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Church square illuminated with the Lif

  • project Lif in Delbrück
  • client City of Delbrück
  • landscape architect FSWLA Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH, Dusseldorf
  • lighting designer Studio Candela, Herford
  • photographer Markus Bollen

Here the goal was to bring the cen­tral square in the town of Del­brück to life using light. A new light mood there­fore needed to be con­ceived using lumi­naires that would also not com­pete too heav­ily with the archi­tec­ture of the sur­round­ing build­ings. The resul­tant light con­cept was devised by Studio Can­dela in coop­er­a­tion with FSWLA and took into account the unique nature of the archi­tec­ture at Kirch­platz in Del­brück. The plan­ners chose the uni­ver­sal Lif light column by Selux, the min­i­mal­ist shape of which blends har­mo­niously into the sur­round­ings.

Kirch­platz in Del­brück or Church Square is located at the heart of this small town in North Rhine-West­phalia with a pop­u­la­tion of 30,000 inhab­i­tants. Around the Catholic parish church of St. John the Bap­tist, the crooked wooden spire of which is regarded as the town’s land­mark, stands a unique col­lec­tion of half-tim­bered houses. The pre­vi­ous light­ing at this church square, which was merely func­tional, has now been replaced with a modern light­ing con­cept, for which the Lif has assumed the star­ring role.

A slim, cylin­dri­cal light column with a diam­e­ter of just 180 mil­lime­tres, Lif blends per­fectly into the town­scape as a space-defin­ing ele­ment, its ele­gant purist design accen­tu­at­ing the area around the parish church with pre­mium qual­ity light. Being a mod­u­lar system, a vari­ety of gear trays can be installed on the Lif, which is the reason plan­ners chose it for the task of both envi­ron­men­tal and path­way light­ing. The Lif top ele­ment illu­mi­nates Kirch­platz and the path­ways that lead off from it with its down­wardly directed light while the twinspot mod­ules cast their light upwards as far as the tops of the trees that line the square. As well as illu­mi­nat­ing the trees how­ever, this hor­i­zon­tally beamed light also bathes all the façades around the square in a reserved, roman­tic light.

Lif suc­cess­fully sets the impres­sive sur­round­ings of the parish church in Del­brück in scene by tar­geted use of light, liven­ing up this town centre while pro­vid­ing it with a high degree of sojourn qual­ity – par­tic­u­larly during the evening hours.

  • Lively, vibrant and ever changing – our enthusiasm for cities knows no bounds whether for the diversity of their public spaces, the splendid facades with elegant shopping streets, unique monuments or inviting parks. However it is especially in the evenings that we experience the real magic of the big city – when the light of the Lif gives the fullest expression to urban life. Reserved in shape, the Lif integrates discretely into all urban settings, innovatively reinterpreting the reduced cylinder form as a basic architectural shape. By day, rather than distracting onlookers, the Lif blends into the background yet by night it displays its full effect – with the Lif, it is the light that is aligned, not the luminaire. Its modularity enables it to create visual settings for the surrounding area, adapting itself, like no other luminaire before it, flexibly and effortlessly to a diversity of urban lighting tasks. Highly versatile in terms of application, the Lif enables passers-by to experience the human geography of the city in a highly inspiring way.
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