Tropp Lighting lightlife Design
Lufthansa Aviation Centre Frankfurt, Germany Client Deutsche Lufthansa Architect Ingenhoven Architects Lighting design Tropp Lighting Design Project management AYH Homola Structural engineer Werner Sobek Ingenieure Landscape architects Ingenhoven Architects, Wkm weber klein maas landschaftsarchitekten building physics ds-plan Building services Brendel Ingenieure, Ebert Ingenieure, HL-Technik Façade planning DS-Plan Manufacturers Artemide, Bega, Erco, Siteco Duration of construction 3 years Completion date 2006
Photographers erco/frieder blickle www.erco.com
H.G. Esch www.hgesch.de
The new Lufthasa Aviation Centre is situated at one of the best developed locations in Europe for transport technology: between Frankfurt Airport, the motorway and the Inter City Express (ICE) high-speed track. Commissioned to create the lighting scheme for Christoph Ingenhoven’s award-winning design, Tropp Lighting Design was faced with the challenge of realizing a high-quality, interactive office and working environment for an already-bustling site. Shielded under the paraglider-styled roof − a pertinent reminder of the building’s function − office areas fan out from the building’s ten gardens which are each based on various continents’ temperature zones. These wing-shaped structures emerge like a street of houses, forming an architectural backbone, or a connecting passageway that links the buildings’ horizontal and vertical axes. Creating a more harmonious lighting scheme than those achieved with traditional strip lights, Tropp illuminated the 1,850 work stations with specially developed suspended luminaires containing micro-prism structures to eliminate glare and added flexible task lights. Briefed to utilize the location of the headquarters – a highly-frequented traffic junction – as a marketing vehicle to represent the company by day and night, Tropp felt it imperative to enhance the exterior of the building for the hours of darkness. Two different lighting systems were used to illuminate this part of the building: narrow-beam, high-performance luminaires inserted into the roof beams and additional under-floor lighting. The arrangement, alignment and lighting angles for the atria, which serve to break up the total picture, were individually lit to coincide with their corresponding garden. Glowing from the inside out, the building appears pleasantly restrained in the dark of night. A conscious decision was made not to employ floodlighting or other artificial means of ‘production’ that would create glare and a wash of ‘light scatter’ on the façade. The designers therefore chose to light the eaves of the roof from below with Tesis in-ground luminaires. In order to meet the demands of the project, Tropp was required to develop new products, including strip lights with a micro-prism structure and integrated smoke detector (or the socalled TRM − modular technology frame system) and a new range of products that allowed several technical elements such as fire detectors, alarms, loud speakers and acoustic panels to be integrated neatly into the exposed concrete ceilings. A continuation of Ingenhoven’s crystalline, energy-efficient workplace, including the gardens that function as thermal buffer zones and provide fresh air to the office areas for Lufthansa employees, Tropp ensured the energy consumption of the building’s lighting was
kept to a minimum. Innovative lighting concepts, new lighting technologies, and the incorporation of intelligent lighting controls form the fundamental elements of this unique approach. To meet the client’s demands for flexibility, the lighting concept is designed to be adjustable. A work place can be set up in any part of the building as each desk is equipped with a table lamp and is therefore mobile. The basic lighting for the offices measures a total of 300 lux. The 500 lux normally required for work places is achieved by the addition of these table lamps. Free from the concerns of daylight, time of day and use, the lighting is automatically monitored and altered by the building’s central control. This functionality also ensures that energy is only consumed when needed.
Published on Apr 24, 2008
Published on Apr 24, 2008
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