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Friday 21 July 2017

A symbol of innovation and new ideas - Leuphana University

Exten­sion to Leuphana Uni­ver­sity campus in Lunen­burg – new main build­ing

Fol­low­ing ten years of plan­ning and con­struc­tion, the new main build­ing at Leuphana Uni­ver­sity in Lunen­burg was opened in a cer­e­mony on 11th March 2017. Designed accord­ing to plans by the archi­tect Daniel Libe­skind, the spec­tac­u­lar con­struc­tion projects expres­sively and con­fi­dently into the sky­line above the Lunen­burg Heath. Light for the entrance hall and for many of the traf­fic-calmed zones, research and sem­i­nar rooms is pro­vided by flex­i­ble LED pen­dant and recessed lumi­naires from the Selux M Series in dif­fer­ent lengths that are equipped with var­i­ous added extras.

The building’s shiny exte­rior shell – clad, like the Jewish Museum in Berlin in titanium/​zinc panels – incor­po­rates numer­ous diag­o­nals and unusual shaped win­dows, all hall­marks of Daniel Libeskind’s typ­i­cal archi­tec­tural style and very much in evi­dence at the new Lunen­burg Uni­ver­sity main build­ing. The diag­o­nals are a sym­bolic ref­er­ence to the his­tory of the loca­tion since the campus is located on the grounds of a bar­racks that was built in the 1930s, which was char­ac­terised by a highly orthog­o­nal struc­ture. The 37-metre high new build­ing has a total net floor area of 13,000 square metres, around half of which is taken up by the research centre. In addi­tion it accom­mo­dates a stu­dents’ union with cafe­te­ria and offices, a sem­i­nar cen­tres with var­i­ous work­shop and sem­i­nar rooms and an event centre, which pro­vides space for up to 2,500 vis­i­tors 1,100 of these in the Libe­skind Audi­to­rium’.

For his work Libe­skind, who from 2007 – 2016 worked at the Leuphana as a part-time pro­fes­sor, ensured the wishes and ideas of this most impor­tant user group were incor­po­rated into the devel­op­ment. I allowed myself to be inspired by the spirit of this uni­ver­sity for the new main build­ing at the Leuphana,” explained Mr Libe­skind at its open­ing, con­tin­u­ing: My own expe­ri­ence of the Leuphana is as a hotbed of new ideas, inno­va­tion, research and devel­op­ment. The new build­ing is there­fore infused with ele­ments of this type.” And Leuphana Pres­i­dent Sascha Spoun backed this up in his com­mem­o­ra­tive speech: It would have been neg­li­gent and wrong for the Leuphana to erect a main build­ing that con­forms to the famil­iar and that is sug­ges­tive of sim­plic­ity. It would have been neg­li­gent because it is our con­vic­tion that archi­tec­ture has an influ­ence on the way we con­duct learn­ing and research. The objec­tive of the learn­ing model at the Leuphana is to com­mu­ni­cate pro­fun­dity and diver­sity in the var­i­ous dis­ci­plines regard­less of what stu­dents are actu­ally study­ing. It is designed to under­stand new direc­tions, errors and con­tin­gency as oppor­tu­ni­ties for shap­ing the future rather than to under­stand these as a threat to what­ever any­body might they are enti­tled to.”

What is the best way to opti­mally illu­mi­nate the archi­tec­ture of a build­ing of this type with its highly com­plex room struc­tures? The archi­tec­tural lan­guage of Daniel Libe­skind was already very famil­iar to our engi­neers, who gained their ini­tial expe­ri­ences in 1999 during the new con­struc­tion of the Jewish museum in Berlin. At the new Leuphana main build­ing the light plan­ners have opted, in exten­sive areas of the build­ing com­plex, for lumi­naires from the mod­u­lar M Series in pro­file widths of 60 mm and 100 mm. These have been deployed in var­i­ous lengths – from 40 cm to 24 metres – equipped with var­i­ous extras like LED spots, tracks and secu­rity lights. Be it as a pen­dant or recessed lumi­naire, an indi­vid­ual lumi­naire or linear light fix­ture – the reserved, linear light­ing solu­tion ide­ally com­ple­ments the min­i­mal­ist archi­tec­ture while at the same time ensur­ing pleas­ant glare­less light.

In the spa­cious atrium – dynam­i­cally criss-crossed by stair­cases and bridges – the Selux M Series pro­vides an out­stand­ing light qual­ity with greater effi­ciency, even at great heights. The spe­cial fea­ture of the linear light fix­tures is the diag­o­nal end brack­ets, which are aligned par­al­lel to the wall. To reduce direct and indi­rect glare, the lumi­naires are equipped with a spe­cial lens optic system with micro­prisms con­cealed behind an acrylic dif­fuser. With their point­cast light, the spots built into the lumi­naire pro­file fitted with LED lamps pro­vide fur­ther light­ing design accents, while the luminaire’s func­tion­al­ity is sup­ple­mented by the full range of inte­grated optional extras such as 3-phase tracks, smoke detec­tors, DALI light con­trol, pres­ence and motion sen­sors and secu­rity light­ing, enabling each indi­vid­ual light­ing solu­tion to be pre­cisely geared to the rel­e­vant room sit­u­a­tion and use. Over­all around 2,500 run­ning metres of linear light fix­tures are installed in var­i­ous lengths, ensur­ing glare­less gen­eral light­ing in public spaces, cor­ri­dors and sem­i­nar rooms.

Project: Main build­ing of Leuphana Uni­ver­sity, Lunen­burg
Cus­tomer: Uni­ver­sity of Lunen­burg foun­da­tion
Design: Prof. Daniel Libe­skind
Archi­tect: rw+ Gesellschaft von Architek­ten mbH
Light plan­ner: Studio Din­nebier, Berlin
Elec­tri­cal plan­ning: Emutec GmbH, Norder­st­edt
Elec­tri­cal instal­la­tion: R+S solu­tions GmbH, Lübeck
Prod­uct: M100 LED recessed lumi­naires with sup­port bracket in a linear light fix­ture arrange­ment M60 and M100 LED pen­dant lumi­naires as single lumi­naires and linear light fix­tures
Com­ple­tion: 2017
Pho­to­graph: Till Schus­ter

July 2017

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