German football’s coming home – to the Deutsches Fußballmuseum in Dortmund, which opened in October 2015. And when it came to creating the right mood for football, light was the design medium of choice for the planners. Riding the escalator to the permanent exhibition, visitors are guided by the welcoming light of the M36 linear luminaires between the oversized murals on both sides, depicting soccer fans from all over Germany. In the "Bundesliga" exhibition area meanwhile, M36 light lines have been integrated into the ceiling to emphasise the room's linear geometry, casting homogeneous light on walls and exhibits.
The Triad agency from Berlin has brought together the most memorable moments of German football in an exciting multimedia exhibition using the motto "We are football", with HPP Hentrich-Petschnigg & Partner responsible for the architecture. The design of the building resembles a box on stilts, under which the sprawling forecourt continues right into the foyer.
Outside the museum, oversized sculptures of players designed by club L94 are illuminated during darkness by Olivio Systema pole-top luminaires by Selux, an impressive way to get in the football mood, with ten Olivio Grande wallwashers at heights of 15 metres spiralling up the poles. Behind this organic appearance lies the latest lighting technology however. Each luminaire head can be individually adjusted to provide an extended swept area while the flood reflectors are equipped with wide-beaming lighting technology (86°), enabling targeted beaming of exhibits or uniform lighting of free space. The luminaire heads contain HIT-CE spots with a light power of 100W or 150W, while emergency lighting is provided by TC-TEL spots. Maintenance is simplified by a precise bar-locking mechanism.
Once in the foyer, visitors are guided via an escalator into the exhibition area. During this "journey to the stadium" you can meet lots of different football fans – the tension mounting all the time. A crowd scene around 30 metres long and 2.80 metre high by the graphic designer and illustrator Diana Köhne depicts some 1200 football fans on a pilgrimage to stadia around Germany. Using wallwasher optics, Selux linear light fixtures create a setting for the bright murals on the side walls of the escalator.
One of the more demanding issues in lighting technology is how to illuminate walls uniformly, and in the "Bundesliga" exhibition area, this task is performed by delicate M36 light lines, their asymmetrical linear optics resulting in a perfect wallwashing function. Walls and ceilings are bathed in soft, homogeneous light, resulting in an optimal room mood, which ultimately plays its part in making the exhibition an unforgettable experience for all.