The first mention of a royal garden in Stuttgart was in 1350. Today the Schlossgarten with its upper, middle and lower gardens acts as the green heart of Baden-Württemberg’s capital city. Since Autumn 2020, new lighting has adorned the upper palatial garden. For this lighting concept, Studio DL used more than a hundred pole-top luminaires by Selux – a contemporary reinterpretation of the familiar spherical luminaire that dated from the 1960s.
The previous pathway lighting in the upper palatial garden stemmed from 1961 when the National Horticultural Exhibition was held there. Spherical luminaires, in fashion all over the world at the time, were installed in the park grounds for the occasion. Almost 60 years later, the Studio DL team was on the lookout for a suitable exterior luminaire that would blend harmoniously into the historical surroundings. “While searching, we came across features of the landscape planning such as rounded walls that matched the round shape of the spherical luminaires,” explains project manager Johannes Käppler. It was therefore thought it would be a good idea to use spherical lighting once again for the new lighting concept. The lightness and transparency of the Aira convinced the planners, who thus opted to continue with the tradition of spherical lighting.
When planning the lighting, besides aspects of well-being and tradition, the needs of nature conservation were also taken into account. Since the Schlossgarten also acts as a habitat for bats and hermit beetles, creating insect-friendly lighting was important for the lighting concept. With its effective upward shielding and precise light guidance, light pollution can be prevented using the Aira Tritec optic.
All light points have been integrated into a central, web-based light management system that enables remote control of exterior lighting. Dimmed light can be increased to full luminous intensity for safety reasons if required. As a result, the new Aira luminaires have ensured an improved feeling of safety while enhancing quality of urban life for the citizens of Stuttgart.
With its transparent, almost immaterial diffuser Aira demonstrates how naturally modern lighting can blend into urban environments such as here in the Schlossgarten. The luminaire’s appearance is distinguished by its dual Tritec Optic. The golden reflector has a particularly warming effect, which links to the historically founded sensation of comfortable outdoor lighting and transforms the park grounds into a location where people can simply relax.
client: Vermögen und Bau Baden Württemberg
lighting designer: Studio DL
photographer: Juliane Eirich
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