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Licht Kunst Licht AG win 2009 GE Edison Award

12 May 11.00 BST

(USA) - Andreas Schulz and Alexander Rotsch of Licht Kunst Licht AG have been announced winners of the 2009 GE Edison Award.

The duo received the award, presented at a special ceremony in Las Vegas on May 11 this year, for their work lighting EnBW City in Stuttgart, Germany.

Client EnBW is the third largest supplier of power, gas and water in Germany, so energy is a key theme throughout their new headquarters complex, 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 centre 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 3000 K 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® 3500 K 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.

The ceremony also honoured several other projects with Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit as well as commendations for residential and environmental design.


1100 First Street NE in Washington, D.C., USA

George Sexton Associates, Washington, D.C., USA
The lobby for a new mid-rise office tower in the North of Massachusetts Avenue (NoMA) district of Washington, DC was collaboratively developed to exploit light presented as a series of luminous boxes within a glassy modernist field. Lightboxes and a luminous reception desk orient visitors and differentiate the interior spaces.
Emil Schumacher Museum in Hagen, Germany

Licht Kunst Licht AG, Bonn, Germany
Created by Lindemann Architects from Mannheim, a refined glass volume connects the old building with the new construction of the Emil Schumacher Museum. A concrete core forms the heart of the building that contains two large exhibition spaces. The lighting concept for the museum establishes a connecting element for all exhibition areas. A luminous ceiling system provides a sleek and homogeneous response to the various room layouts.

Novartis Campus, Basel Maki Office Building, Basel, Switzerland

Licht Kunst Licht AG, Bonn, Germany
The primary design concept for the new office building on the Novartis campus was transparency and spatial flow. A continuous flexible office space features ceilings sloped at different angles and office floors interlinked by double-height spaces. To stress the open and flowing character, the main lighting objective was to internally illuminate the building by indirectly highlighting the ceiling surfaces. Specially designed luminaires for the open office areas provide a softly uplit space.
MUAC University Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico City, Mexico

Lighteam, Gustavo Avilés, S.C., Mexico City, Mexico
The MUAC University Museum of Contemporary Art is the newest and most modern art museum in México City, representing masterful architectural design revealed through a careful composition of advanced daylighting and electric lighting systems.   Flexibility, architectural integration and elegance come together in the daytime and nighttime images of this lighting design.


Poplar Creek Public Library, Streamwood, Illinois, USA
PE, LC, LEED® AP Aurora Lighting Design, Inc. Grayslake, Illinois, USA
The new Poplar Creek Library renovation not only doubles the original facility size, but also transforms its 1966 brutalist- inspired architecture into a fluid celebra- tion of form, color and light. Energy-efficient technologies along with non-traditional library lighting design solutions work in harmony with the architecture to create areas of high energy, organized study and contemplative respite.
The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Suzanne Powadiuk Design, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Designed by architects Maki and Associates in Tokyo, along with Moriyama and Teshima in Toronto, The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat is a formal and symbolically representational building for the Aga Khan and the non-denomina- tional, philanthropic and developmental agencies that constitute the Aga Khan Development Network. The lighting design expresses the transformative nature of light from day to night through an exploration of layered materials, their textures, transparencies and opacities.
Goucher College Athenaeum, Towson, Maryland, USA

George Sexton Associates, Washington, DC, USA
Conceived as a 24/7 locus for study, discussions, research, entertainment and refreshment, the Goucher College Athenaeum serves as the heart of the campus. Comprised of a high-tech library, the building also brings together classrooms, a café, an art gallery, a radio station, a community service center, meeting rooms, and a forum space.
Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Houston, Texas, USA

Lighting Design Alliance, Long Beach, California, USA
Located in the heart of downtown Houston, the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart has a substantial architectural presence. Utilizing GE’s HIRTM halogen technology, the designers were able to bring the lighting design into compli- ance with Houston’s energy code without sacrificing aesthetics or functionality.


Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design Inc, New York, New York, USA
The Connecticut Science Center is the focal point of a new development along the Connecticut River. The creative lighting of the project’s centerpiece, Science Alley, with its illuminated “magic carpet” ceiling, helps link the city to the river and is a metaphor for the building as a beacon of scientific exploration.
Focal Point Headquarters, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Focal Point, Chicago, Illinois, USA
This Chicago-based lighting manufacturer had outgrown its existing office space and was looking to expand to an existing 1950’s warehouse adjacent to its current manufacturing facility. The project transformed 35,000 square feet of the warehouse into a LEED® Gold certified office headquarters, product showplace, sales tool and training environment. One of the major challenges was to use as many of the manufac- turer’s lighting products as possible with seamless integration into the architectural design.
Tualatin Public Library, Tualatin, Oregon, USA
KEYLIGHT + SHADOW, LLC Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA / SRG Partnership, Portland, Oregon, USA
Tualatin, a city of approximately 26,000 people, is proud of its new public library, the one building that serves all age groups. The building shape presented many lighting design challenges because of its 4x4 rectilinear ceiling, radial floor design and limited budget. The project uses daylighting wherever possible, and includes occupancy sensors for small spaces, timers for local tasks, time clocks for large open areas and photocells for daylit areas.


Oceanfront Estate, The Caribbean
Sean O’Connor Lighting, Beverly Hills, California, USA
The owners of this Caribbean estate, which is comprised of seven buildings on three acres, wanted to create a relaxed, sophisticated and easy-to- operate vacation retreat for themselves and their guests. The multitude of spaces and the variety of finishes chosen by the project’s architects and interior designers played a dominant role in the selection and integration of the lighting. Attention to detail at every level was paramount to the lighting design’s success and necessitated that virtually all lighting fixtures, both architec- tural and decorative, be completely custom designed, requiring close coordination with manufacturers and contractors.


Unexpected Discovery, Aspen, Colorado, USA
Witte | Ayotte light, Carbondale, Colorado, USA
The lighting design for this 7,500 square foot concrete Aspen home balances the load on the environment, tight budgets, concrete construction, passion for light and the architectural experience.

Virtual Restoration of San Agustin’s Church, Zacatecas, Zacatecas, México
333 Luxes, Mérida, Yucatán, México / GA Illuminación, Mérida, Yucatán, México / Proluxon Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The ancient church of San Agustin, once an important building in Zacatecas, had been forgotten and abandoned for nearly a century. Valuable pieces of the architecture were lost, as was the architectural splendor. Today, the church is home to many cultural events, and the Mexican government is making efforts to bring back the original beauty of the church for the 100th anniversary of México’s independence and the 200th anniversary of its revolution.


EnBW City in Stuttgart, Germany

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