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Thursday 7 July 2016

Erzbischöfliches Berufskolleg

Moti­va­tional light

At the Arch­dioce­san Voca­tional Col­lege in Cologne, the M60 light system ensures a high stan­dard of visual com­fort for learn­ing and work­ing.

Open and yet closed, inside yet out­side, dis­tant yet close – such con­trasts lend this uncon­ven­tional new col­lege build­ing from the Roman Catholic Arch­dio­cese of Cologne a tan­gi­ble fresh­ness. This ambi­tious con­struc­tion also illus­trates the owner‘s inten­tion of making a bold state­ment about social respon­si­bil­ity and acting sus­tain­ably. The class rooms, train­ing kitchens, music rooms and the med­i­ta­tion space have been equipped with effi­cient M60 LED light strips by Selux, geared pre­cisely to the needs of the some 1100 pupils, stu­dents and 90 teach­ing staff.

A state-of-the-art edu­ca­tional centre has been erected in the south of Cologne. Con­se­crated during a cer­e­mony by Car­di­nal Rainer Maria Woelki just in summer 2016, on 22nd Sep­tem­ber 2017, it was already awarded The Cologne Archi­tec­ture Prize. The build­ing con­cept was con­ceived by archi­tects from the 3pass bureau and com­mands admi­ra­tion – the outer appear­ance of this polyg­o­nal con­struc­tion is calm­ing and reserved, while the inte­rior opens out to reveal a pleas­ant expanse that enables a fresh atmos­phere for learn­ing and work­ing.

As well as serv­ing as cor­ri­dors rem­i­nis­cent of gal­leries, the four storeys with their curv­ing shapes con­nect the pres­ti­gious foyer with the teach­ing rooms. On the ground floor, the atrium also serves as an assem­bly hall and audi­to­rium. The audi­ence gath­ers on the tiers of the stair ele­gantly con­nect­ing the ground level with the first floor. The vaulted ceil­ing that strad­dles the room floods the organ­i­cally shaped atrium with day­light.

For the illu­mi­na­tion of the class­rooms that are con­nected to the facade, an opti­mum light solu­tion has been devel­oped: The estab­lish­ment of a com­fort­able light ambi­ence for study­ing and work­ing and the empha­sis on the polyg­o­nal build­ing shape has been con­vinc­ingly com­bined in the use of M60 LED light pro­files with a micro­prism dif­fuser. These do not only fulfil the ele­vated glare con­trol stip­u­la­tions but also permit the accom­mo­da­tion of the many dif­fer­ent pro­file angles and legths found in the teach­ing rooms.

Trim­less, recessed light lines inserted in the ceil­ing run through the rooms and even around cor­ners over a total length of 1200 metres. A cir­cum­fer­en­tial shadow gap as a design ele­ment empha­sises the ceiling’s linear course. A par­tic­u­lar chal­lenge for the Selux engi­neers was to have the many par­al­lel and angled light strips of dif­fer­ent lengths all ter­mi­nate a spe­cific dis­tance from the wall in each teach­ing room. The light trails follow all polyg­o­nal changes in direc­tion while the care­fully detailed mitres are lit right into the cor­ners,” explains Light­ing Plan­ner Stephanie Grosse-Brock­hoff of the project. From the exte­rior of the room too, the light lines can be per­ceived as a spa­tially stag­gered sil­hou­ette.”

The flex­i­bil­ity of the M60 light line‘s design has enabled a uni­form look to be cre­ated with the micro­prism dif­fuser while avoid­ing any shad­ow­ing. Last but not least, the com­bi­na­tion of the neu­tral white light colour 4000 K with the uni­form, glare­less light­ing helps ensures a friendly learn­ing atmos­phere at this voca­tional train­ing col­lege that is con­ducive to moti­va­tion and con­cen­tra­tion.

Project: New con­struc­tion of Erzbis­chöfliches Beruf­skol­leg (Arch­dioce­san Voca­tional Col­lege), Cologne-Sülz
Owner: Vicary Gen­eral, Roman Catholic Arch­dio­cese of Cologne
Archi­tects: 3pass archi­tects /​urban plan­ners Kusch May­erle BDA, Cologne
Inte­rior archi­tec­ture: Keggen­hoff | Part­ner, Arns­berg-Neheim
Light plan­ner: Licht Kunst Licht AG, Bonn / Berlin
Prod­uct: M60 LED
Com­ple­tion: 2016
Pho­to­graph: Con­stan­tin Meyer

Decem­ber 2017

About Selux

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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Selux AG, Motzener Straße 34, 12277 Berlin, Ger­many
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