| Volksbank Freiburg |
Light, that connects
Central and highly visible even in the dark: Anyone stepping out of Freiburg’s main railway station looks at the newly designed Volksbank area and sees a building complex whose façade is effectively underlined by accentuated lighting design. This lighting concept is continued in the interiors. The building complex comprises 43,000 sqm of gross floor area; space enough for the cooperative financial services provider Volksbank Freiburg, foundations of the Archdiocese of Freiburg, St. Ursula’s Grammar School and the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, among others.
The lamella structure of the façades abstractly reflects the idea of trees and thus takes up the theme of the Black Forest. The anodised aluminium profiles are invisibly anchored to the exterior structure. Extra profiles were drawn to integrate ADO Lights light lines in the pilaster strips. The vertical effect described above is complemented by horizontal light lines in the entrance area of the hotel.
On the façade alone, almost 1000 linear metres of these dimmable light strips illuminate the building complex.
In an intelligent way, the light lines are also used again and again in the interior: in the Volksbank counter hall, they decorate the ceiling as a luminous barcode, and in the area of the ATMs they ensure uniform illumination of the terminals through vertical arrangement. In the staircase of the hotel, sculptural hints of tree trunks are subtly staged.
In the interior design, it was possible to limit the number of colours and materials despite completely different concepts of use. This kind of harmony is also reflected in the permanently installes interior lighting, limited to a few products, also from ADO Lights. The uniform illuminance and quality is ensured by the LED Gallery: elegant yet unobtrusive downlights installed in the ceilings as strips of three, six or twelve. LED Aurora spotlights provide even more light at selected points.
Users can experience the LED Linargo in different versions. This rectangular luminaire is suitable for different scenarios and purposes because it can be recessed into the ceiling, as in the auditorium of the grammar school, or spreads just in the right amount of brightness as a discreet, glare-free pendant luminaire, for example above the reception desk and counters. In a curved version as a wreath, it was realised as a modern concept of a halo for the chapel of the grammar school.
What light and the right amount of creativity can achieve together is demonstrated once again in Freiburg by the collaboration between a·g Licht, Hadi Teherani Architects and ADO Lights – as was the case, incidentally, with the spectacular-looking crane buildings in Cologne.
At th Volksbank’s request, the architect has carefully interpreted the company’s logo in a contemporary way. The new shape is more stylised, also with light lines. Thus, not only the vertically installed lights on the outer wall, but also the 4.25×3.5 metre logo give the Volksbank building ensemble an unmistakable, innovative look that can be seen from afar.
Architect: Hadi Teherani Architects, Hamburg
Light planner: a·g Licht, Cologne
Images: Jochen Stüber