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Aira at Schlossgarten Stuttgart
Stuttgart, Germany

  • project Schlossgarten Stuttgart
  • client Vermögen und Bau Baden Württemberg
  • lighting designer Studio DL
  • photographer Juliane Eirich

The first men­tion of a royal garden in Stuttg­art was in 1350. Today the Schloss­gar­ten with its upper, middle and lower gar­dens acts as the green heart of Baden-Württemberg’s capi­tal city. Since Autumn 2020, new ligh­ting has ador­ned the upper pala­tial garden. For this ligh­ting con­cept, Studio DL used more than a hund­red pole-top lumi­nai­res by Selux – a con­tem­po­rary rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of the fami­liar spheri­cal lumi­naire that dated from the 1960s.

The pre­vious path­way ligh­ting in the upper pala­tial garden stem­med from 1961 when the Nati­o­nal Hor­ti­cul­tu­ral Exhi­bi­tion was held there. Spheri­cal lumi­nai­res, in fas­hion all over the world at the time, were instal­led in the park grounds for the occa­sion. Almost 60 years later, the Studio DL team was on the look­out for a suit­able exte­rior lumi­naire that would blend har­mo­niously into the his­to­ri­cal sur­roun­dings. While searching, we came across fea­tu­res of the lands­cape plan­ning such as roun­ded walls that mat­ched the round shape of the spheri­cal lumi­nai­res,” explains pro­ject mana­ger Johan­nes Käp­pler. It was the­re­fore thought it would be a good idea to use spheri­cal ligh­ting once again for the new ligh­ting con­cept. The lightness and transpa­rency of the Aira con­vin­ced the plan­ners, who thus opted to con­ti­nue with the tra­di­tion of spheri­cal ligh­ting.

With its transpa­rent, almost imma­te­rial dif­fu­ser Aira demon­stra­tes how natu­rally modern ligh­ting can blend into urban envi­ron­ments such as here in the Schloss­gar­ten. The luminaire’s appe­a­rance is dis­tin­guis­hed by its dual Tritec Optic. The golden reflec­tor has a par­ti­cu­larly war­ming effect, which links to the his­to­ri­cally foun­ded sen­sa­tion of com­for­ta­ble out­door ligh­ting and trans­forms the park grounds into a loca­tion where people can simply relax.

When plan­ning the ligh­ting, besi­des aspects of well-being and tra­di­tion, the needs of nature con­ser­va­tion were also taken into account. Since the Schloss­gar­ten also acts as a habi­tat for bats and hermit beet­les, cre­a­ting insect-friendly ligh­ting was impor­tant for the ligh­ting con­cept. With its effec­tive upward shiel­ding and pre­cise light guid­ance, light pol­lu­tion can be pre­ven­ted using the Aira Tritec optic.

All light points have been inte­gra­ted into a cen­tral, web-based light mana­ge­ment system that ena­bles remote con­trol of exte­rior ligh­ting. Dimmed light can be increa­sed to full lumi­nous inten­sity for safety rea­sons if requi­red. As a result, the new Aira lumi­nai­res have ensu­red an impro­ved fee­ling of safety while enhan­cing qua­lity of urban life for the citi­zens of Stuttg­art.

  • With its transparent, almost unembodied-looking housing, the Aira pole-top luminaire shows just how harmoniously modern lighting can blend into urban environments creating an iridescent presence. Selux has made the light of the Aira quite literally float - as a pendant luminaire for pole-top fittings or suspended on an arm, its appearance is defined by the Tritec optic.With one or two modules, various light distributions, and the light colors 2700 K, 3000 K, and 4000 K, Aira can be adjusted flexibly to the relevant situation and lighting task. As a pendant luminaire, Aira also generates a predictable downlight portion, allowing sophisticated lighting tasks to be solved on roads or squares, as well as in narrow lanes or under overhangs. With all mounting variants, luminaire optical enclosures are available in various shapes - from transparent, minimalist cylinders and spheres as standard, to versions in tinted, lacquered, or structured plastic, or even special sizes and shapes that are reimagined versions of historical models.

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