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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.

  • 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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