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Prinzessinnenpalais, Berlin

  • architect Kuehn Malvezzi
  • lighting designer Stephan Zimmermann, Lightsolutions, Oberursel
  • photographer Werner Huthmacher, Berlin

At the start of the 19th cen­tury it was the resi­dence for Frie­d­rich Wil­helm III’s three daugh­ters, but today it is a new loca­tion for the arts and a mee­ting place in Berlin. Any per­sons wis­hing to dis­co­ver cul­ture via an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary expe­rience are wel­come at the Palais Popu­laire in the former Prin­zes­sin­nen­pa­lais (Prin­ces­ses’ Palace).

The buil­ding desig­ned by Kuehn Mal­ve­zzi has been given a new light set­ting using the Lif. As well as a twin­s­pot module, the six-metre high light columns are equip­ped with a camera and a façade module for the bea­ming of objects. The robust, con­fi­dent design of the Lif enri­ches the his­to­ric sur­roun­dings of this palace on Unter den Linden wit­hout domi­na­ting it.

  • 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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