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Thursday 29 September 2016

EXPO 2016 in Antalya Turkey

Inter­na­tional Hor­ti­cul­tural Exhi­bi­tion – with Light by Selux

On 23rd April, the first world exhi­bi­tion opened to the public in Antalya in Turkey. Under the motto Flow­ers and Chil­dren“ the EXPO focuses on nature and sus­tain­abil­ity rather than indus­try and engi­neer­ing. It is part of a series of inter­na­tional hor­ti­cul­tural exhi­bi­tions that have been organ­ised under the aus­pices of the Bureau Inter­na­tional des Expos (BIE)“, the last of which was held in 2012 in Venlo in the Nether­lands. The EXPO grounds com­prise 53 national gar­dens as well as other theme-based gar­dens grouped around an arti­fi­cial lake. For the light­ing of paths and squares, the plan­ners opted for exte­rior lumi­naires from the Selux prod­uct range.

The city of Antalya is a world famous beach resort and the tourism centre of the Turk­ish Riv­iera. The goal of this EXPO, that fin­ishes on 30th Octo­ber, is to draw deserv­ing atten­tion to the green­ness of the fer­tile region that sur­rounds Antalya. Besides the cul­ti­va­tion of fruit, veg­eta­bles and flow­ers, the nat­ural habi­tat of this hin­ter­land also includes a diverse botanic spec­trum with more than 750 endemic plant vari­eties.

Repur­pos­ing per­spec­tives

Together with his­tory, bio­di­ver­sity and green cities, sus­tain­abil­ity is one of the four key areas of this exhi­bi­tion. True to this idea, a plan is already in place for sub­se­quent reuse of the 112 hectare large exhi­bi­tion grounds. With its arti­fi­cial EXPO lake, the newly planted forest, the Children‘s Island, the Museum for Agri­cul­ture, a view­ing plat­form and an amphithe­atre hold­ing 2000 people, it is des­tined to serve as a public park and events venue – mean­ing it will be both a tourist attrac­tion and a green lung for the rapidly grow­ing metrop­o­lis. The design con­cept for the grounds and build­ings was con­ceived by Mehmet Senol and his team from the ARTI Mimar­lık Bureau in Ankara. The 114 metre high EXPO tower, with its highly expres­sive shape, has the poten­tial to become a land­mark both of the exhi­bi­tion and for the Antalya sur­round­ing region.

The major­ity of the light­ing on the EXPO grounds has been sup­plied by Selux. As well as ensur­ing bright­ness and safety for vis­i­tors during the evening and at night-time, the hun­dreds of pole-top lumi­naires from the Astro and Olivio series also lend the grounds an impres­sive over­all appear­ance during dark­ness. The 15-metre high poles from the Olivio Sis­tema design line, each of which is fitted with 15 Olivio Grande light heads, are a par­tic­u­lar eye-catcher. These have been erected at promi­nent loca­tions such as the main entrance, side entrance, Expo tower and Expo Square. The Olivio lumi­naire heads coil in an ele­gant spiral up the poles ensur­ing a state-of-the-art but at the same time organic look. Each of the lumi­naire heads can be aligned indi­vid­u­ally with their rota­tion­ally sym­met­ri­cal 40° LED optics and con­trolled via DALI,“ local light plan­ner Niyazi Avci explains of the light­ing con­cept: This has enabled us to make flex­i­ble use of just a few pole-top lumi­naires for uni­form light­ing of both open spaces and exhi­bi­tion objects.“

Another factor in the suc­cess of this project was that, in Gül­tekin Coskun, Selux had at its dis­posal an expe­ri­enced project man­ager who was highly famil­iar with the Turk­ish lan­guage, cul­ture and men­tal­ity due to his own family back­ground. That alone was not suf­fi­cient to ensure the suc­cess of the project how­ever,“ empha­sised Mr Coskun: Niyazi Avci and ARTI Archi­tects from Ankara are among the most renowned light plan­ners and archi­tects in Turkey and their light­ing con­cept placed high demands for qual­ity and energy effi­ciency on our prod­ucts.“ Under­stand­ing the expec­ta­tions and desires of plan­ners cor­rectly during intense talks and imple­ment­ing these was just as impor­tant, in the view of the project man­ager, as effi­cient coop­er­a­tion within the team itself.

Win­ning design and tech­nol­ogy

The paths around the var­i­ous national gar­dens are also lined with pole-top lumi­naires from the Olivio series. A total of 266 lumi­naires from the Olivio Can­de­labra design line with three Olivio Medio light heads emit their high-qual­ity LED light via rota­tion­ally sym­met­ri­cal wide-beam­ing reflec­tors. The plan­ners chose 4000 Kelvin as the light colour with an above stan­dard CRI of >80 for nat­ural repro­duc­tion of the ubiq­ui­tous colour­ful plants and flow­ers. The third Selux lumi­naire type spec­i­fied by Niyazi Avci was the Astro pole-top lumi­naire. Almost four hun­dred of these are located at var­i­ous promi­nent loca­tions such as at the VIP build­ing, the Press Centre, the amphithe­atre and the Children‘s Island. They are equipped with sym­met­ri­cally reflect­ing optics and a strik­ing blue-effect ring. Whereas the lumi­naires from the Olivio series nat­u­rally com­ple­ment hor­ti­cul­tural exhi­bi­tions, the Astro lumi­naires – designed by the renowned bureau Phoenix Design from Stuttgart – enable a pleas­antly sober­ing con­trast.

Whether for an organic look or a dis­tinc­tive tech­ni­cal design, when it came to sus­tain­abil­ity, the exhi­bi­tion plan­ners chose the ideal light­ing part­ner. Pre­mium-qual­ity LED mod­ules and pre­ci­sion optics ensure opti­mal energy effi­ciency. Thanks to the durable mate­ri­als, cor­ro­sion-resis­tant sur­faces and robust designs, these lumi­naires will retain their look of qual­ity and aes­thet­ics for years to come. The order for the Expo project in Antalya is a won­der­ful oppor­tu­nity for us to demon­strate our com­pe­tence,“ said Selux Direc­tor Jürgen Hess of the project. And it is par­tic­u­larly sat­is­fy­ing for us as a com­pany to con­tribute to sub­staintable urban devel­op­ment and hence to improv­ing the qual­ity of life.“

Sep­tem­ber 2016

About Selux

The Selux Group is a lead­ing provider of sus­tain­able light­ing solu­tions for both inte­rior and exte­rior appli­ca­tions. By acting sus­tain­ably, Selux is able to main­tain high stan­dards when it comes to energy effi­ciency, ergonom­ics and prod­uct design. Founded in Berlin in 1948, Selux is a global com­pany which is oper­a­tional in Europe, North Amer­ica and Aus­tralia, employ­ing 565 staff. Some exam­ples of well-known projects that Selux has been involved with 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 NYC.

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

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