Plaza Nube, Zaragoza In contrast to most of the spectacular installations of Expo 2008 which have disappeared by and by, the striking landmarks of Zaragoza – the water tower and the bridge over the Ebro – and above all the elaborately designed nature have found a firm place in the cityscape of Zaragoza. The "Parque de Agua Luis Buñuel", a botanic theme and water park with more than 65,000 trees and bushes, a surrounding water channel, some buildings and Plaza Nube, is part of this complex. In the bend of the river Ebro lies Plaza Nube, an inconspicuous gravel bed during the day, adjoining the buildings of the "Ebro Espacio". On certain evenings, however, it changes into an impressive spectacle. Clouds in different colours and shapes drift mystically over the whole square – changing in movement and intensity. So the planning office Artec3 – following the main subject of the Expo – brilliantly realised the task to combine water and light in one installation. The secret behind this backdrop, technically implemented by Luz y Cristal / Insta Ibérica, is a total of 11 ACO DRAIN channels each with a length of 29 m and with grate cover screwed on. Underneath the cover, a closed water pipe system with more than 1200 nozzles creates the mist. In five channels, more than 80 "ACO DRAIN® light line LED-Floorline RGB" LED luminaires (16.8 W, IP 67) from Insta, each with a length of one metre, were installed, staggered over the square. Each LED luminaire can be controlled individually via the instalight® LEDTRIX light management system. 18 light scenes are pre-programmed and can be called up easily – manually or automatically - using an Insta "KNX TP light control panel", with calendar and time functions. Further sensorics can be integrated easily. Thus Plaza Nube is part of a successful combination of the urban area and nature, which started with the bridge that forged the first link between traditional town centre and the modern complex of Expo 2008.
Perfect light for the opera of football in Dortmund With a capacity of 84.000 for Bundesliga games, the Westfalenstadion – or Signal Iduna Park – in Dortmund is Germany’s biggest stadium. With an average of 80,000 tickets sold per league game, it has the highest average number of spectators of any stadium in Europe. It also had the third-largest capacity of all the German stadiums hosting World Cup games, when the competition was held in the country in 2006. The Westfalenstadion changed from the angular form for which it was known in the 1974 World Cup to an oval shape in 2002, when it was enlarged to increase capacity. Construction work speeded up in time for completion for the 2006 World Cup. The last 17,000 of the old seats were replaced with black and yellow seats with backrests. The dressing rooms, referees’ rooms, and the doping control and media areas were enlarged and refurbished. Extra parking spaces, VIP lounges and safety and security equipment were added. To enable the club to provide a fitting welcome to its guests from all over the world, Borussia Dortmund also improved its facilities for offering high-class catering: it created stylish, modern hospitality areas in two of the new corners of the stadium – West Stand North and West Stand South. Fans of Borussia Dortmund were immediately enamoured with their new “palace” following the conversion. This comes as no surprise, because Signal Iduna Park easily lives up to its reputation as the “Verona of German football”. But of course, apart from stars and a receptive audience, a “Grand Opera” also needs something else. It needs good lighting. Just before fans pass through the turnstiles of the North entrance, they are greeted by a 138-metre long LED light line running parallel to the stadium. This can easily be changed to the club colours of the teams playing, and can be used fixed or as chaser lights. Other lighting options for keeping fans in good spirits include “Rainbow”, “Waterfall” and a super-fast light point that races around faster than a pro footballer. Adjoining the light line in the pedestrian and lightweight deliveries area, there is also a 20-metre long line of LED light points in the heavy goods' area. The project was implemented with the ACO DRAIN light line from Insta Electro GmbH. For this, two channels were created. One for drainage, which also contains ducts and cables for the power supply, and one containing the ACO DRAIN Multiline, which houses the LED-Floorline with its RGB LED lights. The ACO DRAIN channel is covered with a special type of glass developed specifically for Insta by HECKER Glastechnik GmbH & Co. KG which allows the decorative light line to be driven over. The ballasts and control equipment for the system are housed in a total of eight ducts. During installation work, the channels were covered with gratings to allow the stadium to continue to be used as normal. All in all, an impressive logistical feat by DEW21 (Dortmunder Energie- und Wasserversorgung GmbH), who were selected as site managers by Dortmund’s Civil Engineering Department. Once the preparatory construction work was complete, Insta supplied the pre-programmed system including all electronic components and LED fixtures. Insta then discussed the installation of the system on-site with the electrical installation company. The new eye-catching lighting feature on the north side of the stadium was officially put into operation on 11th May 2006, just in time to give fans a fitting welcome to the start of the World Cup and the prelim between Trinidad & Tobago and Sweden on 10th June 2006.
Schweizer National Versicherungs AG, Frankfurt The modernisation of office buildings dating from the 1960s places great demands on the feeling for shapes on the part of the architect – particularly in case of such a striking building as the Frankfurt office of the Schweizer National Versicherungs AG. For this is the oldest high-rise building in the banking area – 16 storeys and a total height of 65 m, which was record-breaking in 1964 – and situated at an exposed location in direct vicinity of the Untermainbrücke. The architecture of the building is unusual, it was in 1964 and is still today. The ceilings are "suspended" between the inner core and the outer support construction of five reinforced concrete stirrups fastened outside the body of the building. After a fundamental modernisation, the new facade design underlines this innovative and structurally demanding concept. The architects in charge, P. Marquardt from Offenbach, in cooperation with the project partner J. Hartmann, replaced the almost square windows with longitudinal ones. This brings increased flexibility to the interior partition and makes the facade slimmer. The illumination underlines the exceptional architecture. On the outer side of the five reinforced concrete stirrups, a total of 650 metres of the instalight 4010 supporting rail system were installed. The light source used was monochrome LEDLUX LH lamps, which were directly connected to the mains voltage (230 V/50 Hz AC). The LED luminaires provide a framework for the building, as they run up to and over the roof as a continuous light line. The attached Micro-Linie groove refractor creates a very narrow light effect. The stirrups are a massive 65 metres high. This means that the innovative support construction of this "classical building of architectural modern age" is visible from both near and far, even in twilight and darkness.
Iserlohn station forecourt "The new station forecourt is a place where you arrive or leave, a meeting place, and should be a place where you want to at least to stay for a while." These were the words of Mayor Klaus Müller, when he opened the forecourt of the new Iserlohn station on 24th November, handing it over to the citizenry. Accompanied by the brass band of the youth music school and a small accompanying programme, the event was attended by countless invited guests, all curious to see the new feature. They wanted to be there when the lights were officially switched on at the new station forecourt. In particular, the shining Insta light strip, weaving through the freshly-fallen snow across the site, drew in onlookers. The site around Iserlohn station was completely redesigned in just 2 1/2 years. The station was inaugurated on 26.01.2008. The redesigning of the square, including the entry into the street called "Poth", running off towards the town centre, started in May. The square, which has an area of around 2,800 m², is characterised by form and function. Its task of connecting the pedestrian precinct on one side and the Alexanderhöhe and the Parktheater on the other is supported by the 80-metre long, curving blue instalight 1060 light line. Between the square and Poth, 57 blue light points provide an edge to Rahmenstrasse, which runs around the square without a kerb. Besides its artistic function, the light point is used here as an "attention light" for all road users in the dark and thereby contributes to traffic safety.
Heliport for the hospital Immenstadt Besides patience and calm, flying a rescue helicopter always requires the ability to concentrate. This is particularly important at night, when known landmarks melt into an area of grey, artificial light sketches out the shapes of urban areas, leaving open spaces in darkness. Today, the guidance systems of rescue helicopters primarily use the Global Positioning System (GPS). Hospital locations and approach routes are saved in the navigation systems. Long-range airfield flares, previously used in addition to map navigation, are now only possible in few cases. Of more help to pilots is when the approached landing site is visible as a green contour. A landing site marked with LED light lines can be surely recognised considerably earlier. The resulting three-dimensional images of the landing site offers the approaching helicopter crew the best possible information, increasing flight safety (e.g. drift, limitation of the landing site, etc.). The feared phenomenon of target fascination - triggered in stress situations by points of light - does not occur in long, line-shaped light sources. The use of long-life, almost maintenance-free and energy-efficient LED technology also guarantees reliable system operation, which, as part of the fight for valuable seconds, simply has to function. With advice from the company Helipad.consulting, which has specialised in the construction of helipads, the responsible construction managers chose a highly-reliable product, used in countless projects - instalight 1060 LED light lines, whose flexible installation concept allows harmonisation with a wealth of installation situations with many different substrates. This essential change to night signalling of helipads - which has established itself in both Europe and the whole world - is being used more and more in Germany as well. Two further projects are in the implementation phase and a further four already in planning.
First Class Business in Düsseldorf Kennedydamm in Düsseldorf had been getting a bit long in the tooth. This is what obviously the real estate company ORCO thought, too, who – in close cooperation with the project management Drees & Sommer, Cologne – gave a new highlight to the central site between city and airport/fair. With the Sky Office, the Düsseldorf architects Ingenhoven und Partner not only built the seventh highest office building in town, but also a very special architectural eye-catcher. One special feature is the ground plan shaped like a double ellipse, which is the result of comprehensive studies on the optimisation of room economy. The second feature is the filigree impression of the outer shell and the wavy roof. The tower is crowned by a white light line of Insta Elektro GmbH, illuminating the attica. By night, it underlines the characteristic shape of the roof construction which resembles butterfly wings. In cooperation with the façade construction company Rupert App GmbH & Co, approx. 180 m instalight 4010 LED luminaires had been preinstalled into the alpine white aluminium shells in the Insta works, which could then be mounted into the façade easily. The customer-specific product is equipped with monochrome LEDLUX linear LN elements, a highly variable LED lamp system for interior and exterior areas. They are particularly suitable for invisible integration into architecture. With 23 floors and more than 35,000 m² office surface, the 89 metre-high solitaire building is the new characteristic landmark of Düsseldorf, which changes the face of the city, especially in direction of the Rhine. The size and the gate function of Sky Office become apparent when approaching the city of Düsseldorf from the North and having a fabulous view on the skyline. This sight will remain, for because of the proximity to the airport, no higher buildings are allowed on Kennedydamm. Therefore, it is no wonder that a good 65 per cent of the office surface had been rented early. The consultants McKinsey settled on the floors 15 to 22 and the solicitor’s office Lovells between floors 9 and 13. The highest floor is shared by these two companies. This was made possible by the two building wings with separate access and a total of six lifts. Surfaces can be used more efficiently and variably and can be adapted to changing company structures easily. Further tenants include the Dutch Consulate General, who moved into 1400 m² on the first floor, and the management consultants Interconsilium. The double-shell facade allows natural ventilation without noise and efficient shading by means of the sun protection outside. The huge windows up to the 22nd floor can be opened by the employees on every level, as a second shell embraces the building. This considerably reduces auxiliary costs for cooling and ventilation. The maintenance costs for the luminous circle are negligible because of the extraordinary long service life of the LEDs. In the evening, when the employees have left their workplaces, a uniformly warm "dozing light" switches on automatically, which makes Sky Office seem to glow. During the night, the light dies away and only the Insta light line remains, which can be seen far over the Rhine. When this light line fades away too – late at night – the giant, so busy during the day, falls asleep.
A monument to the steel tradition in the Ruhr Cool as steel As rough and reserved as the rest of the Ruhr area – this is the first impression of the ThyssenKrupp Areal in Essen. At a closer look, the outer appearance of the buildings reflects the strong connection with the history of the company and seems to be a link between the past and the future of the region. The architecture seems as natural as if it had always been there. It is modern and classic at the same time and is a monument to the tradition of steel, coal and hard work. ThyssenKrupp presents itself as a constant in this region – self-confident and solid as a rock. The view of the observer runs across the water basin, criss-crossed by diagonal "short ways", onto the Headquarter Q1 in the centre. On the left and right side, the water basin is framed by administration and service buildings. Forum Q2, which is dedicated solely to support facilities, houses a hall for various events, the casino, the canteen and various conference rooms, whilst the buildings Q3 and Q4 house offices for more than 2000 employees. Warm light from inside When darkness falls, the atmosphere on the premises changes. There is a warm light shining from inside the buildings. Except for some neutral white accents in the outer area, the buildings are illuminated with warm white light. The light in the occupied offices and conference rooms changes the rough architecture into an inviting public place. Only the light lines, which redraw the shapes of the pools and the wooden bench, join the info cubes in setting accents in neutral white light. Well-established collaboration On the marketplace, Insta is not only known for its high-quality LED luminaires, but also primarily for its competent solutions for the succession of lighting challenges with which it is presented. This means that the light planner Licht Kunst Licht was able to work with Insta to implement the architects' visions successfully in this project, too. At some points on the premises work is still going on, e.g. in the "Silence Room" – although that is not a problem with a team which is used to working together. Size without fuss All details in this project seem to intermingle perfectly. A building project which fully reflects the elaborate overall conception, both regarding the importance for the region or the trend-setting use of energy. The long-life LED luminaires from Insta fit perfectly into this sustainable project. Thus, the central perspective is more than a design subject in architecture. It describes the position of ThyssenKrupp as a representative of the region far beyond the tradition of steel and coal.
The illumination of the granite benches with 450 metres of instalight 4010 in warm white and the illumination of the pier with 550 metres of LEDLUX linear LH underline the impressive size of the Marina Bay Promenade.
In darkness, the generously glazed structure of the Rohmühle in Bonn is illuminated with varying dynamic colours according to the season and event. This has been made possible by using LED technology from Insta. Installation was carried out with a total of 220 metres of stainless steel profile, supplied as a special fabrication in various lengths. The stainless-steel profiles contain interlinked Insta LEDTRIX lamps fitted with a profile glass cover with a grooved look. The system is controlled using the instalight DMX system and is integrated into the in-house KNX/EIB system by means of Insta gateway technology. Light scenes preprogrammed by Insta can be requested via the controller.
Adventure pier, Heiligenhafen Insta illuminates the adventure pier in Heiligenhafen. Path lighting, accentuation of the benches and illumination of the lounge underline the overall architectural concept. On the coastal strip between Flensburg, Kiel and Lübeck, you can find nature, relaxation and a great view over the sea. Tourism is an important business factor here. As such, it makes sense to invest in an attractive tourist environment. The 5 million Euro adventure pier at Steinwarder in Heiligenhafen soon became an attraction on the Baltic sea coast of Schleswig-Holstein. With a sun deck, bathing deck, children’s playground, glazed sea lounge and various seating areas, there is a corresponding adventure area for each target group on the 435 m long landmark, which is divided into three parts. The design and choice of material reflect the idea of client and architect – the closeness to nature and the sea. An individually-developed lighting concept provides the architectural highlight with another fascinating aspect. At dawn, the pier designed by the architectural office Seebauer Wefers begins to shine. instalight LEDLUX, recessed into the handrails, provide the basic lighting of the path, instalight 1060 line luminaires set accents on the steps, blue LEDLUX LH illuminate the seating elements, and basic lighting from instalight LEDLUX LS and instalight 3065 as accentuating spots, transform the lounge into a shining treasure trove, which seems to hover over the water.
Leicester Square, London After 17 months of work, one of the most well-known squares in London was reopened with a lively festival in the spring of 2012, after almost every stone was turned over, the square was completely replanted, seating areas renewed and lighting of the whole square was installed beneath the benches, using warm-white instalight LEDLUX LN. Leicester Square is to the east of Piccadilly Circus and north of Trafalgar Square. There is a pedestrian precinct around the park, with large cinemas, hotels and shops. In the park itself, there are statues of William Shakespeare, Charlie Chaplin, William Hogarth, John Hunter and Isaac Newton. The busy comings and goings can be observed best from the illuminated seats.
Franz-Haniel-Platz in Duisburg Temporary exhibition architecture in front of the founding house and former company headquarters - the current Haniel-Museum. An LED light line in the company colour green, as both safety lighting for the walkway and, symbolically, for the connecting between the different company areas and exhibition areas. The history of the company since 1945 is presented along the wooden walkway. 43 metres of LEDLUX LH from Insta, with 70 green high-power LEDs per metre, mounting in a stainless steel U profile, with an acrylic glass grooved reflector as a cover.
Insta illuminates Placa Disseny in Barcelona Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain, will soon see the opening of one of the most notable squares, Placa Disseny. The square is a component part of the new design institute "Disseny Hub Barcelona" (DHUB). The design of the square corresponds to the design disciplines integrated jointly for the first time here in this museum and laboratory. Placa Disseny is located in the centre of the city, right by the Placa de les Glòries Catalanes hub, next to the symbol of the city, the Torre Agbar (Arq. Jean Nouvel). The main attraction is surely the 2,200 square metre square with a total of 522 instalight 1060 floor installation luminaires from Insta. This central square is due to be officially opened in April of this year and made available to the public, e.g. for events such as the "Fashion Week". The idea The idea was to create a square combining the concepts of sound, colour, movement and interactivity. A total of 522 Insta LED ground installation luminaires were installed in a wave formation over an area of approx. 2,000 square metres. The luminaires are connected to sensors and microphones, distributed in the pergola and over the square, and are fastened in the shape of large trumpets. This means that the freely-accessible square is constantly changing colour - according to the ambient noise level or through direct input of sound. In addition, the installation has been integrated as a permanent feature of the appropriate, temporary exhibitions of the DHUB and into future events, such as light shows. The realisation Insta constructed the tried-and-trusted, fully-encapsulated, and thus extremely robust, instalight 1060 in an RGB special variant, with 6 pixels/18 channels. A total of approx. 10,000 channels are controlled via DMX from a distance of 100 metres. The Project In 2000, the city of Barcelona decided to construct a new institute for design (Centre de Disseny HUB Barcelona). This was based on the idea of creating a museum and laboratory, in which the four major areas of design (space, information, product and fashion) of this innovative, modern city could be brought together for the first time. It was to be a meeting place, both for networks and for institutions, in order to exchange information and experience. Overall, the site has an area of approx. 29000 square metres. The foundation stone was laid in 2009 and the project was completed at the end of 2012, with the planned opening in April 2013. The whole area is divided up into the museum, Placa Disseny, green spaces, water features and a library, as well as restaurants, cafés and bars.
The International Construction Exhibition IBA in Hamburg offers multiple exhibitions/projects to visitors, in the form of visiting areas. One of the exhibitions takes place on the site and in the information centre of the Energieberg Georgswerder, Hamburg, in Fiskalische Strasse. From March of this year, the presentation promises to offer new insights and new views. Insights into the past, present and future of the disused dump and the various types of renewable energy produced and used on site. In the outdoor area, there are fantastic views in every direction from the summit of the hill. It is completely encircled by the "Horizontweg". The Horizontweg is solely designed as a footpath and also contains bridge structures. There is balcony-like breastwork to both the left and right of the path. A handrail has been integrated on the outer side of the breastwork, in which the Insta LED luminaire LEDLUX linear was installed in the colour normal white (4000 K) over a length of approx. 900 metres. The emitted light illuminates the breastwork from the outside, acting like a continuous light surface, spreading out like a worm. Especially from a distance, it looks like a piece of light installation art. Using projected images, floor monitors, and themed displays, the exhibition presents the history and transformation of the area in a multimedia installation. The right light technology creates the atmosphere, and, through an impressive visual experience, the observer takes an impressive pictorial journey, of which the multimedia show "The Tamed Dragon" is also a part. For many years, household rubbish and toxic industrial waste were deposited on the former dump at Georgswerder. However, after the dump was closed in 1979, toxic substances escaped from the tip, including the Seveso dioxin - one of the biggest environmental scandals in Germany's history. The dump was permanently sealed and secured in a complex operation. Now, with the IBA Hamburg, the tip hill has become an important supplier of energy. Through wind and solar power alone, the Energieberg Georgswerder should be able to supply around 4,000 households with "green" electricity.
Insta illuminates the facade of the historic Kaufhof building on Königsallee, Düsseldorf One of the most well-known addresses in the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf, is Königsallee 1. Here, the main shopping streets cross over, drawing in countless local, regional and international visitors. After completion of the new facade of the car park, the restoration of the historic facade of the Olbrich-Bau has now also been completed. New, exciting facade illumination was implemented by Insta, together with Licht Kunst Licht AG (Bonn and Berlin). The well-known historic building, built between 1906 and 1909, was equipped with new LED facade luminaires from Insta. As part of complex cleaning work and comprehensive restoration of the natural stone facade, the facade illumination was also brought up to the state-of-the-art. The aim was to reveal the imposing, strongly profiled structural details of the historic facade, part of the reformist architecture of the beginning of the previous century and to draw attention to them according to their architectural style, in a noticeable but not overblown manner. The internationally renowned light planning office Licht Kunst Licht AG developed a light concept for this, which illuminates the facade in an extremely energy-efficient manner using LED luminaires from Insta. This new lighting system will illuminate more than double the area of facade but with a considerably lower power rating. In contrast to the previous yellow sodium vapour light, the new light quality used can show the different nuances in colour on the sandstone facade in a considerably more natural way. In addition, the previous facade lighting had very scattered light emission and wasted a great deal of the emitted light unused into the night sky. The new illumination concept of the light planners works only with LED luminaires, which, with their strongly targeted light, only illuminate the building facade, thus avoiding light pollution in the sky. This newly-planned illumination system thus meets the requirements of the internationally renowned "Dark Sky Association", who have shown great commitment to counteracting the still increasing brightening of the night sky through the use of artificial sources of light.
The dynamic light scenes of the skyline of Doha Insta Elektro GmbH successfully commissioned the largest ever lighting project in its company history in the Arabian emirate of Qatar at the end of 2011. A total of 3386 Insta LED luminaires are integrated into a dynamically controllable lighting system, with which the Doha Office Tower, designed by the architect Jean Nouvel and completed in 2010, is illuminated. The instalight 1050 luminaires are attached to the transitions between the facade, with its Moorish appearance, and the glass facade of the 231-metre high, cylindrical building behind. According to the plans of the French lighting artist Yann Kersalé, at night, the lighting ensures a similar shining effect to the aluminium facade during the day. The first contact with the client occurred at light+building 2010. This was followed by consultation, planning and project design. Finally, it was the product quality and technical lighting concept that convinced the Arab customers. Insta received the order to bring a total of 3362 units of the instalight 1050 luminaire, in a special amber/white version, as well as the corresponding UNIVERS control components, to Doha. 63 tonnes of material were sent to Qatar on three separate aircraft. The luminaires were first fitted by local engineers, after which two Insta engineers went to Qatar in November 2011 in order to support the final installation work and commission the system. Each luminaire can be controlled individually and can be maintained remotely from Lüdenscheid. Today, on the Doha skyline, there are plasma sequences between the colours white and amber, which turn the tower from silver to gold in dynamic sequences. New light scenes can be added to the system at any time from Lüdenscheid. During commissioning, not only the facade lighting shone, but also the face of the customer, as the project was not run of the mill for them either.
Lighthouse in Düsseldorf The Lighthouse in Düsseldorf is an office and administrative building in the Derendorf suburb of the city. Even when designing the architecture, the architect Thomas Pink of the Düsseldorf architects Petzinka Pink Architekten used light as a design element for branding. Thus, the slender LED light strips attached to the facade of the new building accentuate the architecture. Each of the 7 floors of the U-shaped building is highlighted, making the structure of the architecture visible, even in daylight. The luminous intensity of the light strips, light scenes and colour variations can be set individually. The automatic recall of preprogrammed light scenarios is controlled using calendar functions (dawn and dusk). Of course, besides the currently-used light compositions, new light scenes, e.g. for special events, can be programmed and made available by remote maintenance. The instalight 4010 light lines – a total of 1430 m – are equipped with 89145 LEDs in 4523 individually-controllable LED modules. 55 control units with 13569 control channels ensure that the transmission of the signals transmitted by the Insta control system UNIVERS can be transmitted to the entire installation at a speed of up to 1 Gbit/s. With its innovatively illuminated facade, the Lighthouse is a pioneer in the field of urban redevelopment in the north of Düsseldorf. A previously industrial area is undergoing a change to a district of offices and homes. Modern buildings for service companies are being integrated into the existing building landscape in stages. The Düsseldorf Lighthouse is a fine example of the vitality resulting from a successful combination of architecture and light.
Henne-Boulevard effectively highlighted with instalight 4010 At the end of 2013 in Meschede near Arnsberg, in addition to developing the Henne (lake/river) in harmony with nature, creating a new municipal park at the district hall and redesigning the Winziger Platz, the realisation of the Henne-Boulevard between Hennepark and the dam base of Hennedamm was completed. The wall you can see in the picture borders the Henne. It was effectively highlighted by the Insta outdoor luminaire instalight 4010 in refined steel optics and now impresses citizens and visitors of Meschede. The project was triggered by "wissenwasserwandel – eine Hochschulstadt am Fluss" within the framework of REGIONALE 2013, a structural development programme in which every three years one region in North-Rhine Westphalia is given the opportunity to support its structural development particularly by projects on the subjects innovation, generations and recreation. The Henne-Boulevard, a new link between the city of Meschede and the Hennesee, is the flagship and the connecting element of the project. Insta LED luminaires present the Henne-Boulevard 'in the right light' and thus make a contribution to the further development of Meschede as an attractive location for living, working and spending leisure time. Mayor Uli Hess hopes to "open up new perspectives for the people and the region" and would be pleased if with this project Meschede could make a contribution to the perspective further development of South Westphalia. The planning office Atelier Loidl, landscape architects from Berlin, were awarded the first prize in the competition "Ruhr-Promenade and Henne-Boulevard / Winziger Platz". The whole project amounts to an investment of 7.5 million Euros.
Typon footbridge, Bern At the beginning of March 2013 the new parts of the Typon footbridge in Burgdorf, Bern were supplied by a heavy-load truck. For reasons of flood protection, the town had decided to build a new bridge to avoid the town parts being cut off from each other in case of a flood. Modern light is provided by 86 hand rail inserts with instalight 4020 LH in colour warm white. The devastating floodings of 2005 and 2007 have shown very clearly that the drainage capacities of the river Emme are more than insufficient. For that reason, the city of Burgdorf proclaimed a project competition in 2009. During that competition architects had the possibility to submit a proposal for increasing the river’s drainage capacity. The winning project was the project “Primavera” by the landscape architect Westpol who cooperated with C+S Ingenieure and ACS Partner AG. On October 10, 2012 the ground-breaking ceremony took place. Since then, the river bed has been deepened by 60-80 cm on a stretch of about 2km, increasing thus the drainage capacity by 25%. As part of the project, the old Typon footbridge was torn off and rebuild in 2013 at the same place. The new footbridge is considerably higher and wider than the old one. As a result, future floodings of the footbridge will be avoided so that the town parts Gyrischachen, Lorraine and Einunger won’t be cut off from each other again. The modern illumination is provided by Insta Elektro, Lüdenscheid. Insta has supplied 86 luminaires of instalight 4020 LH in colour warm white. The luminaires, suitable for various applications, were installed in the handrails of the parapets. The indirect light of the il 4020 illuminates the footbridge creating thus an amazing atmosphere.
Handrailsystem in Motala, Sweden Although Sweden’s roads are considered to be well constructed, many projects for the reconstruction of roads and bridges are being realized at the moment. The last project was realized by the end of 2013; the reconstruction of two roundabouts (ø50m) along the Road 50 between the cities of Mjölby and Motala which are now illuminated by Insta’s LEDLUX LH. In 2009, the Swedish Road Administration established cooperation with Scandinavia’s biggest construction and property group NCC. Together, they planned the reconstruction of 27 bridges on a total stretching of about 2800m between the Swedish cities of Mjölby and Motala. Part of this project was, among others, the illumination of the new bridge parapets along two roundabouts that are situated on bridges. The new filigree parapets have been developed by Birstaverken AB, a company that is specialized in the development, production and installation of road rails and bridge parapets. For the light planning, Birsta has contacted the well-experienced light planners of Kungsbacka Lighting who have been representing the Insta in Sweden for years. As a result, Insta was instructed in 2013 with the delivery of 430m of LEDLUX LH light lines (connectable directly with 230V) in the color neutral white (4000K). These light lines have been installed in the hand rails of the new bridge parapets. Each roundabout was equipped with 78 luminaires. The light lines create both a modern decorative illumination and highlight the safety nets, integrated in the bays of the parapets, at the same time. Furthermore, the parapets, limiting the pedestrian and cycle road, were illuminated as well. The neutral white luminaires have been installed in a right angle to the road surface. Thus, an optimal light output with minimal dazzling for the pedestrians was achieved. In autumn 2013, the project was finished and inaugurated in a big event by the Swedish King.
Insta contributes to the creative lighting design of the "Arkaden-Die Holtenauer" in Kiel After the presentation of the Kiel lighting master plan in the state capital, the advertising association "Die Holtenauer (www.die-holtenauer.de)" commissioned the Studio DL office from Hildesheim to submit proposals to the merchants regarding the lighting design revaluation of Holtenauer Straße in Kiel, with special elaboration of the "arcades". The Kersig family that manages the 32 shops of the "Arkaden-Die Holtenauer" and the overall architecture belonging to the residential buildings via Kersig Immobilien (www.kersig-immo.de), received a lighting concept for the urban space of approx. 200m in length. The desire was to achieve an ongoing enhancement of the shopping possibilities of "Arkaden-Die Holtenauer" and to jointly present both sides of the street of the arcades with their glass roofs as an essential part of neighbourhood architecture. Despite the different architecture, the arcades on both sides of Holtenauer Straße have been marketed, developed and presented as a shopping location with high-quality specialist shops since 1988. The quality of the specialist shops and very high level of amenities of the public space designed in steel, glass, granite and lots of greenery, demonstrate that it is the best location in "der Holtenauer" and one of the most illustrious destinations for shopping and restaurants in Kiel. This was last confirmed in the Kiel retail concept of the experts Junker & Kruse from Dortmund. The new distinguishing lighting concept of the residential architecture is a logical step towards arousing "the desire for more" and increasing the local presence among evening shoppers, restaurant visitors and strollers. The local family business, Elektro Lübke, particularly Mr Bernd-Peter Lübke, emerged as the winner in the competition and was commissioned with the implementation. Mr Lübke supported the Kersig family and planners creatively with a high degree of technical expertise and local knowledge during the entire planning process and building phase. On both sides of the Kiel arcades (Holtenauer Straße) behind the shops are residential buildings belonging to the architecture. Here, LED lighting in RGB was used in all window recesses, i.e. color control that can immerse the windows completely in the desired, controllable colours. For this purpose, the LEDTRIX system from the Insta product portfolio was chosen. The illuminated window recesses on both sides of the street now form the common setting for presenting the shops of the arcade below. On both sides of the "Arkaden-Die Holtenauer" is the public pavement that the Kersig family covered with glass roofs and high-quality granite as flooring material in 1988 that serves as a feel-good recreation area of the shopping arcade with the numerous specialist shops. The curved west side of the arcades has a striking white glass roof/attic visible from the north and south and is therefore an important recognition factor. These were highlighted with a total of 200 m of LED lighting in white and matching lighting units for house numbers. The planning and implementation lasted from 2011 until mid 2014. According to visitors, businesspeople and residents, the enhancement of the shopping boulevard has proved to be a complete success.
The new transport hub at Essen-Steele Every day, around 20,000 people use the transport hub at Essen-Steele. Now, they can enjoy step-free embarkation and disembarkation for all their connections, in trams, buses and suburban railways. Besides direct access to the buses, lifts and modern toilet facilities, the optical highlight, the new spacious roof of the transport hub, characterises the customers' understanding of the concept of comfort. This roof consists of three partially overlapping roof areas. These were implemented with a kind of air cushion, which, when illuminated with Insta luminaires of the product range instalight 1065 with RGBW technology, produce a unique visual impression, not only during daylight. Now, this roof area, either controlled as a single entity or in single segments, can produce an ever-changing impressive experience. The newly-created light-permeable roof construction, with an area of approx. 3300 square metres, possesses an ETFE film (ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene). Besides the unique lighting experience, this also offers benefits such as low flammability, resistance to dirt, minimal cleaning work required and, as we can see, is very well lit. A total of 621 special design instalight 1065 spotlights from Insta Elektro GmbH in Lüdenscheid were mounted on the pipe construction of the roof. They are controlled via the Insta controller "instalight Control". The light installation was activated in an extremely environmentally-friendly and economical manner using a twilight sensor and, at night, set to a static white using a timer. This impressive lighting has made the modern architecture of the new transport hub a real urban asset in Essen-Steele.
Schlossplatz Varel The Schlossplatz (palace square) in Varel, near Bremen, has just been illuminated in a particularly impressive style. The official inauguration of the Schlossplatz took place on the 7.11.2014 during the Festival of Lights. The system was handed over to the citizens of the town with a small speech given by the mayor. Many citizens of Varel participated in this event and were delighted by this noticeably positive architectural modification of their Schlossplatz. In terms of lighting technology, the project commissioned by the town of Varel was supervised by the light planning office for municipal and architectural lighting, OC Lichtplanung, from Diepholz. For the luminaires, Insta from Lüdenscheid was on hand with the very latest LED technology Pate, namely with the proven luminaire series "instalight 3090 LX", which stands for RGB colour control and can generate any desired colour of light. These round LED installed light points are intended for various design arrangements on paths, squares, parks and gardens. Here, they were incorporated into the paving on the Schlossplatz. In addition to this is the "instalight 1060 LX", a similarly robust luminaire with the same quality features and installation options, but in line form. The colour of all Insta luminaires can be controlled using the Insta control system "instalight Control". Thus, in addition to the orientation and accentuation functions, coloured, colour changing and dynamic staging can be implemented. Furthermore, the project was provided with ground spotlights for illuminating objects out of the ground, which were implemented in collaboration between Lehner Werkmetall and Insta. The TERRAMO Q220 spotlights of Lehner Werkmetall are equipped with technology "powered by Insta" of the brand new "instalight 3050 RGB-W" spotlight series. The client of the whole project was the town of Varel, which wanted to design the square a more modern, beautiful and interesting manner for the citizens and merchants. It was to be created as a real eyecatcher for residents and visitors of the town of Varel under the aspect of energy efficiency by means of modern LED technology.
LED light waves bring North Sea over the dyke Since mid December of last year, Norden-Norddeich has enhanced a new attraction which will certainly be accompanied by a positive influence on tourism. 39 LED spotlights from Insta in Lüdenscheid illuminate the trees in the see spa garden at specific times. The light installation, which is particularly spectacular especially during the dark months of the year, illuminates rows of trees and reflects the swell of the North Sea. Depending on the swell of the North Sea or speed and direction of the wind, the colour and brightness of the light waves changes. The new LED lighting is part of the LED project Norden-Norddeich promoted by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (FMER). Inauguration of the light installation on 10 December 2014 For the light concept entitled "Light waves in sea spa garden" 39 LED spotlights were installed on the ground, which illuminate the trees in the see spa garden. Here, amongst the rows of trees, it is possible to see coloured light waves that change their colour and brightness depending on the swell of the North Sea or speed and direction of the wind. "We want to bring the North Sea over the dyke into the spa gardens in an artistic manner by representing the movements of the waves in LED light", explains Oliver Christen. "The control system uses the current wind data as an indicator for the wave heights of the sea. Thus, the wind influences the speed and direction of movement of the light waves as well as the intensity of the light colour." The light control is connected directly to a small wind measuring station for implementing the wind data. The LED spotlights – a special development based on the luminaire type instalight 3050 – can also represent other "lighting scenarios" for concerts or other events instead of light waves.
Light Art at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart With the new building of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, the opportunity to enhance the most important area of the Stuttgart city center through urban development was put to good use. Mikado-like, flush-mounted inground light lines from Insta in Lüdenscheid, Germany, were brought into the space above the exhibition hall of the art museum. The entire construction project was carried out by the Building Department of the state capitol Stuttgart and was realized between summer 2014 and February 2015. Historical development This area, referred to as the "Kleiner Schlossplatz", has been repeatedly replanned since the beginning of the '80s, when the traffic planning became completely outdated. The new building of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart greatly enhances the urban environment. The architects Hascher and Jehle, both born in Stuttgart, did not want to draft a glitzy or overpowering postmodern design for the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, but rather a composed, elegant structure distinctly anchored in our times. Among other features, this impulse gave rise to an entrance area before the museum, which lends the location an air of generosity. The LED-light solution. From Insta. With the inground light line instalight 1060. In the past, unfortunately the skylights (light bands) of the museum's exhibition hall were willfully destroyed by inline skaters. Because of this, now a new terrazzo surface covers the former light strip. 19 inground light strips consisting of 70 individual lights of Insta type instalight 1060 were attached flush with this terrazzo surface according to a Mikado-like design by light artist Andreas Schmid, who had already designed the ceiling illuminated with fluorescent lamps for the foyer of the art museum. Because individual widths and lengths needed to be realized, the inground light lines were customized specifically for this project by Insta. Insta is ideally situated for such special requirements and offers solutions to architects, planners and developers. The light is alive within these strip lights and moves between very warm white tones and the brightest daylight white in vibrant sequences, true to the motto "LIGHT ART in urban spaces". Everything is controlled by the Insta control system, "instalight Control".
Insta is a Partner of the ARGE German Pavilion In Milan, around 10,000 Expo visitors daily are reaching out their hand indirectly to Insta and thus to the Premium LED technology from Lüdenscheid. "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life", is the theme of this year's Expo in Milan. Germany is also presenting itself with an exceptionally attractive theme pavilion. The pavilion shows fresh, new and surprising ideas from our country for the nutrition of the future fully in keeping with the motto "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life". "Be active." Altogether, 20 million visitors are expected during the period from 1st May until 31st October 2015. Among these, 10,000 visitors daily are visiting the German pavilion at the Expo in Milan. Insta is a supplier for the many illuminated handrails of the staircases with lighting inserts of the type LEDLUX LS. These provide an excellent visual appearance and ensure safe climbing of the stairs with intensive, energy-efficient, high-quality white lighting. Maintenance-free and space-saving as the photos impressively show. One particularly popular feature is the landscape level that can be accessed at all times. A wooden deck with shady solar trees. The possibility of taking a stroll, stopping for a picnic with a picnic basket from the Picnic Shop or a visit to the German Sunset meeting place with a live DJ daily from 6pm are further particularly attractive offers. The daily changing Event and Culture stage show is also very well received by numerous visitors. Particularly after dark, these areas offer a pleasant, feel-good atmosphere thanks to their illumination.
Insta illuminates the "Himmelstreppe" in Meschede Within the framework of the Regionale program the Henneboulevard was created in Meschede. It runs through the city centre of Meschede, through the newly designed city park behind the communal centre right up to the foot of the Henne Dam. In May of this year, the extension of the boulevard, the so-called "Himmelstreppe", was completed with a viewing platform. From the foot of the dam, the "Himmelstreppe" with 328 steps ascends to the dam crest. On the dam crest, the stairway leads into a 140 sqm viewing platform. Insta, represented by TLV, Arnsberg illuminated the sign "Himmelstreppe" clearly visible on the photo with the instalight 1060 in LH design with 3000 K. In the handrail of the "Himmelstreppe" the tried and tested LEDLUX lighting inserts, also in LH design with 3000 K, were installed in the handrail profiles of the company REC Rostfrei, Schwabach, as well as on the new viewing platform.
Chic and stylish, in close proximity to the city centre of Saarlouis, LA MAISON hotel invites its guests to a rendezvous between tradition and modernity. The completely restored villa, with modern annexes and its own park, was attractively staged with LED lights outside as well as inside. The period of construction was from 2013 to 2015. The products used outside and in the park accentuate the building's exciting character. In the eye of the beholder, the modern addition that houses the city and park rooms seems to be floating above the ground. This impression is supported by lights from below, using the famous lights from the LEDLUX line. Here, the IP 64 degree of protection has been implemented. The desired and selected colour temperature is 3000 K. It also lends an appropriate ambiance to the view from the garden into the conservatory, home to the "Bib Gourmand", "PASTIS bistro" restaurant, featured in the 2016 GUIDE MICHELIN. The path from the hotel to the park is illuminated with the instalight 1060 floor line with an IP 68 degree of protection and a colour temperature of 3000 K. The technical planner Bush & Endres placed these luminaires in a way that accentuates the ground, so that the corten steel path guides along the side harmonise in a dynamic play with light with the other outdoor lighting. The entire system is controlled with instalight Control, a light control system from Insta, controlled with the KNS bus system. The entire control unit, as well as individual lighting scenarios requested by customers, are operable via a lighting control tableau with iPhone connection, installed by the A+F electrical company.
A total sales' area of 101,000 square metres and 224 shops make the Mall of Scandinavia one of the largest shopping centres in Scandinavia. Behind the project, which has cost 640 million Euros, is the French real estate giant Unibail-Rodamco from Paris, which is exploring many new avenues to maintain its competitive stance, with online trade amongst things. Thus, to bring in new customer groups, the Designer Gallery, amongst other things, was inaugurated - a separate area of the Mall of Scandinavia, in which small labels can present themselves in pop-up stores. However, the core of the retail complex is the 240 metre-long Flagship Mall, in which many major international fashion stores have branches in an eight metre-high double-storey facade. It's clear even at the entrance that, in the Mall of Scandinavia, the customer is entering a superlative shopping centre: The Stockholm light planners/light designers WSP Ljusdesign and ÅF Lighting have given the entire entrance area an impressive dynamic light installation. The planners have used 535 ground installation luminaires of the type instalight 1060 as well as 700 linear ceiling luminaires with LEDLUX technology in an aluminium profile. Whilst the ground luminaires illuminate the entrance area from the concrete floor, the equally long ceiling luminaires on the glass panelling, around eight metres up, offer an exact optical counterpart. We should also not forget the delicate yet robust design of the instalight 1060 ground installation luminaire which convinced those responsible to choose Insta as the supplier. All the luminaires were manufactured as a special version, which can be controlled in three subsegments in the light colours RGB and white. On the one hand, this allows high-resolution light animations, but, on the other, also requires synchronous activation of around 15,000 data channels. A DMX system was used to ensure this. Insta delivered the system, together with the necessary power supply units, to Stockholm in eleven prewired switchgear cabinets. The high level of pretermination, a standardised connector system and the automatic addressing behaviour of the luminaires meant that enormous time savings were possible during installation. During the entire project period, Insta guaranteed on-site support through the Swedish sales partner Kungsbacka Lighting. The thorough preparation and detailed project documentation meant that the installation and commissioning of the whole system could be carried out autonomously by the local electrical installation engineer. Thus, the entrance area had an extra-special shine right on time when the Mall of Scandinavia opened in November 2015.
The end of 2015 saw, as part of the third construction segment and the implementation of the Campus Nestlé, the completion of the new Competence Center at the central location, the Campusplatz on Lyoner Strasse in Frankfurt. The three-storey structure was given a spacious entrance hall. This provides access to a shop on the ground floor. The first floor contains a large exhibition area for the self-presentation of the Nestlé corporation. If necessary, the rooms can be divided and then used to stage workshops. The second floor contains rooms for conferences, with the appropriate ancillary rooms. The conference rooms are divided up using flexible office partition walls. Multiple installations with linear LED light inserts from the LEDLUX product portfolio are responsible for the impressive appearance of the building at night. The highlight is formed by two flat, shining glass swords, which are mounted orthogonally to the face as a design element around the second floor. The three metre-high glass elements are illuminated by light inserts of type LEDLUX LX RGBW linear. The compact LED lines, which are recessed in special aluminium retaining profiles, couple the light into the lower edge of the panes of glass, where it is forwarded homogeneously across the surface through special grid printing. In this way, the glass elements seem to illuminate themselves. Thanks to the RGBW equipment of the light inserts, both coloured and crystal-clear white light can be set. A connection to the KNX allows recall of the preprogrammed static or dynamic light scenes from the existing building systems technology. A second LEDLUX installation illuminates the exterior around the ground floor. Installed in the instalight 4010 facade system, light inserts of type LEDLUX LH linear form a continuous white light line. Thanks to the integrated power supply unit, the LEDLUX version used can be connected directly to the 230 Volt supply, meaning a minimum of installation and planning work. Finally, the entrance portal of the Nestlé Competence Center is illuminated with LEDLUX. A continuous light line on three sides was installed using a delicate aluminium profile. Equipped with LEDLUX LN linear, this installation is optimised to the requirements for orientation and ambient lighting.
"Siegen - Off to new shores" - that sounds like the start of a journey, with a whiff of daring and a future. This was just what the Siegen contribution to the "Südwestfalen Regionale 2013" was meant to mean. The large-scale construction project for the redesign of Siegen city centre has now been completed successfully. In the context of construction phase 6 of the major project, which ran over four years, the river bed of the River Sieg was renaturalised between mid-2014 and mid-2015. On the Brüder-Busch-Strasse side, the bank wall was reconstructed between the Siegbrücke and the Oberstadtbrücke. In addition, a staircase, now running down to the river, was created along a length of 100 metres. The instalight 1060 system was used for the effective illumination of the new bank path and the staircase. The design as a fully-encapsulated luminaire in a V4A stainless steel body means that this luminaire is ideal for use in areas near the riverbank. The installation conditions in this project also required the taking into account of low installation heights, a design edge, horizontal mounting, a special connection system to link all the integrated luminaires and a homogeneous light exit. Based on the instalight 1060, Insta developed a special luminaire with an installation duct constructed to fight the staircase exactly, so that the installation matches the bank and the course of the River Sieg. The luminaires and installation frames were delivered together with a ready for connection wiring concept, as well as all the required power supply units. This means that the installation work on-site could be reduced to a minimum, which, on account of the tight schedule of the major "Siegen - Off to new shores" project, was a decisive factor.
In Cologne, few structures are able to be as an impressive a landmark as the cathedral. The RheinEnergieSTADION has now achieved this status. New illumination of its four 72 metre-high pylons means that the sporting facility creates an impressive long-distance effect, which can be seen from a distance of up to 25 kilometres. Even in the planning phase of the new stadium, the responsible architects from gmp were planning the four high steel structures as shining towers. This idea was originally implemented with fluorescent lamps in a single light colour. Now, they have been replaced with efficient, colour-controllable LED technology. The operator not only saves energy at a brighter and more even illumination, but, instead of static white light, can also recall attractive, dynamic coloured light effects. If the pylons shine in red and white – the colours of the 1. FC Köln football club – then they get the fans in the mood on their way to the game. The joy of a goal being scored can be underlined with light choreography, but many other options are also available for concerts and other events. Nonetheless – the Kölner Sportstätten GmbH as the operator and their partner, RheinEnergie AG, agree – there should be no random coloured lighting. The aim is to produce restrained effects to match the appropriate event. Whilst implementing the lighting, Insta and TRILUX worked together. TRILUX supplied the complete LED lighting technology to light up the stands. The compact, intense spotlights flood the undersides of the stands with saturated red light, thus creating the foundation for the pylons, which can be seen from away. Their lighting, including control technology, programming and LED light lines, comes from Insta: On the four internal sides of the steel masts, which are covered with Plexiglas, there are 16 individual LED lines of type LEDLUX LX attached in linear form over the entire height, or which eight lines are equipped with RGB LEDs and eight with white ones. The modules, which can be controlled in grids of 32 centimetres, are positioned in such a way that the internal technology core of the pylons is illuminated. In this way, the towers can be continually illuminated with brilliant daylight white to a height of 72 metres, but also with any coloured light. This high resolution allows graphical patterns and fine colour sequences. To ensure secure, delay-free transmission of the over 32,000 control channels, the pylons are interconnected with fibre optic cables. The light control is operated centrally using an Insta touchpanel. Different light scenes are preprogrammed here for recall. As a special effect, the "Gooaallll" sequence can be recalled by the stadium announcer using a buzzer. Then, the four pylons show for surrounding 25 kilometres in all directions: 1. FC Köln have just scored!
There's no point in looking for light poles on the new Lippe Bridge in Lünen. Nonetheless, the structure, which opened in the spring of 2016, shines in a brilliant white at night. The 44 metre-long river crossing is intended to add value to the bridges of the town centre, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists, and create an attractive viewpoint. The town of Lünen is placing even more emphasis on the artistically impressive architecture of the structure. For this reason, during the planning phase, there were also clear lighting requirements: Besides the required standardised illuminance on the traffic routes, the lighting technology employed should also guarantee an aesthetic night-time appearance of the architecture. By contrast, during the day, all the lighting must recede discreetly into the background, giving space to the architecture. Insta has met this challenge using the instalight 4020 handrail system: A total of 42 metres of the robust LED light insert is integrated almost invisibly into the handrails of the bridge. When it gets dark, they provide a pleasant light distribution on the traffic routes and accentuated strip light on the rail elements. By contrast, during the day, the lighting is not seen at all thanks to the flush installation in the handrail groove. The basic lighting is supplemented through targeted accent light, which gives the benches mounted in the middle of the bridge a floating character. The LED light line system LEDLUX LH linear is responsible for this effect. The integrated power supply units mean that the compact modules can be supplied directly with 230 V. This saves not only time and effort during the installation but also reduces the necessary installation space to a minimum. The central arch of the bridge, which, with a rise of 4.35 metres over the road, is the supporting element of the river crossing, can be seen from a long way off. In darkness, the 60 centimetre-thick steel round pipe of the arch is illuminated by instalight 3065 LED spots. Just four of these compact spots with their extremely tight radiation are sufficient to maintain the long-distance effect of the bridge at night. Besides a high level of energy-efficiency and the ultra-compact design, the LED technology employed on the Lippe Bridge can offer yet another benefit: With a colour temperature of 3000 Kelvin and a high colour reproduction index of >90, the LEDs create a pleasantly warm light. In turn, this offers the users of the bridge a high level of visual comfort and a feeling of safety, which could not be achieved to this level with standard lighting.
The Saarpolygon on the Duhamel mining heap in Ensdorf is a symbol for the profound change in the region. Already from a distance of several kilometres the large-scale walk-on sculpture by the Berlin-based architects Katja Pfeiffer and Oliver Sachse is clearly visible. The impressive landmark at the same time is a sightseeing tower with a panoramic view into the surrounding Saar valley. At darkness, a total of 200 metre LED light inserts of the LEDLUX LH linear type trace the fascinating architecture giving an especially filigree effect. Thus, the optical effect of the landmark remains overwhelming also at night. The LED light inserts were placed according to the requirements of the light planner Raul Hesse from the Berlin-based planning office Lichtvision. With his lighting concept based on the Insta LED solution Hesse succeeds to model the sculpture with an extraordinary plasticity at night. At day the luminaires are almost invisible. Once more the LEDLUX linear LH system could demonstrate its advantages due to the integrated power supply units: The direct connection of the filigree modules to the 230 V mains voltage allowed a fast and easy installation and keeps the openly designed sculpture optically free from obstructing supply boxes.
As part of the urban planning restructuring of the Steinmüller-Areal, an 18 ha piece of industrial wasteland, for the "Regionale 2010" regional plan, a new central bus station (ZOB) was created in Gummersbach at the end of 2015. Thus, Gummersbach now has a long-desired, attractive portal into the town. Its architectural character is defined by a golden roof, designed by pape+pape architekten in Kassel. Prof Stefan Homann of Lichtwerke GmbH in Cologne was responsible for the appearance of the structure at night. Amongst other things, in his concept, the light planner has used LED light components from Insta. During planning work, the old, ageing railway station building was removed and the central bus station moved onto its site. For the new location, situated right next to the railway tracks, pape+pape architekten planned a 130 m-long and 10 to 25 m-wide roof, which, through its choice of shape and material, created a suitable and attractive portal into the town for those arriving from the south. It is made of a polygonally-folded body - formally developed from the broken structure of the rocks in the surrounding area and also following the slight curve in the railway tracks. The underside of the polygonal roof figure seems to shine in a golden light, created by panelling made of aluminium-bronze shingles. This effect is also reinforced by the colour and delicacy of the plinth construction, which consists solely of exposed concrete coloured anthracite. The supports carrying the roof come out from the plinth and are arranged at an incline, producing an unusually slender effect. The plinth figure is interrupted exactly at the point at which the structure changes direction due to a staircase in the extension of the subway. In addition, a ramp which runs in parallel behind the plinth structure connected the subway level to the street level. The functional building next to staircase, containing the service centre with mobility centre, kiosk, waiting room and WC facilities, is located in the centre of the whole bus station site. A fine structure like the Gummersbach Bus Station should also be set in scene with special lighting. Thus, the planners at Lichtwerke GmbH in Cologne focused their draft fully on the architecture, without neglecting standards and specifications, which are a bit more complex with structures like stations, as safety has top priority. Prof Stefan Hofmann divides his concept into functional and emotional lighting, which must brought in harmony. The hallmark of the structure is the illumination of the golden roof, which not only highlights the architecture but also provides the necessary, even basic lighting. Two parallel, weatherproof LED light strips of the type LEDLUX H linear, which shine diffusely, are responsible for this along the whole length. These are recessed in the middle axis above the vertical panes and can be operated directly with 230 V through the integrated power supply unit. With the particularly warm-white light at 2700 K, the LED light strips emphasise the effect of the surface ideally, creating additional indirect illumination with a light intensity of around 100 lx. This is also supplemented by downlights, recessed in the roof and also emitting warm-white light, which envelop the bus stop area with impressive light in a noticeably small light cone. The effect: The light strips create a shining, almost embedding environment, in which the light hotspots create a certain amount of drama. In addition, the impression is created that the light on the underside of the roof comes from the powerful light of the spotlights, as the light strips in the centre axis are arranged at such a height, that it is not possible to see from where the light actually comes. "Light rather than luminaires" is how Stefan Hofmann terms it - and it's how Gummersbach Bus Station has become a shining building in the new centre of the town.
From the management, throughout the programming and up to the installation: All the lighting solutions and performance for this Düsseldorf project were supplied by Insta. The job at hand: Once the alterations on the building’s facade were completed, the impact panes – which are not just for there for protection against the weather – were to be lit and enhanced by means of a sophisticated background lighting. Each single light at the back can almost be controlled in real time. Insta catered for a particular highlight in which two special versions of the LEDLUX RGB and LEDLUX TW were enthroned in a fully encapsulated stainless-steel casing. At night, fascinating scenes run across the facade, created by dynamic colour displays which emit from the lighted elements. For instance, the Japanese flag sporadically appears or the building lights up in red and white to show Düsseldorf’s city colours. This is particularly a special feature because normally Düsseldorf only allows for pure white.
The interior lighting within the three areas are there to reflect G DATA’s leading role – and of course harmonise with the multi-functional interior. This task was solved by Insta and the designated planning office by an open-designed and widely ramified grid of direct and indirect lighting where individual cells were interlinked with one another. The distinctive lighting in the foyer – a graceful and futuristic accentuated light comb form on the ceiling (LEDLUX RGBW ) and radiant light beams on the floor (1060) function as a visual statement and also gives visitors at the same time a clear ground-breaking key feature. The cafeteria which speaks the same language, comes across as being cosy and at the same time, hovers like a spaceship. In the event hall, cubic exterior luminaires can be separately dimmed and adjusted in colour temperature to provide for the necessary accent. The whole system works on the principle of Human Centric Lighting (HCL) and supports the natural human circadian rhythms. The control system allows for four scenarios: daylight, two dynamic party scenes as well as working light for cleaning and general service tasks.
A range of features was to improve the lighting and road safety conditions on the Immermannstrasse: innovative street lighting, highlighting the sycamore trees using floor spotlights and new footpath lighting.
Our instalight 1060 tunable white recessed floor luminaires were positioned on Immermannplatz to create an effect reminiscent of origami. This light installation is switched on using instalight control, meaning a raft of static and moving scenes turn on automatically.
We saved the best until last: the site owner himself was won over by the sturdiness of the Insta recessed floor luminaires where beforehand there had been problems with lighting installations in the vandalism-ridden area around the train station.
Originally, the thermal power plant II’s 200-metre-high tower had served as a support for three flue gas tubes. As the plant was taken out of operation at the end of 2012, there was the threat that the flue pipes would lose their stability due to an increasing state of corrosion. Therefore, in a complex process during the period between 2016 and 2018, the three enormous steel cylinders were dismantled. The supporting frame was to be kept as a memorial and at the same time was to be fitted out with a new lighting installation. Right from the start, the challenge for the lighting architect Peter Brdenk from Essen, was quite clear. As a memorial, the tower had to shine exactly as it did before, once the work had been completed. Unfortunately, along with the three large flue pipes, a large reflection surface which had been used for purposes of illumination also had to be dismantled. But Peter Brdenk was able to compensate for this through the skilful placement of different types of lighting fixtures. At nightfall, the combination of façade floodlights and direct emitting lightlines lend the delicate steel construction the desired plasticity.
Apart from all the fixtures which were used for the installation of this elaborate lighting, Insta also supplied the complete control system. Approximately 4,500 metres of cable are responsible for supplying the lights with power and control signals. Fitted with a central DMX-control system, this allows, that not only the brightness but also the colour can be set for the entire facility. The reason for this is that all the installed lights have an RGB-colour mix at their disposal. This means that on special occasions, Duisburg’s Stadtwerke Tower can be made to shine in an entirely different light when required. Most of the time though, the Duisburg landmark shines in its well-known bright green – as required by the Office for Historic Monuments.
For the exterior lighting of this remarkable building, Insta had in 2005 provided for LED rows in different lengths and colours as well as the appropriate lighting management system. The project took up operation as of 2006 and 10 years later on, there followed an update. Old
plans, data files – everything had been archived, so that it was no problem to further maintain the older installations and to upgrade the then technology with new power supplies, control units and LEDs.
For this project, the entire 26 vertical metres of RGB were converted to RGBW along with new lighting scenes. For the remaining part of the facade’s illumination, single malfunctions were rectified with new light lines and new lengths were tailored to the former ones. The various colour channels of the new LEDs were installed on-site so as to visually match with the older LEDs and ensure for a fully integrated and harmonious illumination. This exceptional illumination certainly enhances the character of the “Dietrich-Oppenberg-Haus” at night.
The atmospheric lighting on the pedestrian bridge and the 17th century Tallinn Gate ensure for those romantic moments in the evenings. Visitors who take a stroll across the bridge are expertly guided by our LEDLUX LH which is integrated into a slightly curved handrail. The blue version of the same lights is to be found on the underside of the bridge, artfully accentuating its structure and design. In the background, you will see the historically significant town gates with their exceptional stucco work, illuminated by instalight 4010. The concept deftly combines three separate light lines with three different looks to create a perfectly coherent lighting effect throughout Pärnu.