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University Library
Freiburg, Germany

  • buyer Freiburg City
  • architect Degelo Architekten Basel
  • lighting designer Lunalicht, Karlsruhe
  • photographer Oliver Kern, Barbara Bühler

The library building at the University of Freiburg is one of the largest libraries in Germany with 3.5 million printed and 1 million electronic books and a 24/7 service. Recently it underwent an energy refurbishment and upgrade, in which it was adapted to the requirements of digital learning.

Throughout the building 1,500 Purelight pendant luminaires by Selux ensure optimum, efficient lighting round-the-clock every day of the week. Elegant DALI-controlled luminaires provide state-of-the-art, daylight and presence-based light control and changeover to emergency lighting mode. The 360° beaming luminaires provide horizontal, active light for productive learning and working.

At night the interior lighting enables this distinctive building to glow resplendently from the inside outwards, thus revealing the modern bustle inside this university library.

  • Purelight is an architectural element that blends effortlessly into any interior space. The family combines the advantages of minimalist design, high efficiency and virtually 360° light. This versatile luminaire is available as a suspended, surface- or wallmounted unit and provides exceptional, continuous lighting. Purelight’s slim cylindrical shape with a satinated polycarbonate diffuser provides superior uniformity and high-quality interior lighting. High-gloss end caps, couplers and suspensions mean the system provides a uniform spatial ambience in foyers, corridors and conference rooms.
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