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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.

  • Lively, vibrant and ever changing – our enthusiasm for cities knows no bounds whether for the diversity of their public spaces, the splendid facades with elegant shopping streets, unique monuments or inviting parks. However it is especially in the evenings that we experience the real magic of the big city – when the light of the Lif gives the fullest expression to urban life. Reserved in shape, the Lif integrates discretely into all urban settings, innovatively reinterpreting the reduced cylinder form as a basic architectural shape. By day, rather than distracting onlookers, the Lif blends into the background yet by night it displays its full effect – with the Lif, it is the light that is aligned, not the luminaire. Its modularity enables it to create visual settings for the surrounding area, adapting itself, like no other luminaire before it, flexibly and effortlessly to a diversity of urban lighting tasks. Highly versatile in terms of application, the Lif enables passers-by to experience the human geography of the city in a highly inspiring way.
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