THE WORLD’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS GO TO LICHT KUNST LICHT AG

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During the last week we had occasion to fetch so many stars from the sky, that in spite of all due modesty and thankfulness the superlative calls for a display:

Launched for the first time in this year, the German Lighting Design Award 2011 was given to our office for the Maki office building on the Novartis Campus Basel in the category Office and Administration and – beyond all other decorations - the nomination in five of ten categories contributed to awarding us Lighting Designer of the Year. A distinction that underlines the enormous dedication and professional competence of our office.

During the Lightfair in Philadelphia, USA we received the prestigious GE Edison Award of Excellence for the ThyssenKrupp Quarter in Essen, which among two other awarded projects in this league was honored as "best of the best" with the GE Edison Award 2011. It is the second year in a row that we obtained this highest decoration, which makes this success even more precious.

Two days later the IALD (International Association of Lighting Designers), the world federation of the lighting field, honored the interactive lighting design of the Telekom Bridge in Bonn with the IALD Radiance Award 2011. Thus, the project has been elected to be in the vanguard of the world's best projects.

Citing their original statements below, I shall leave it to the competition jurors to give an explanation for their choice. I would be pleased if we were able to capture you with the following project pictures, as well.

Many thanks to my coworkers at LICHT KUNST LICHT for their creative energy in making more out of each project than our already elevated standards compel us to do.

In particular I would like to thank the architects and clients for whom we had occasion to realize our design visions. We are well aware that this is not self-evident and we are very grateful for that.


Andreas Schulz

 

 

 


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TELEKOM BRIDGE, Bonn

Awards:
IALD Radiance Award 2011
IALD Award of Excellence

Architects:
Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, Stuttgart


Not only does this bridge change lighting effects when it senses humans encountering it, but it also hits the mark in messaging from its telecommunication sponsor – connections, luminous pathways, speed and creativity." „The designers have skillfully applied their efforts at making a showpiece that engages the public and is technically successful."

 

 

 


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THYSSENKRUPP QUARTER, Essen

Awards:
GE Edison Award 2010
GE Edison Award of Excellence

Architects:
JSWD Architekten, Köln / Chaix & Morel et Associés atelier de architecture, Paris


And thus commented the jurors on the project:: The corporate offices of ThyssenKrupp feature modern architecture brought to life by a progressive lighting plan. "This is an amazing, large project with a stunning, harmonious and elegant result, beautiful inside and out. This is an exquisite manifestation of engineering expressed in building form, materials and lighting...the details and integrations are exceptional."

 

 

 


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K20 KUNSTSAMMLUNG NRW, Düsseldorf

Award:
GE Edison Award of Merit

Architects:
Dissing + Weitling architecture, Kopenhagen


Project description: The K20 Art Museum in Dusseldorf is home to one of Germany‘s most notable contemporary art collections. The lighting solution for the new expansion integrates the architecture and lighting throughout the old and new buildings, seamlessly fusing daylight and electric light with the structural elements and other mechanical functions.”

 

 

 


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NOVARTIS CAMPUS   -   MAKI OFFICE BUILDING, Basel

Award:
Der Deutsche Lichtdesign-Preis 2011
Award winner office and administration buildings

Architects:
Maki and Associates, Tokio / Zwimpfer Partner Architekten, Basel/Zurich


Project description: The concept of transparency and spatial flow was the main idea of Maki & Associates for the new office building on the Novartis Campus in Basel. To stress the open and flowing character of the space, the main lighting objective was to indirectly highlight the ceiling surfaces and to illuminate the building whilst retaining the ceiling untouched. Specially designed luminaires for the open offices spaces have been designed to achieve the target of a softly lit ceiling.

 

 

 


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ANDREAS SCHULZ

LICHT KUNST LICHT AG, Bonn / Berlin

Award:
Der Deutsche Lichtdesign-Preis 2011
Lighting designer of the year


„For a few years now lighting design has been comprehended as an integral part of architectural planning. The profession is beginning to assert itself. What lacks in promoting the perception of lighting in architecture is highlighting the exceptional, an award.

The German Lighting Design Award ensures this very improvement of perception. An annual prize for outstanding lighting design in architecture will emphasize the meaning of lighting design in the building trade."