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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
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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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