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Friday 20 November 2015

Custom Luminaires for the New Port Promenade Hamburg

Brin­ging an out­stan­ding loca­tion in Ham­burg to life with light: the new port pro­me­nade, from the lan­ding brid­ges to Hamburg‘s Old Ware­house Dis­trict

The Port of Ham­burg has a new pro­me­nade in a pro­mi­nent loca­tion – the Inland Port/​Lower Port flood pro­tec­tion faci­lity bet­ween the lan­ding brid­ges in St. Pauli and the Old Ware­house Dis­trict. The promenade’s dis­tinc­tive archi­tec­ture stems from the London office of Zaha Hadid and is brought to life at night by light from
a tech­ni­cal solu­tion desig­ned by Schlot­feldt Licht using LED tech­no­logy by Selux.

The flood­wa­ter pro­tec­tion faci­li­ties in the Port of Ham­burg are gra­du­ally
being rene­wed, cre­a­ting urban plan­ning oppor­tu­ni­ties in defi­ning
loca­ti­ons for the urban lands­cape – like at the flood­wa­ter pro­tec­tion
faci­lity for Hamburg’s Inland Port /​Lower Port. Here one of the Port of
Hamburg‘s most impor­tant pro­me­na­des forms a con­nec­tion bet­ween
the lan­ding brid­ges in St. Pauli and the his­to­ri­cal port buil­dings of the
Old Ware­house Dis­trict, which were recently inclu­ded on UNESCO‘s list
of world heri­tage sites. The buil­ding sec­tion starts at Baum­wall“ in the
direct vici­nity of the Elbe Phil­har­mo­nic Hall.

Ten­ders were invi­ted to meet spe­cial urban plan­ning requi­re­ments and
the award-win­ning design was sub­mit­ted by the London office of the
renow­ned Zaha Hadid Archi­tects. The extra­or­di­nary archi­tec­ture of
the stair­ca­ses shown in the design, each con­nec­ted to the pro­me­nade
in varying dimen­si­ons, ensu­res a high qua­lity visi­tor expe­rience and
aes­the­tic appeal. To enable the ligh­ting effect and light mood to
effec­ti­vely com­pli­ment such archi­tec­tu­ral sophis­ti­ca­tion, Schlot­feldt Licht
pro­po­sed a ligh­ting solu­tion that was not based on standard lumi­nai­res.

The light plan­ning for the flood­wa­ter pro­tec­tion faci­lity with its
pro­me­nade and stair­ca­ses is clearly sub­or­di­na­ted to the strict­ness of the
archi­tec­ture. The stair­ca­ses, whose appe­a­rance is inspi­red by wash-outs
in the sand, are emp­ha­sised by direct light, while the upper pro­me­nade
is lit using reser­ved light. In order to rea­lise the ligh­ting con­cept, light
plan­ners worked clo­sely with all invol­ved par­ties, the cus­to­mer LSBG, BSU,
Vat­ten­fall (now Ham­burg Ver­kehr­san­la­gen) and Selux. The tech­ni­cal
sup­port we recei­ved from Selux was a defi­ning factor in the suc­ces­sful
com­ple­tion of this extra­or­di­nary pro­ject,“ explai­ned Volker Auge­ner from

Based on the spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­ons in the design by Schlot­feldt Licht, Selux
devel­o­ped a pro­ject-spe­ci­fic LED pole lumi­naire. Poles are moun­ted at
inter­vals of bet­ween 18 and 40m at heights of 6.5 m or 8.5m, with each
pole assig­ned to a stair­case, to which it is tilted at an incline of around
15°. All poles for a single stair­case system have a uni­form height and each
pole bears six pivo­ting LED lumi­naire heads, three with bat­wing light
dis­tri­bu­tion and three with flood optics, ena­bling various areas, shapes
and dis­tan­ces to be illu­mi­na­ted dif­fe­rently. Each LED lumi­naire head is
equip­ped with its own, DALI-capa­ble driver, ena­bling a wide vari­ety of
light scenes to be pro­gram­med via the rele­vant con­trol­ler.

The highly com­pact lumi­naire heads are reces­sed into depres­si­ons in the
poles, which are tape­red orga­ni­cally towards the top end; their surface
cor­res­pon­ding in colour with the dark ground below. The design lan­gu­age
for the light poles is based on mari­time asso­ci­a­ti­ons such as ships‘ masts,
cranes or the stalks of reeds.

The way in which the stair­ca­ses inter­sect alter­na­tely in the pro­me­nade
calls to mind small amp­hi­the­a­tres. Uni­form illu­mi­na­tion would have
resul­ted in a sta­dium effect, which we wanted to avoid in the inte­rest of
cre­a­ting a high qua­lity visi­tor expe­rience,“ explai­ned Light Plan­ner Tom
Schlot­feldt. For this reason the light poles were arran­ged so that they
create both bright and darker zones. The pole lumi­nai­res have already
been instal­led in the first sec­tion Baum­wall” and the lumi­naire heads
pro­vi­si­o­nally alig­ned.

The feed­back so far both from resi­dents of Ham­burg and tou­rists has
been overw­hel­min­gly posi­tive. With its sea­ting areas, the pro­me­nade
has been accep­ted as a key new visi­tor attrac­tion, to an extent that
(accor­ding to ini­tial esti­ma­ti­ons) is even beyond the scope of our
expecta­ti­ons,“ reports Tom Schlot­feldt. This is doubt­less also due to the
light mood and the high qua­lity tech­ni­cal rea­li­sa­tion of the pro­ject, the
result of which pro­ject par­ti­ci­pants are most cer­tainly highly satis­fied

Pro­ject par­ti­ci­pants:
Con­struc­tor: LSBG (Lan­des­be­trieb Straßen, Brüc­ken und Gewäs­ser), Ham­burg
Archi­tec­ture: Zaha Hadid Archi­tects, London; Jan Hübe­ner, Studio H2K, Ham­burg (until 2014 asso­ci­ate at Zaha Hadid Archi­tects, Ham­burg office)
Light plan­ning: Schlot­feldt Licht, Ham­burg
Other par­ti­ci­pants: BSU (former autho­rity for urban devel­op­ment and the envi­ron­ment, since 1st July 2015 split into the autho­rity for urban devel­op­ment and living/​BSW and the autho­rity for envi­ron­ment and energy/​BUE), Ham­burg Verkehrsanlagen/​HHVA
Pro­ducts: Selux LED light stele Ham­burg Lower Har­bour“ with 6 LED lumi­naire heads, 16W/3000K each, DALI con­trol devi­ces

Novem­ber 2015

About Selux

The Selux Group is a lea­ding pro­vi­der of sustai­na­ble ligh­ting solu­ti­ons
for both inte­rior and exte­rior appli­ca­ti­ons. By acting sustai­na­bly, Selux
is able to main­tain high standards when it comes to energy effi­ci­ency,
ergo­no­mics and pro­duct design. Foun­ded in Berlin in 1948, Selux is a
global com­pany which is ope­ra­ti­o­nal in Europe, North Ame­rica and
Austra­lia, employing 565 staff. In 2014 the Selux Group con­ti­nued its
steady suc­cess course in incre­a­sing its tur­n­over by 8.9 % to 95 mil­lion
euros. Much of this growth was due to its USA plant (+ 31.4 %) and
Ger­many (+ 11.5 %).

At pre­sent, LED ligh­ting is res­pon­si­ble for more than 50% of the Selux
tur­n­over, with this figure fore­cast to rise to 70% by the end of 2016,
the­reby pre­pa­ring the way for a full chan­ge­over to digi­tal ligh­ting in the
near future. LED light ena­bles addi­ti­o­nal energy savings due to intel­li­gent
con­trol sys­tems and it is in this area that Selux will be focus­sing its
devel­op­ment efforts in future. Some examples of well-known pro­jects
that Selux has been invol­ved with 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 NYC.

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