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Nicolas Borel

Wade Zimmerman

Coming from the asymmetrical downlights (Odyssey) recessed in the ceiling of the foyer-gallery and through the glass façade between the steel columns, a white light bathes the Place de l’Europe. Outside, recessed ground projectors complete the lighting. To meet the architect’s requirement, the place has been freed of all the lighting poles in order to offer a full view of the new building at night. The illuminance levels go from 5 to 10 lux, depending on the program chosen for the lighting (all lamps on or half of them). “Our reflection on the lighting concept of the Philharmonie building”, explains Georges Berne, “concerned both the interior and the exterior of the building. We were in charge of the urban lighting, and we took the opportunity to create lighting effects that reveal the architecture of the building from the inside and illuminate at the same time the Place de l’Europe, created by Riccardo Bofill in 1996.” Inside, the colonnade of the foyer-gallery is lighted by a white light emanating from the downlights Odyssey, designed previously by Georges Berne for another Philips installation, equipped with two metal halide lamps, one of 70 W and one of 150 W. “Two rows of fixtures are disposed in the ceiling, evoking notes of music on a stave”, adds Georges Berne. 260 downlights have been installed, offering a level of 50 lux obtained when the 70 W luminaires are on, 100 lux when the 150 W luminaires are on and 150 lux when all the downlights are lit. Furthermore, the homogeneous and powerful light of this system allows the hollow prismatic crevices of the “high cliff” to provide a changing, coloured lighting experience. From far away, by night, the public can tell if there is a concert or not: if there is a concert, this dimming coloured vertical light illuminates the crevices, otherwise the monument shines only in a white light, letting the architecture be a silent but luminous spectacle.

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Client Ministère des travaux Publics, Administration des Travaux Publics, Grand Duché du Luxembourg Architect Christian de Portzamparc, Paris, France Lighting Design Georges Berne, François Migeon, Remy Cimadevilla, L’Observatoire 1, Paris, France Consultant engineers: Felgen & Associés Electrical installer Cegelec Luxembourg Light sources Philips MASTERColour CDM Luminaires Philips Odyssey 310 Artemide; Bega; Erco, iGuzzini, LEC, Le néon de la Capitale, Martini, Panavision, Targetti, Z-Lighting,

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