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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