A city reunited light and shadows
From east to west, the city fluctuates between light and shadows.
Berlin wants to combine the romantic lighting, which contributed significantly to the reputation of its night life, with modern concepts of performance and sustainable development.
Berlin was divided for many decades. This division is still visible today in the city’s differentiated lighting. In the west of the city, neighbourhoods have maintained traditional gas lampposts with their pleasant warm light. To the east, luminaires similar to those used in the rest of former East Germany have been installed. Both types of lighting are technologically outdated and can no longer be justified on an ecological level, because of their very high energy consumption.
Director of Urban Development
Berlin Senate Secretary of State
Monbijou Park extends over 7 acres in the heart of Berlin – formerly part of East Berlin – next to Museum Island, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1999, that houses several of the most prestigious museums in Europe. This green setting, where Berliners congregate on sunny days, was the subject of a new lighting project.
Monbijou Park, nature surrounded by space dedicated to culture. The City of Berlin selected the MODULLUM luminaire for its discreet integration and photometric flexibility.
The MODULLUM luminaire is available in several sizes and offers a multitude of photometric combinations that can be adapted to any type of application. A single lighting column, equipped with 1 to 4 modules, can light roads, squares, or even facades.
What was needed was a lighting design that integrated discretely with an area rich in art and culture.
What were the characeristics for lighting this site, Monbijou Park?
Monbijou Park is in the heart of the city. It is near the Spree River and Museum Island. Consequently, this park is very popular with inhabitants and tourists. In addition, this large 7-acre green space also houses a large open-air swimming pool and theatre. Our lighting project had to take these factors into account. What was needed was a lighting design that integrated discretely with an area rich in art and culture, thus excluding luminaires with a design that might be too blunt, or luminaires with contemporary shapes, or those evoking historical memories. The lighting solution also needed to play a role in the creation of atmosphere.
What were the photometric requirements?
Given the high number of visitors to the site, the lighting by night had to be permanent and focused on the park’s pathways. With its system of stackable optical modules, the ModulLum made it possible to obtain good photometric results with no need to multiply the number of lighting points. This flexible system also made it possible to use a single luminaire design regardless of the environment to be lit. The ModulLum’s highly directional flux control also met another requirement: to limit glare for the many boats that sail on the Spree River.
How did your lighting solution convince the city of berlin?
Our solution included two major aspects: flexibility and discretion, exactly what was being asked for. In addition, even though the city was in fact tempted to use luminaires with a more historic character in Monbijou Park, it particularly appreciated the lighting scheme of another prestigious square in Berlin that used the same ModulLum luminaires, Bebelplatz. This project demonstrated the discreet and efficient character of these luminaires and offered an example of perfect integration with the site’s historic environment.
The ModulLum transformed Bebelplatz in Berlin into a striking visual environment. Home to several historic monuments, including St. Hedwigs Cathedral, the Opera House and the “book burnings” memorial, Bebelplatz is a listed German heritage site and welcomes visitors all year long.
The renovated square required a lighting concept that integrates the different lighting needs in one fixture. The ModulLum with its 360° column and 4 modules was the ideal solution. While one module illuminates the building façades, the others light the paths.
This illumination frames the borders of the square, preserving a sense of space and forming a continuous area filled with light. The square grounds are not lit up, thereby highlighting the lighting effect coming from the “book burnings” memorial. Tourists and residents can now fully appreciate the architecture of the buildings by day and night.