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Dental clinic at Radboud University
Nijmegen

  • project Dental Clinic Nijmegen
  • client Radboud University
  • architect Inbo Amsterdam
  • lighting designer Deerns
  • electrical installation Deerns / Croes
  • photographer Jan De Vries
  • Representation Selux Benelux

Nij­me­gen – for­merly known in Eng­lish as Nime­guen – is the oldest city in the Net­her­lands, close to the lively old town of which is the green campus of the rese­arch-based Rad­boud Uni­ver­si­teit. This spra­w­ling campus is a mix­ture of low and high buil­dings – one of which is home to the Faculty of Dentistry’s clinic. Star­ting in 2014, this buil­ding was refur­bis­hed and expan­ded with the focus on sus­ta­ina­bi­lity and design – inc­lu­ding effi­ci­ent, ele­gant ligh­ting by Selux manu­fac­tu­red with the same goal. In the atrium Olivio system lumi­na­ires pro­vide fle­xible and effi­ci­ent light.

Besi­des a modern façade, the dental faci­lity has also bene­fi­ted from a new, cent­rally-loca­ted atrium. Due to its low height, the modern buil­ding also draws its natu­ral, park-like sur­ro­un­dings deep into its inte­rior. The view of the out­side is also unobst­ruc­ted above head height, with the glass ceiling enab­ling plenty of natu­ral day­light to flood into its inte­rior to comp­le­ment the sop­his­ti­ca­ted arti­fi­cial ligh­ting. Plan­ners at the engi­ne­ering firm Deerns opted for the Olivio system lumi­na­ire – desig­ned by the lands­cape arc­hi­tects at West 8.

With its floral look, Olivio brings nature into the atrium. Like flo­wer­buds spro­uting from a branch, the deli­cate lum­ni­na­ire heads har­mo­nise with the sur­ro­un­ding lands­cape – enab­ling the pres­ti­gi­ous atrium to flower’ in a new light. The 5.5 metre high tape­red pole with slo­ping arm matc­hes the Y-shaped sup­por­ting const­ruc­tion of the glass ceiling while the Olivio lumi­na­ires, which were ori­gi­nally desig­ned for exte­rior ligh­ting, sup­port the inte­rior with its lar­gely open design.

The six pole-top lumi­na­ires manage to stand out in the light-flo­oded hall, while simul­ta­ne­o­usly blen­ding seam­lessly into the sur­ro­un­dings. The warm 3000 K lumi­nous colour also cre­ates a ple­asant sojo­urn quality. In the adja­cent areas, Olivio sur­face-moun­ted lumi­na­ires on the expo­sed conc­rete ceilings pro­vide a gentle tran­si­tion with the neigh­bo­uring rooms.

Close col­la­bo­ra­tion bet­ween dental spe­ci­alists, arc­hi­tects and engi­ne­ers has led to a sus­ta­inable refur­bish­ment of this clinic, but also in enhan­ced com­fort, an orga­nic design and effi­ci­ent ligh­ting tech­no­logy.

  • The organic design of Olivio and its functional versatility due to the modular design of this luminaire family is inspired by role models from nature. As a result Olivio forms the basis for light concepts in urban living areas where the focus is on the well-being of people. Olivio luminaire heads are available in the sizes Grande, Medio and Piccolo and can be combined with various arms and pole types from the three design lines Sistema, Floracion and Candelabra. Yet it is not just the design that can be adapted individually according to the situation – various optics and light colours from 2,700 to 4,000 Kelvin also cater for challenging lighting tasks efficiently and without glare: from illumination of paths and squares, floodlighting of façades and accent lighting of buildings. The new Olivio Cap also reduces light scatter and for special requirements, with its camera and loudspeaker modules, Olivio can be integrated into smart application scene. The special wooden-pole aesthetic emphasizes the Olivio's high quality, organic luminaire design. Combined with luminaire heads in a harmonoius colour tone such as bronze, this results in a timelessly comforting spatial ambience.

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