Stuttgart, Germany project wins GE Edison Award

The 2009 GE Edison Award was presented to Andreas Schulz and Alexander Rotsch of Licht Kunst Licht AG (Bonn, Germany) for lighting EnBW City in Stuttgart, Germany.

The 2009 GE Edison Award was presented to Andreas Schulz and Alexander Rotsch of Licht Kunst Licht AG (Bonn, Germany) for lighting EnBW City, Stuttgart, Germany. A personalized Steuben crystal award for the 27th-annual lighting design competition was presented by GE Lighting on May 11, 2010 in Las Vegas. The GE Edison Award competition is open to those lighting professionals who creatively employ significant use of GE light sources (lamps and/or LEDs) in a lighting design project completed during the previous calendar year.
   Light is energy, and energy is the business of EnBW, the third largest supplier of power, gas, and water in Germany. Energy is made tangible throughout their new headquarters complex, the EnBW City, designed by architect Lars Klatte from the firm RKW Rhode Kellermann Wawrowsky.
   Inside the entry hall, a luminous cloud of polished aluminum wire and innumerable xenon light points defines the visual center of the space. Complemented by two water feature walls, it forms a narrative approach to the theme of energy. The mirrored surfaces of the glass and water enhance the brilliance of the space.
   Full glazing allows plenty of daylight into the entry hall. Grouped in sets of four, downlights with GE 70-watt ConstantColor CMH T6 3000K ceramic-metal-halide lamps are attached to the roof structure and provide light and shadow. The concept of strongly directional light is continued in the waiting area. Reflected light from floor surfaces brightens ceilings and the underside of the connecting bridge. GE T5 Starcoat Ecolux 3500K fluorescent lamps, mounted in the stair stringers, provide a functional layer of light while accentuating the shape of the stairway.
   An additional Forum building houses meeting rooms and a staff cafeteria, arranged around a four-story atrium. To emphasize the height of the space, tight rows of GE 35-watt CMH T6 ceramic-metal-halide lamps, housed within an in-ground trough, graze monolithic service ducts. A string of downlights at the roof structure crowns the lighting effect and continues the strong directional lighting theme established in the entry hall and waiting area.
   The lighting design exemplifies architectural integration and more than meets strict European regulations for power consumption.
   Visit www.GEEdisonAward.com to view all of the 2009 GE Edison Awards winners in more detail and to find information related to the 2010 GE Edison Awards.—Gary L. Parr