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Prinzessinnenpalais, Berlin

  • architect Kuehn Malvezzi
  • lighting designer Stephan Zimmermann, Lightsolutions, Oberursel
  • photographer Werner Huthmacher, Berlin

At the start of the 19th cen­tury it was the res­i­dence for Friedrich Wil­helm III’s three daugh­ters, but today it is a new loca­tion for the arts and a meet­ing place in Berlin. Any per­sons wish­ing to dis­cover cul­ture via an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary expe­ri­ence are wel­come at the Palais Pop­u­laire in the former Prinzessin­nen­palais (Princesses’ Palace).

The build­ing designed by Kuehn Malvezzi has been given a new light set­ting using the Lif. As well as a twinspot module, the six-metre high light columns are equipped with a camera and a façade module for the beam­ing of objects. The robust, con­fi­dent design of the Lif enriches the his­toric sur­round­ings of this palace on Unter den Linden with­out dom­i­nat­ing it.

  • 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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