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Thursday 7 July 2016

Erzbischöfliches Berufskolleg

Moti­va­tio­nal light

At the Arch­dio­ce­san Voca­tio­nal Col­lege in Cologne, the M60 light system ensures a high stan­dard of visual com­fort for lear­ning and wor­king.

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. This ambi­tious construc­tion also illus­trates the owner‘s inten­tion of making a bold sta­te­ment about social res­pon­si­bi­lity and acting sus­tai­na­bly. The class rooms, trai­ning kit­chens, music rooms and the medi­ta­tion space 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.

A state-of-the-art edu­ca­tio­nal centre has been erec­ted in the south of Cologne. Conse­cra­ted during a cere­mony by Car­di­nal Rainer Maria Woelki just in summer 2016, on 22nd Sep­tem­ber 2017, it was already awar­ded The Cologne Archi­tec­ture Prize. The buil­ding concept was concei­ved by archi­tects from the 3pass bureau and com­mands admi­ra­tion – the outer appea­rance of this poly­go­nal construc­tion is cal­ming and reser­ved, while the inter­ior opens out to reveal a plea­sant expanse that enables a fresh atmos­phere for lear­ning and wor­king.

As well as ser­ving as cor­ri­dors remi­nis­cent of gal­le­ries, the four sto­reys with their cur­ving shapes connect the pres­ti­gious foyer with the tea­ching rooms. On the ground floor, the atrium also serves as an assem­bly hall and audi­to­rium. The audience gathers on the tiers of the stair ele­gantly connec­ting the ground level with the first floor. The vaul­ted cei­ling that straddles the room floods the orga­ni­cally shaped atrium with day­light.

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.

Trim­less, reces­sed light lines inser­ted in the cei­ling run through the rooms and even around cor­ners over a total length of 1200 metres. A cir­cum­fe­ren­tial shadow gap as a design ele­ment empha­sises the ceiling’s linear course. A par­ti­cu­lar chal­lenge for the Selux engi­neers was to have the many paral­lel and angled light strips of dif­ferent lengths all ter­mi­nate a spe­ci­fic dis­tance from the wall in each tea­ching room. The light trails follow all poly­go­nal changes in direc­tion while the care­fully detai­led mitres are lit right into the cor­ners,” explains Ligh­ting Plan­ner Ste­pha­nie Grosse-Brock­hoff of the pro­ject. From the exte­rior of the room too, the light lines can be per­cei­ved as a spa­tially stag­ge­red sil­houette.”

The flexi­bi­lity of the M60 light line‘s design has enabled a uni­form look to be crea­ted with the micro­prism dif­fu­ser while avoi­ding any sha­do­wing. Last but not least, the com­bi­na­tion of the neu­tral white light colour 4000 K with the uni­form, gla­re­less ligh­ting helps ensures a friendly lear­ning atmos­phere at this voca­tio­nal trai­ning col­lege that is condu­cive to moti­va­tion and concen­tra­tion.

Pro­ject: New construc­tion of Erz­bi­schö­fliches Beruf­skol­leg (Arch­dio­ce­san Voca­tio­nal Col­lege), Cologne-Sülz
Owner: Vicary Gene­ral, Roman Catho­lic Arch­dio­cese of Cologne
Archi­tects: 3pass archi­tects /​urban plan­ners Kusch Mayerle BDA, Cologne
Inter­ior archi­tec­ture: Keg­gen­hoff | Part­ner, Arns­berg-Neheim
Light plan­ner: Licht Kunst Licht AG, Bonn / Berlin
Pro­duct: M60 LED
Com­ple­tion: 2016
Pho­to­graph: Constan­tin Meyer

Decem­ber 2017

About Selux

The Selux Group is a lea­ding pro­vi­der of sus­tai­nable ligh­ting solu­tions for both inter­ior and exte­rior appli­ca­tions. Acting sus­tai­na­bly enables Selux to main­tain high stan­dards when it comes to energy effi­ciency, ergo­no­mics and pro­duct design. Foun­ded in Berlin in 1948, Selux is today a global ope­ra­tion employing 565 staff at sites in Europe, North Ame­rica and Aus­tra­lia. Examples of well-known that Selux has been invol­ved in the past include the Park am Gleis­dreieck in Berlin, the Porsche Museum in Stutt­gart, the Vieux-Port in Mar­seille and the 911 Memo­rial in New York.

Manu­fac­tu­rer contact:
Manuela Schna­bel, Head of Mar­ke­ting
Selux AG, Mot­ze­ner Straße 34, 12277 Berlin, Ger­many
T +49 30 72001 – 246, m.​schnabel@​selux.​de, www​.selux​.com

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