Henrietta House, formerly the Diageo building, to create a new West End office for commercial property firm CB Richard Ellis.

The brief was to achieve the lowest possible installed load per square metre and to reduce the overall number of main office luminaires to levels below that seen on previous projects. CB Richard Ellis was responsible for both the Cat A fit-out (for Landlord Lazari Investments) and the Cat B fit-out, as the building occupier.

‘Although we were designing for our own fit-out of the space, the approval of the light fittings was ultimately through Lazari,’ says Peter Fearon-Brown, Director of Design and Architecture for CB Richard Ellis. ‘In considering the lighting system for Cat A, the issues of economy of scale, the spacing, the energy efficiency, the look of the fitting were all important to Lazari and to us.’

The exceptional performance of the MELLOW LIGHT V allowed installation at centres of 3m x 2.7m, a spacing which could not be achieved with any other luminaire. Open-plan area lighting levels average at around 400 lux with overall consumption levels at just a little over 7W per square metre. ‘We had a mock-up area onsite with the MELLOW LIGHT V and one other fitting – the MELLOW LIGHT V looked much better and was obviously of better quality,’ says Fearon-Brown. ‘We’re very pleased with it. Everybody’s very comfortable in the space and we’ve had a good response. It’s working well.’

Three years in development, the MELLOW LIGHT V is the fifth generation of a luminaire first launched in 1989. Optics, thermal management and diffuser technologies have all been scrutinised and refined to produce optimum lighting performance, creating a light output ratio (LOR) of 87 per cent and delivering 65 luminaire lumens per circuit watt. An LED version is also available.

Other Zumtobel luminaires were installed elsewhere in the CB Richard Ellis offices. The PANOS INFINITY LED downlight (twice as efficient as a CFL downlight) was used for lighting in the break-out spaces and the bathrooms, while on the lower ground, the ‘c-bar’ area features a dynamic colour-change lighting installation using 2LIGHT MINI RGB LED ceiling-recessed fittings.

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Marlborough House
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Owner: Northern Ireland Land and Property Services, Belfast, Nothern Ireland
Lighting technology: Darren Hamilton of White Young Green, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Photos: David Thrower of Redshift Photograhy
Northern Ireland’s Land and Property Services office has opted for an all-LED solution as part of a major refurbishment of its Department of Finance and Planning office.

Zumtobel’s Mellow Light V LED luminaire has been installed as the first stage in the upgrade of the 1970s building.

Consulting Engineer White Young Green recommended that the 140 new fittings should be the LED rather than fluorescent version for both environmental and maintenance reasons. ‘Our driver was to focus on energy efficiency and to introduce new technologies,’ said WYG associate and project manager Darren Hamilton.

‘As engineers in the construction sector we have a corporate and social responsibility to reduce carbon emissions and comply with legislation, and WYG is very focused on contributing to genunine reductions in our demand for energy. We also want clients to see the benefits in maintenance and running costs of the fittings through their entire lifecycle.’

Although the capital expenditure was slightly higher than for conventional luminaires, this will be offset by savings in running and maintenance costs, together with reduced waste and disposal. The client’s confidence was further increased by Zumtobel’s five-year guarantee, its in-depth performance specification and the fact that it could meet the tight three-week delivery schedule.

The installation has met with universal approval and, subject to budgetary approval, should be extended to the other floors within the building. ‘The lit effect is very impressive and certainly the client is extremely happy,’ says Hamilton. ‘The space has been transformed and it’s helping with workforce productivity – staff are very happy to be in this environment. We’ll be recommending the same fittings on the other floors.’

The latest version of Zumtobel’s Mellow Light luminaire – a mould-breaking luminaire when first launched in 1989 – is 20 per cent more efficient than its predecessor in the fluorescent option and even more so in the LED model. Three years in development and with a tooling investment of 3m euros, it has been described as the most engineered 600mm x 600mmm fitting ever made.

With a light output ratio (LOR) of 87 per cent, delivering 65 luminaire lumens per circuit watt, it is considerably more efficient than the current Part L stipulation of 55lm. The increased performance comes from a combination of improvements to optics, diffuser and thermal management.

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Gardiner & Theobald
Glasgow, Scotland
Owner: HF Developments, Glasgow
Architect: Keppie Architects, Glasgow
Lighting technology: Ramboll, Glasgow
Photos: David Thrower of Redshift Photography
Zumtobel's luminaires have helped HF Developments win the BCO Award for 'Best Commercial Workplace' for the basebuild of Gardiner and Theobald's new offices in the heart of Glasgow City Centre.

Gardiner and Theobald are one of the largest quantity surveyors in the UK, having outgrown their original building they recently expanded to a brand new larger building.

Bill Haggart of Ramboll in conjunction with Andrew Sives of Keppie Architects were tasked with designing the lighting for Gardiner and Theobald's offices. Their brief was to provide a contemporary, yet inviting and flexible area, which fully utilised the functionality within the space.

The versatility and adaptability of Zumtobel's TECTON SUPERHIGHWAY continuous-row lighting system coupled with its economic efficiency, made it the ideal solution for the basebuild.

The soothingly pure light in uniformly illuminated lines made the SLOTLIGHT II the ideal luminaire choice for the lift and lobby areas within the building. Tetris technology and a seperate white-painted sheet steel reflector provide plesantly uniform light distribution.

MELLOW LIGHT IV luminaires have been installed throughout the office space. The modern optics of the microprimatic system with an innovative cross pattern made of two layers of high-grade optical PMMA/PC and efficient light sources, are decisive factors in achieving high energy efficiency and balancing this with lighting quality. Glare free from all angles, MELLOW LIGHT IV was the ideal solution.

The building is fully controlled by Zumtobel's LUXMATE Litenet control system, ensuring that the building is fully energy efficient.

The high spec lighting design enabled HF Developments to win the BCO Award for 'Best Commercial Workplace' for Gardiner & Theobald's offices. The building has now been entered into the main UK Awards Event.

HF Developments are extremely happy with the results and as such Zumtobel have been specified and completed fit-outs over several other floors within the building.

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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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Colmore Plaza
Birmingham, England
Owner: Abstract Securities, London
Architect: Aedas Architects, London
Lighting technology: Derry Building Services, Nottinghamshire
Photos: David Thrower of Redshift Photography
Zumtobel’s luminaires have helped Colmore Plaza, an office block in Birmingham, exceed the energy requirements of Part L2A and obtain a ‘Certificate of Conformity’ to comply with LG7 Ceiling Brightness Impression.

The CIBSE SLL Code for Lighting is one of the most comprehensive guidelines available for illuminance. LG7 covers all aspects of lighting for offices and includes guidance for office spaces and surfaces, particularly the ceiling, where display screen equipment is in use and glare could be a distraction.

As well as meeting LG7 requirements, the design of the lighting scheme has taken into account energy consumption and efficiency. Part L of the Building Regulations as applied to lighting, set out the regulatory requirements for cutting energy use in commercial buildings.

To be able to provide a London specification office finish, within lighting and budgetary requirements, approximately 5,000 fittings of Zumtobel’s surface-mounted and recessed luminaire, MELLOW LIGHT IV GRIDLENS were installed across nine floors of the building.

MELLOW LIGHT IV benefits from lower energy consumption and a higher light output ratio. Its microprismatic optic with an innovative cross pattern, boosts the luminaire’s light output ratio, while at the same time ensuring up-to-the-minute glare control for a wide range of application areas. It's unique illumination is achieved by teamwork between optic and lighting chamber.
The efficiency and lamp output of the MELLOW LIGHT IV luminaires ensure sufficient light onto the ceiling to meet L2A and LG7 guidelines without overwhelming the architecture of Colmore Plaza.

Providing high functionality with understated design, the luminaires are recessed in the ceiling, giving a synergy of lines across the building. Natural bright light is provided by the MELLOW LIGHT IV luminaires. The elegant dual component design ensures both direct and diffuse lighting of all surfaces with excellent shadow detail and contrast rendition.

“The idea was to create a lighting system that was as sophisticated as any London specification, as well as, having attractive and modern design aesthetics,” explains Anne Fearon Brown of Zumtobel Lighting, who collaborated on the project. “The use of MELLOW LIGHT IV with it's unique lighting quality certainly fulfilled the brief and in addition, complied with L2A and LG7 requirements for all commercial lighting systems.”

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Aurora House
Glasgow, Scotland
Owner: Commercial Estates Group, London
Architect: Cooper Cromar Associates, Glasgow
Lighting technology: KJ TAIT, Glasgow
Photos: David Thrower of Redshift Photography, Milton Keynes
Aurora is a new generation of office building, combining distinctive architectural design with high performance specification. The building extends to 176,982ft² over ground and nine upper floors. Aurora also benefits from 77 basement car parking spaces.

Located in the prime business district of Glasgow City Centre, the Aurora office building is only five minutes walk from the central station and adjacent to the M8 motorway. There are numerous shopping amenities and hotels within easy walking distance.

KJ Tait in conjunction with Cooper Cromer Architects were challenged with the task of creating a premium high end office interior using the best possible lighting design solution.

Thanks to their innovative high quality and energy efficient luminaires Zumtobel were the ideal lighting manufacturer.
Throughout the offices MELLOW LIGHT IV luminaires which benefit from lower energy consumption and a high light output ratio have been installed. Their microprismatic optic with an innovative cross pattern, boosts the luminaire’s light output ratio, while at the same time ensuring the latest technology in glare control for a wide range of application areas. Their unique illumination is achieved by teamwork between optic and lighting chamber.

Throughout the meeting rooms Zumtobel's VAERO waveguide luminaires have created the perfect visual comfort. The stylish, yet subtle VAERO luminaires ensure reflection free illumination thanks to the lamp technology incorporated. Boasting an extraordinarily flat transparent housing and unfolding wings that control the lighting effect in the room in a practical manner. The technology of the MPO+ diffuser and reduced luminance ensure excellent visability.

SLOTLIGHT light lines in the lift lobby blend discreetly into the building's expressive architecture. The remainder of the the building is complimented with the sophisticated modular design of Zumtobel's PANOS downlights.
In 2007 Commercial Estates Group scooped the British Council for Offices’ Regional Award Scotland for Best Commercial Workplace for the Aurora office building.

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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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London, England
Owner: AOL, London
Architect: CB Richard Ellis, London
Photos: David Thrower of Redshift Photography
Two fittings from Zumtobel’s SCONFINE range by Matteo Thun were key ingredients in creating a contemporary, upbeat environment for AOL’s recent expansion of its central London offices.

‘The brief was for a young, vibrant, creative space that maximised efficiency and provided a flexible workplace,’ says Chantel Dykstra of Architect and Consulting engineer CB Richard Ellis, which also handled the lighting design. ‘We had seen the SCONFINE range and were quite excited to use it because we thought the fittings would work really well in the space.’

To maximise daylight penetration to the open plan areas the cellular offices are located at the two ends of the new fourth-floor space with a support area in the centre. This is the main access to the floor and has become the key feature, containing front-of-house facilities such as the reception and meeting/break-out areas.

The SCONFINE LINEA T5 fittings in the reception area had to meet a series of criteria: they had to be surface-mounted and suspended because of the concrete ceiling and deep exposed beams. They also had to reflect the minimalist warehouse aesthetic of the offices while providing an even, glare-free light distribution. Here installed horizontally (they can also be used vertically), they appear as floating lines of light, visually extending the room.

It was also important that they provided a graphic element which echoed the dynamics of the space. ‘The hardwood strip flooring is positioned at an angle so we decided to use a linear fitting to reflect that angular effect to lead people through the space,’ says Dykstra. ‘They contribute to the movement and flow.’

The SCONFINE SFERA spherical pendant picks up the theme in the break-out area. ‘Having a family of fittings helped to tie it all in,’ adds Dykstra. ‘We positioned the SFERA over the tables so you can see the connection from the reception through to the break-out area. We had a lot of glass throughout the offices so both fittings tied in with that as well. They provided a good amount of light and a really nice effect.

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141 Bothwell Street
London, England
Owner: Premier Property Group, Glasgow
Architect: Hugh Martin Partnership, Edinburgh
Lighting technology: KJ Tait, Glasgow
Photos: David Thrower of Redshift Photography
The sophisticated offices of 141 Bothwell Street have been lluminated with Zumtobel luminaires throughout.

141 Bothwell Street is a new 10 storey delux office development. Located in the heart of Glasgow's International Financial Services District, the building is a whooping 180,000 sq ft high.

The development is aimed at occupiers requiring 10,000 sq ft upwards, all benefiting from the impressive double height reception area and five high speed passenger lifts.

The building was developed by Premier Property Group (PPG), the property arm of Sir David Murray’s Murray International Holdings Group. Approximately half of the property has been pre-let to law firm McGrigors and HSBC. The remainder of the building has been let to Pricewaterhouse Coopers, BNP Paribas and Shell Shared Services, making the building 100% occupied within 5 months of practical completion!

Consulting Engineers KJ Tait in conjunction with the Architectural Firm, Hugh Martin Partnership, had the complex job of designing the lighting for the building. Their brief was to find a quality, energy efficient lighting solution which would meet with the requirements of LG7. The ultimate aim being to achieve a BREEAM excellent rating.

Zumtobel's energy efficient MELLOW LIGHT IV luminaire has created the perfect lighting solution for the offices of 141, fufilling the project's requirements. The modern microprismatic system with an innovative cross pattern made of two layers of high-grade optical PMMA/PC and efficient light sources, are decisive factors in achieving the high energy efficiency and balancing this with lighting quality. Also helping to provide excellent light output ratios and glare control.

The recessed MELLOW LIGHT IV luminaire has provided an incredibly effective solution, which has not only met with Part L requirements, but has also helped to improve the Energy Performance Certificates and ensure an excellent BREEAM rating as requested for this project.

In 141's stairwells, the stylish appearance of HELISSA wall mounted luminaires blend into the building's architecture. Together with direct light from the diffuser, the discreet indirect component on the walls produces a pleasant feel. HELISSA boasts an excellent light output ratio and provides uniform, glare-free illumination.

PANOS complete modular downlights with their functionality and flexible tailor-made design were deal for 141's lift lobbies. Not only perfect for various applications, the PANOS also boasts excellent economic efficiency. This includes the possiblity of intergrating it into dimmable electronic ballasts (DALI).

The luminaires in the 141 building are all connected to our LUXMATE PROFFESIONAL Lighting Management Control System which has helped the building to be even more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

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12 St James Square, London
London, England
Owner: DTZ Holdings plc.
Lighting design: Paul Barnard of Sandy Brown Western Limited, Sutton, Surrey
Electrical installations: KLEC Services Limited, Farnham, Surrey
Photos: David Thrower, Redshift Photography
A stylish and varied scheme from Zumtobel Lighting is providing premium office lighting for a newly refurbished Grade II Listed building in London.

With a brief to create a minimalist lighting scheme that would not dominate the impressive Georgian architecture of 12 St James’ Square, SW1, the sophisticated array of fittings offered the ideal solution, combining bright and open working space with a clean aesthetic.

Located in one of the West End’s most historical squares, the eight storey building has undergone a multi million pound refurbishment resulting in a luxurious, contemporary office space. Zumtobel luminaires were specified throughout the building, including MELLOW LIGHT IV, PANOS M downlights and 2LIGHT MINIS. The open plan offices, corridors and lobbies throughout the 82,000 sq ft building are lit to create the optimum workplace environment. As a speculative development, the individual needs of the occupier cannot be predicted, but the installation provides a perfect basis for the ideal mix of direct and indirect light, with an element of control given to the user.

All fittings provide high functionality with understated design and were specified flush to the ceiling and in white to provide a synergy with the lines of the building. Natural bright light, similar to the uniform luminance of daylight, is provided by the MELLOW LIGHT IV luminaires. The elegant dual component design ensures both direct and diffuse lighting of all surfaces, and the Gridmesh chamber is ideal for illuminating display screen equipment whilst protecting the eye from direct glare.

Designed by Sottsass Associati, the PANOS M downlights bring together chic design and high levels of functionality to provide uniform light distribution throughout. The flush circular fittings blend harmoniously into the ceiling whilst the reflector optics reduce glare. Featuring state of the art lighting technology, a soft but, vibrant atmosphere is created by the 2LIGHT MINI downlight luminaires, producing decorative accents to complement the interior. The compact dimensions also ensure an unobtrusive profile against the ceiling
Lighting designer Paul Barnard of Sandy Brown Western Ltd comments: “It was essential to illuminate the ceilings and walls effectively to provide the best possible workplace conditions. The choice of Zumtobel products ensured we were able to do this whilst subtly enhancing the interior to create a truly striking office space. In particular, the efficiency and lamp output of the MELLOW LIGHT IV fittings (600 x 600) ensured sufficient lighting on the ceiling to meet LG7 guidelines without overwhelming the architecture.”

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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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