Open and yet closed, inside yet outside, distant yet close – such contrasts lend this unconventional new college building from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cologne a tangible freshness. The class rooms, training kitchens, music rooms and the meditation space learning areas and seminar rooms have been equipped with efficient M60 LED light strips by Selux, geared precisely to the needs of the some 1100 pupils, students and 90 teaching staff.
For the illumination of the classrooms that are connected to the facade, an optimum light solution has been developed: The establishment of a comfortable light ambience for studying and working and the emphasis on the polygonal building shape has been convincingly combined in the use of M60 LED light profiles with a microprism diffuser. These do not only fulfil the elevated glare control stipulations but also permit the accommodation of the many different profile angles and legths found in the teaching rooms.
In the M60 LED light line, an efficient surface-mounted luminiare was found capable of catering for the numerous individual angles and lengths in the teaching rooms. Trimless recessed light lines inserted into the ceiling run through the room and corners – across a length of 1200 metres in total. A circumferential shadow gap used as a design element underlines the linear path of the ceiling. One minor challenge for the Selux engineers was having the numerous, parallel and angled light strips of different lengths terminate a certain distance from the wall in each teaching room. The flexibility of the M60 light line's design has enabled a uniform look to be created with the microprism diffuser without any shadowing however. And last but not least, the combination of the neutral white light colour 4000 K with the uniform, glareless lighting help ensure a friendly learning atmosphere conducive to motivation and concentration at this vocational training college.
In September 2017 the building was awarded the Cologne Architecture Prize.