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Tuesday 28 February 2017

Individual LED lighting solution for the new headquarters of electric grid operator 50Hertz in Berlin

With its trans­par­ent, geo­met­ri­cal façade, the new head­quar­ters of elec­tric­ity grid oper­a­tor 50Hertz in the Europac­ity dis­trict close to Berlin‘s Cen­tral Sta­tion stands resplen­dent. For inte­rior archi­tec­ture too, plan­ners at the Love Archi­tec­ture and Urban­ism bureau have made use of open and flex­i­ble work­spaces. For opti­mal light­ing, an indi­vid­ual LED light­ing solu­tion was devel­oped by Selux in close coop­er­a­tion with the ceil­ing man­u­fac­turer Haufe. Here the recess depth of the lumi­naires has been reduced from 72 mm to just under 25 mm so that the light strips can be inserted har­mo­niously into the ceil­ing with­out any inter­rup­tions to the ceil­ing system car­rier rails for light­ing instal­la­tion.

Fol­low­ing 5 years of plan­ning and con­struc­tion, the new 50 Hertz com­pany HQ, also known as the grid dis­trict’, opened at the start of Sep­tem­ber 2016 in Berlin-Mitte. The main office has been designed by the young archi­tects‘ bureau Love Archi­tec­ture and Urban­ism, with the result a 56-metre high, trans­par­ent con­struc­tion pro­vid­ing space for 650 work­ers on around 12,000 m². Its exte­rior appear­ance is char­ac­terised by a strik­ing, geo­met­ri­cal struc­ture, with white slant­ing, steel-clad con­crete columns making for an eye-catch­ing zig-zagged façade.

On the inside, the building‘s trans­par­ent archi­tec­ture is reflected in the open work­spaces. Based on con­sul­ta­tions of staff, com­mu­nica­tive office land­scapes have been devel­oped to pro­moter employee inter­ac­tion and facil­i­tate col­lab­o­ra­tion on a day-to-day basis.

The mod­u­lar system of LED lumi­naires by Selux guar­an­tees opti­mal and effi­cient light. One par­tic­u­lar fea­ture of this spe­cial light­ing solu­tion is how the M36 lumi­naires are inte­grated flush with the adja­cent areas into a spe­cial, acoustic lou­vred ceil­ing by Haufe using a lower instal­la­tion height of just under 25 mm. This low con­struc­tion height enables them to be posi­tioned directly under the car­rier rail, thus sim­pli­fy­ing instal­la­tion and remov­ing any need to inter­rupt the car­rier rails for light­ing.

The spe­cial office optics – a com­bi­na­tion of microlou­vres and a micro­prism dif­fuser – ensures bal­anced illu­mi­na­tion of work sur­faces, walls and ceil­ings – with­out any dis­rup­tive glare or cast­ing of shad­ows. The linear path of the ceil­ing system is empha­sised by the lines of light, lend­ing the office spaces and foyers a spa­cious appear­ance, while at the same time pro­vid­ing ori­en­ta­tion in cor­ri­dors. At a total length of around 2,400 metres, the light lines add a designer touch on the one hand while at the same time ensur­ing a pleas­ant office atmos­phere for staff at 50Hertz.

Project: 50Hertz Head­quar­ters , Berlin
Archi­tect: Mark Jenewein, Love archi­tec­ture and urban­ism, Graz
Design: Kinzo Berlin GmbH
Light­ing design: aure­lia design licht­pla­nung, Ros­tock

Photos: Werner Huth­macher

Feb­ru­ary 2017

About Selux

The Selux Group is a lead­ing provider of sus­tain­able light­ing solu­tions for both inte­rior and exte­rior appli­ca­tions. Acting sus­tain­ably enables Selux to main­tain high stan­dards when it comes to energy effi­ciency, ergonom­ics and prod­uct design. Founded in Berlin in 1948, Selux is today a global oper­a­tion employ­ing 565 staff at sites in Europe, North Amer­ica and Aus­tralia. Exam­ples of well-known that Selux has been involved 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 New York.

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