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Underground line 55
Berlin, Germany

  • project U-Bahnlinie 55
  • client BVG-Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe
  • architect gmp - von Gerkan, Marg and Partner, Hamburg, Axel Schultes, Berlin, Axel Oestreich
  • photographer Eckhard Joite

Berlin’s new underground line between Central Station and the Brandenburg Gate – popularly known as the ‘chancellor line’ – is now up and running. The U55 has three new stations and is currently 1.8 km long, though the plan is to extend it to Alexanderplatz one day. All three stations have their own individual style. The ‘Bundestag’ station was planned by Axel Schultes, who also designed the chancellor's office in the city. Architects gmp were responsible for the new underground station at Central Station while Brandenburg Gate station, which also includes an interchange to the S-Bahn city railway, was planned by Axel Oestreich.

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  • This luminaire can be used wherever safe light is essential. For instance in local-distance and long-distance transport zones, stations and bus stops, waiting rooms, multi-storey carparks, public squares and subways, bridges or laboratories, sports grounds or correctional facilities. They are available as flush-mounted or surface-mounted luminaires with four different diffusers for all applications and high protection requirements IK09 or IK10 and IP65. Additional power supply or data cables can be installed on the media carriers, enabling inconspicuous routing of cables and tubes even across several levels.
  • Survivor provides customers with a premium quality vandal-proof and tamper-resistant fixture that is aesthetically suited to mounting conditions in in areas requiring high levels of protection such as railway platforms, pedestrian bridges, tunnels, bus stations, overpasses, parking garages, sports complexes and laboratories. A sleek and shallow fixture, its gentle curved form is especially suited for applications where an unobtrusive fixture is required, or to work within architectural lighting schemes. It is constructed of durable materials, cast aluminium end plates, with a highly impact-resistant prismatic or glass shielding, stainless steel captive fasteners and an extruded aluminium housing for ease of maintenance, suitable for both vertical and horizontal applications, surface mounted or suspended. Survivor is available in various lengths, with media trunking and can be operated with a choice of LED or fluorescent lamps. The luminaire is fully gasketed for IP 67 water resistance, and dust and insect ingress control.
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