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Friday 21 July 2017

A symbol of innovation and new ideas - Leuphana University

Exten­sion to Leu­phana Uni­ver­sity campus in Lunen­burg – new main buil­ding

Fol­lo­wing ten years of plan­ning and con­struc­tion, the new main buil­ding at Leu­phana Uni­ver­sity in Lunen­burg was opened in a cere­mony on 11th March 2017. Desi­gned accor­ding to plans by the archi­tect Daniel Libe­skind, the spec­ta­cu­lar con­struc­tion pro­jects expres­si­vely and con­fi­den­tly into the sky­line above the Lunen­burg Heath. Light for the entrance hall and for many of the traf­fic-calmed zones, research and semi­nar rooms is pro­vi­ded by fle­xi­ble LED pen­dant and reces­sed lumi­nai­res from the Selux M Series in dif­fe­rent leng­ths that are equip­ped with various added extras.

The building’s shiny exte­rior shell – clad, like the Jewish Museum in Berlin in titanium/​zinc panels – incor­po­ra­tes nume­rous dia­go­nals and unu­sual shaped win­dows, all hall­marks of Daniel Libeskind’s typi­cal archi­tec­tu­ral style and very much in evi­dence at the new Lunen­burg Uni­ver­sity main buil­ding. The dia­go­nals are a sym­bo­lic refe­rence to the history of the loca­tion since the campus is loca­ted on the grounds of a bar­racks that was built in the 1930s, which was cha­rac­te­ri­sed by a highly ortho­go­nal struc­ture. The 37-metre high new buil­ding has a total net floor area of 13,000 square metres, around half of which is taken up by the research centre. In addi­tion it accom­mo­da­tes a stu­dents’ union with cafe­te­ria and offi­ces, a semi­nar cen­tres with various work­shop and semi­nar rooms and an event centre, which pro­vi­des space for up to 2,500 visi­tors 1,100 of these in the Libe­skind Audi­to­rium’.

For his work Libe­skind, who from 2007 – 2016 worked at the Leu­phana as a part-time pro­fes­sor, ensu­red the wishes and ideas of this most impor­tant user group were incor­po­ra­ted into the deve­lo­p­ment. I allo­wed myself to be inspi­red by the spirit of this uni­ver­sity for the new main buil­ding at the Leu­phana,” explai­ned Mr Libe­skind at its ope­ning, con­ti­nuing: My own expe­rience of the Leu­phana is as a hotbed of new ideas, inno­va­tion, research and deve­lo­p­ment. The new buil­ding is the­re­fore infu­sed with ele­ments of this type.” And Leu­phana Pre­si­dent Sascha Spoun backed this up in his com­me­mo­ra­tive speech: It would have been negli­gent and wrong for the Leu­phana to erect a main buil­ding that con­forms to the fami­liar and that is sug­ge­stive of sim­pli­city. It would have been negli­gent because it is our con­vic­tion that archi­tec­ture has an influence on the way we con­duct lear­ning and research. The objec­tive of the lear­ning model at the Leu­phana is to com­mu­ni­cate pro­fun­dity and diver­sity in the various disci­pli­nes regard­less of what stu­dents are actually stu­dy­ing. It is desi­gned to under­stand new direc­tions, errors and con­tin­gency as oppor­tu­ni­ties for sha­ping the future rather than to under­stand these as a threat to wha­te­ver any­body might they are enti­tled to.”

What is the best way to opti­mally illu­mi­nate the archi­tec­ture of a buil­ding of this type with its highly com­plex room struc­tu­res? The archi­tec­tu­ral lan­guage of Daniel Libe­skind was already very fami­liar to our engi­neers, who gained their ini­tial expe­rien­ces in 1999 during the new con­struc­tion of the Jewish museum in Berlin. At the new Leu­phana main buil­ding the light plan­ners have opted, in exten­sive areas of the buil­ding com­plex, for lumi­nai­res from the modu­lar M Series in pro­file widths of 60 mm and 100 mm. These have been deployed in various leng­ths – from 40 cm to 24 metres – equip­ped with various extras like LED spots, tracks and secu­rity lights. Be it as a pen­dant or reces­sed lumi­naire, an indi­vi­dual lumi­naire or linear light fix­ture – the reser­ved, linear lighting solu­tion ideally com­ple­ments the mini­ma­list archi­tec­ture while at the same time ensu­ring plea­sant gla­re­less light.

In the spa­cious atrium – dyna­mi­cally criss-cros­sed by stair­ca­ses and brid­ges – the Selux M Series pro­vi­des an outstan­ding light qua­lity with grea­ter effi­ciency, even at great heights. The spe­cial fea­ture of the linear light fix­tu­res is the dia­go­nal end brac­kets, which are ali­gned paral­lel to the wall. To reduce direct and indi­rect glare, the lumi­nai­res are equip­ped with a spe­cial lens optic system with micro­pri­sms con­cea­led behind an acry­lic dif­fu­ser. With their point­cast light, the spots built into the lumi­naire pro­file fitted with LED lamps pro­vide fur­ther lighting design accents, while the luminaire’s func­tio­na­lity is sup­ple­men­ted by the full range of inte­gra­ted optio­nal extras such as 3-phase tracks, smoke detec­tors, DALI light con­trol, pre­sence and motion sen­sors and secu­rity lighting, ena­bling each indi­vi­dual lighting solu­tion to be pre­ci­sely geared to the rele­vant room situa­tion and use. Ove­rall around 2,500 run­ning metres of linear light fix­tu­res are instal­led in various leng­ths, ensu­ring gla­re­less gene­ral lighting in public spaces, cor­ri­dors and semi­nar rooms.

Pro­ject: Main buil­ding of Leu­phana Uni­ver­sity, Lunen­burg
Custo­mer: Uni­ver­sity of Lunen­burg foun­da­tion
Design: Prof. Daniel Libe­skind
Archi­tect: rw+ Gesell­schaft von Archi­tek­ten mbH
Light plan­ner: Studio Din­ne­bier, Berlin
Elec­tri­cal plan­ning: Emutec GmbH, Nor­der­stedt
Elec­tri­cal instal­la­tion: R+S solu­tions GmbH, Lübeck
Pro­duct: M100 LED reces­sed lumi­nai­res with sup­port brac­ket in a linear light fix­ture arran­ge­ment M60 and M100 LED pen­dant lumi­nai­res as single lumi­nai­res and linear light fix­tu­res
Com­ple­tion: 2017
Pho­to­graph: Till Schu­ster

July 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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Manuela Sch­na­bel, Head of Mar­ke­ting
Selux AG, Motze­ner Straße 34, 12277 Berlin, Ger­many
T +49 30 72001 – 246, m.​schnabel@​selux.​de, www​.selux​.com

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