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Deutsches Technikmuseum, Berlin
Berlin, Germany

  • project Deutsches Technikmuseum
  • architect Möhring Architekten, Berlin
  • lighting designer Karsten Krause, lightview
  • photographer Werner Huthmacher, Berlin

Lif at the Sci­ence Centre Spec­trum at the Deutsche Tech­nikmu­seum The Sci­ence Centre Spec­trum at the Deutsches Tech­nikmu­seum brings the world of nat­ural sci­ences and tech­nol­ogy closer to young and old in play­ful fash­ion. The reopened hands-on exhi­bi­tion is located in the former man­age­ment build­ing of Anhal­ter Bahn­hof sta­tion in Mock­ern­strase in Berlin. As part of the ren­o­va­tion, the entrance area of the Sci­ence Centre has been redesigned.

The goal was to design a spa­cious new entrance for museum vis­i­tors and the nearby Gleis­dreieck-Park. But how could a rep­re­sen­ta­tive spa­tial sit­u­a­tion be cre­ated using light? The archi­tects Mohring Architek­ten opted for a light­ing solu­tion using Lif. The reduced cylin­der shape of the light column upgrades the museum‘s entrance area, which is inte­grated into the sur­round­ing urban area by means of its ele­gant glow. Eleven Lif light columns in total – two of which are spon­sored by Selux – light up the cob­bled y-shaped fore­court. Light from the facade ele­ment is beamed onto the front of the museum at the same time. The inno­v­a­tive Lif system is part of the LED cat­walk at the Deutsches Tech­nikmu­seum: Along a route of 1500 metres, var­i­ous light­ing con­cepts, traf­fic sit­u­a­tions and colour tem­per­a­tures are pre­sented by more than 70 lumi­naires. The LED cat­walk thereby demon­strates the options of con­tem­po­rary inno­v­a­tive street light to any inter­ested par­ties. The Lif light columns are already pre­pared for this. The open mount­ing ele­ments will enable inte­gra­tion of future sen­sors for air mea­sure­ments or park­ing space man­age­ment and there­fore render the light­ing system suit­able for var­i­ous smart city appli­ca­tions.

  • Cities are lively, vibrant places that are always in motion. Changes in use within communal spaces or multi-functional concepts are transforming urban spaces and with it, the requirements for lighting. As a modular system luminaire in the shape of a slim, cylindrical light column, Lif provides full freedom for the creation of light settings in urban spaces and the smart implementation of these using networked functions. More flexible than any other luminaire, it adapts itself to the widest variety of urban lighting tasks. By day, Lif occupies a reserved role in the cityscape but it is during darkness that it demonstrates its true versatility – depending on the configuration, it can be transformed into a luminaire for squares or pathways, an accent light, or even all of these at once, while at all times remaining a minimalist light column. Lighting tools like the pathway module or the Gobo projector for eyecatching projection effects expand and enhance the scope of planning. New spacer elements in four heights perfectly complement the versatile configuration options of Lif, while smart components like a loudspeaker module, camera, or WiFi element make this light column a key element in smart cities.

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