Licht Kunst Licht is an international lighting design studio with offices in Bonn, Berlin, Bangalore and the LKL Design Hub in Barcelona. With an enormous portfolio comprising over 1,000 completed projects, many have received the most prestigious honors and awards. Licht Kunst Licht is considered one of the most successful specialists in lighting design globally.

In addition to the planning and design of artificial light, the team also includes specialists dedicated to daylight and product design.

Licht Kunst Licht boasts over 800 book and magazine publications and a collection of five personally published books documenting their extensive field of activity.


It’s all about the right philosophy –
Any lighting solution starts out with a vision

Light is a very special medium. Unlike any other it can be used to materialize the spatial qualities of architecture.

We understand light as an integral part of the architecture while the effect of lighting is more important than the design of the lighting fixture. This is why we always try to realize our projects with the fewest possible elements and put the focus on the overall project atmosphere.

We have our own department for the design and technical execution of customized luminaires adapting to specific site requirements, which need a great emphasis on details, design and execution. The combination of functionality, energy efficiency, aesthetics and architecturally integrated light guidance is always the ultimate ambition in our design process.

We are always fully committed to the architecture and the architect’s design intentions. We strive to develop an appropriate lighting concept in matching the functional and design aspects of the architecture and to implement this concept as an integral element in close collaboration with the architect and other consultants.

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How do we work?

Close collaboration with the project team plays a vital role throughout our entire design and planning process. Workshops, meetings and presentations are essential parts of each project stage. We develop the lighting brief with the client and the design team. Together, we explore the potentials of lighting for the project to derive creative, unique and innovative solutions.
The conceptual ideas are transferred into technical implementations including suggestions for luminaires, lighting systems and controls. Along the way, we use lighting tests and mock-ups to verify our planning, discuss possible alternatives and optimize the lighting effects. We produce drawings in form of hand sketches or visualizations, specifications and details and receive internal support by our specialists from 2D drafting or 3D BIM design. We provide support throughout the construction process both on-site and remotely. Finally, we assist in programming and focusing the lighting system and offer guidance to the maintenance and management teams.



Definition of interface

Consideration of requirements

Development of ideas

Mood boards

Holistic concept

Lighting sketches

Cost estimate



Preliminary spec sheets

Lighting plans in CAD

Detail sketches

Internal lighting calcs

Cost calculation

First mock-ups

Design report



Final spec sheets

Detailed lighting plans in CAD

Lighting detail

Lighting calculations

Continued cost calculation

Design of lighting scenes




Site visits for quality control of construction execution

Final focusing of luminaires

Assistance in programming

Setting of lighting scenes


We always strive to create concepts that find a balance between the architectural aesthetics, the users’ needs and the building budget. This aim goes along and is based on our understanding of sustainable solutions by reflecting our impact on the environment, economy and society. Sustainability is an ongoing process leading to both design challenges and resulting in every-day learnings and improvements.

As the building sector has the biggest influence on the ecological footprint, our projects are the most effective resource we have as lighting designers to bring about change.

Therefore, we have created seven pillars of sustainability for LKL, which represent our commitment for meaningful and functional lighting design with a maximized positive effect for the ecological, economic and social environment.


Improve daylighting

Encourage architectural intervention, evaluate daylighting intake along with the selection of materials and finishes, reduce glare and improve energy efficiency. Always considering natural light as a preference over artificial light.


Shape sustainable lighting experiences

Create adaptive, flexible, timeless lighting solutions. Design functional spaces for flexible use, improve the space’s lifespan and lifetime of the lighting elements. Be open for new technologies. Make sure that luminaires can be maintained easily by having access to repair mechanisms, refurbishment and upgrades.


Use codes intelligently

Know the stipulations and codes – choose and adapt to the specific goals of the project. Engage in regulatory committees and affairs to improve standards.


Specify luminaires wisely

Focus on high-quality and efficient lighting products and consider options to reuse or refurbish fixtures. Strive to specify fixtures with locally sourced, up-cycled or recycled material including packaging. Use products that can be repaired.


Produce high-quality design

Focus on “human centered” lighting designs, which are individual and specific for every project. A thorough user need analysis is important to create a solution meeting the technical and aesthetical criteria while considering the ecological impact.


Use intelligent lighting control

Make lighting controls easy to use and encourage clients to create energy-saving lighting scenes. Adapt light levels and default turned off luminaires for a minimum number of hours per day/night. Spark fun in energy saving and provide darkness, too – dare to dim and turn lights off.


Avoid light pollution

Unintended spill light and light pollution is harming our environment, wildlife habitats, and our quality of life. Be aware of the steps and tools to prevent light pollution from a design perspective: use warmer light colors, dim the light, reduce operating hours and shield the fixture. Consider omitting facade lighting and illuminate buildings from the inside in a dark environment.


How do we collaborate?

We are constantly working together with various clients, (interior) architects, landscape designers, project managers and many other specialists in the building and construction sector. For us, constructive communication on all levels is the key to successful collaborations and efficient project realizations.


We‘re constantly working together with various clients, (interior) architects, project managers and many other specialist planners in the building and construction sector. Thank you for all the successful collaborations!

Arcadis Germany GmbH
Atelier Brückner GmbH
Ateliers Adeline Rispal
Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Auswärtiges Amt
B+P baurealisation ag
BMP Baumanagement GmbH
BVG Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe
Barkow Leibinger Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH
Blocher partners
Buchart Horn Inc.
Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung
Collignon Architektur und Design GmbH
DU Diederichs Projektmanagement AG & Co. KG
David Chipperfield Architects
Deutsche Telekom AG
Diener & Diener Architekten
Dombauhütte/ Metropolitankapitel der Hohen Domkirche Köln
Drees & Sommer SE
Ernst & Young Real Estate GmbH
Erzbistum Köln Generalvikariat
Foster + Partners
Fraport AG
GALERIA Karstadt Kaufhof GmbH
GMP International GmbH
Gewers & Pudewill GmbH
H&H Development LLC
Henning Larsen
Herzog & de Meuron
Hilmer Sattler Architekten Ahlers Albrecht
Hitzler Ingenieur e.K.
Ilg santer architekten
Jim Clemes Associates
John Pawson Ltd
KVB Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe AG Nord-Süd-Stadtbahn
KVL Bauconsult GmbH
Kahlfeldt Architekten
KfW Bankengruppe
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC
Landesbetrieb Vermögen und Bau Baden-Württemberg
Léonwohlhage Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH
MOL Group
Maki and Associates
Marcel Wanders studio
Marco Serra Architekt
Max Dudler GmbH
Messe Frankfurt GmbH
NRW.URBAN Service GmbH
Novartis Pharma AG
OMA The Office for Metropolitan Architecture
Ortner & Ortner Baukunst Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH
Parkland Commercial Properties Co. Ltd.
Red Bull Deutschland GmbH
Reichwald Schultz & Partner
SGI Immobilien Entwicklung und Verwaltung GmbH
SIGNA Holding GmbH
SMV Bauprojektsteuerung Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH
Sauerbruch Hutton
Schultes Frank Architekten PartmbB
Schüßler-Plan GmbH
Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt
Staab Architekten GmbH
Staatliches Bauamt München 1
Staatliches Baumanagement Hannover Fachbereich Ingenieurbau
Stadtwerke Bonn
Stiftung Kunstsammlung NRW
Stiftung Zollverein Kunst- und Kulturmanagement
Strelka KB
Studio Gang
Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie
Swiss Re Group
Tadao Ando Architect & Associates
The KaDeWe Group GmbH
ThyssenKrupp Real Estate GmbH
Vermögen und Bau BW Amt Stuttgart
Ville de Luxembourg
WITTE Projektmanagement GmbH
Westfälische Provinzial Versicherung AG