The rebuilt Royal Palace is illuminated by Lif light columns


Humboldt Forum in the Royal Palace

Berlin, Germany

Located in the heart of Berlin on the River Spree, the newly built Humboldt Forum is a universal museum for art, culture and science and an extension to the existing institutions on the adjacent Museum Island. The spacious areas around this building as well as its façades are illuminated using luminaires from the Lif series by Selux.

Built between 2012 to 2020, the museum building covers a surface area of around 40,000 square metres and is a partial reconstruction of Berlin’s historic Royal Palace, three exterior façades and inner courtyards of which have been rebuilt. Designed according to the plans of the Italian architect Franco Stella it is a completely new construction.

The lighting concept for the facades was specified by Lichtvision. Kardorff Ingenieure Lichtplanung complemented the planning of the surrounding landscape space and the requirements of the safety technology with using Lif custom light columns. This modular system luminaire is configured to handle complex lighting tasks using various light modules: the top element is for general lighting for urban spaces while the façade module floodlights the building at high power from just a few light spots. The Twinspot modules enable The Twinspot modules enable precise illumination. In addition, the special quadruple camera connection allows to combine high security requirements of a museum with the basic function of lighting.

constructor Bundesbaudirektion BBR, Senatsverwaltung, Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss

architects Bbz Landschaftsarchitekten, Berlin

electrical planning Inius Berlin

lighting design Lichtvision Berlin, Kardorff Ingenieure Lichtplanung GmbH

photographer Linus Lintner

product: Lif

features: Smart city integration


With its reduced design language, the Lif light column remains visually in the background. With its lighting technology, it solves complex lighting tasks from general lighting to accent lighting.

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