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Church square illuminated with the Lif

  • project Lif in Delbrück
  • client City of Delbrück
  • landscape architect FSWLA Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH, Dusseldorf
  • lighting designer Studio Candela, Herford
  • photographer Markus Bollen

Here the goal was to bring the cen­tral square in the town of Del­brück to life using light. A new light mood the­re­fore needed to be con­cei­ved using lumi­nai­res that would also not com­pete too hea­vily with the archi­tec­ture of the sur­roun­ding buil­dings. The resul­tant light con­cept was devi­sed by Studio Can­dela in coo­p­e­ra­tion with FSWLA and took into account the unique nature of the archi­tec­ture at Kirch­platz in Del­brück. The plan­ners chose the uni­ver­sal Lif light column by Selux, the mini­ma­list shape of which blends har­mo­niously into the sur­roun­dings.

Kirch­platz in Del­brück or Church Square is loca­ted at the heart of this small town in North Rhine-Westpha­lia with a popu­la­tion of 30,000 inha­bi­tants. Around the Catho­lic parish church of St. John the Bap­tist, the croo­ked wooden spire of which is regar­ded as the town’s land­mark, stands a unique col­lec­tion of half-tim­be­red houses. The pre­vious ligh­ting at this church square, which was merely func­ti­o­nal, has now been repla­ced with a modern ligh­ting con­cept, for which the Lif has assu­med the star­ring role.

A slim, cylin­d­ri­cal light column with a dia­me­ter of just 180 mil­li­me­t­res, Lif blends per­fectly into the towns­cape as a space-defi­ning ele­ment, its ele­gant purist design accen­tu­a­ting the area around the parish church with pre­mium qua­lity light. Being a modu­lar system, a vari­ety of gear trays can be instal­led on the Lif, which is the reason plan­ners chose it for the task of both envi­ron­men­tal and path­way ligh­ting. The Lif top ele­ment illu­mi­na­tes Kirch­platz and the path­ways that lead off from it with its down­wardly direc­ted light while the twin­s­pot modu­les cast their light upwards as far as the tops of the trees that line the square. As well as illu­mi­na­ting the trees howe­ver, this hori­zon­tally beamed light also bathes all the faça­des around the square in a reser­ved, roman­tic light.

Lif suc­ces­sfully sets the impres­sive sur­roun­dings of the parish church in Del­brück in scene by tar­ge­ted use of light, live­ning up this town centre while pro­vi­ding it with a high degree of sojourn qua­lity – par­ti­cu­larly during the eve­ning hours.

  • Cities are lively, vibrant places that are always in motion. Changes in use within communal spaces or multi-functional concepts are transforming urban spaces and with it, the requirements for lighting. As a modular system luminaire in the shape of a slim, cylindrical light column, Lif provides full freedom for the creation of light settings in urban spaces and the smart implementation of these using networked functions. More flexible than any other luminaire, it adapts itself to the widest variety of urban lighting tasks. By day, Lif occupies a reserved role in the cityscape but it is during darkness that it demonstrates its true versatility – depending on the configuration, it can be transformed into a luminaire for squares or pathways, an accent light, or even all of these at once, while at all times remaining a minimalist light column. Lighting tools like the pathway module or the Gobo projector for eyecatching projection effects expand and enhance the scope of planning. New spacer elements in four heights perfectly complement the versatile configuration options of Lif, while smart components like a loudspeaker module, camera, or WiFi element make this light column a key element in smart cities.

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