Exhibition pavilion Birkenmeier Stein
Exhibition pavilion BIRKENMEIER STEIN + DESIGN, BREISACH
The new pavilion in the large landscape show of the Breisacher Birkenmeier Stein + Design GmbH creates space for exhibitions, training courses, events and presentations. The demands on the light were correspondingly high: it should be changeable, with the perfect light for every situation and at the same time easy to operate. In this case, we proved to be the ideal partner with over 20 years of experience in both the event industry and architectural lighting. With a lighting solution tailored to the architecture, which can be individually controlled for a wide range of events, the way is now clear to use the venue as a marketing instrument. An absolutely unique highlight: the 20-meter wide outdoor staircase, whose steps are illuminated amazingly.
"It's all about the square," is how Gerhard Geibel, our managing director and in this case the lighting designer, formulates the basic idea: the contours of the roof edges are repeated three times inwards. LED strips in the two squarely arranged light lines inside the pavilion are designed in tunable white – a new technology that generates the most natural light possible by controlling the color temperature of the LED through various factors such as time of day or ambient light. Besides, the LEDs are video-capable and can be controlled individually, allowing (color) gradients and shapes to be created. The idea of combining architectural lighting with the various features of individual and emotional lighting control from professional lighting and video technology shows the clear signature of PLANLIGHT GmbH.
Permanently installed lighting for every situation
Conductor tracks run parallel between the light lines with spotlights that – individually adjustable – illuminate exhibits. Basic lighting is generated by square Q1 and Q2 luminaires by Zumtobel; the supporting columns are illuminated in dynamic colors by batten luminaires concealed in the façade sections. All luminaires can be individually controlled via a control system specially adapted to Birkenmeier Stein + Design. The user interface is intuitive so that employees can easily set own lighting moods – whether via the touchpad or simple switches that can be operated in a self-explanatory manner. The great benefit of no longer having to rent and install additional luminaires for every event convinced the client of the professional lighting design – the return on investment is not only thought of through energy-efficient luminaires but also through multifunctional use.
Extraordinary lighting solution for the staircase we are really proud of: Lateral spots in unique quality provide for luminous steps.
Highlight in the outdoor area is the staircase leading down to the pond. The special challenge here: the 20-metre-wide steps were to be illuminated as evenly as possible using luminaires from the side walls. Using spots with an extremely narrow beam angle of 1.5°, the light now flashes from both sides to the middle of each step. This is a hitherto unknown possibility to illuminate stairs as clearly as possible without having to intervene structurally in the steps. The spotlights were deliberately designed in a cool white light color (5500K) to clearly distinguish the staircase area from the common areas such as the forecourt and pavilion, which are equipped with 3000K, and the LED RGB lighting in the pond and under the footbridge. By the way, the footbridge seems to float on colored light, as it is underlit with LED light bands. The interplay of light in different light colors and from different directions in the pavilion, on the forecourt and the surrounding parts of the building offers an exciting moment that skillfully sets the architecture and the entire ensemble in the scene.
The professional lighting effectively supports the quality of the sophisticated ideas for exterior design by Birkenmeier Stein + Design: the lighting makes the new pavilion a place that is always flooded with light and exerts a lasting fascination on the many visitors.
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Architect: AWS Harter Architekten, Breisach am Rhein
Light lines: LIKU light and art, Nimburg / Kaiserstuhl
Executing company: Elektro Geppert, Breisach
About Birkenmeier Stein + Design
As an expert partner for upmarket outdoor design, the manufacturer Birkenmeier Stein + Design has been active on the market since 1949. Originally a pure production company, Birkenmeier Stein + Design is today present with a concrete factory, business and administration building, warehouse and its own exhibition park at the Niederrimsingen location near Breisach/Rhine. In addition to terrace slabs and paving stones, steps, walls, steles and large format slabs made of stone or concrete are also offered.