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Axel Vervoordt created atmospherically dark exhibition spaces on the site of an historic distillery just outside Antwerp. He now displays high-calibre art within the confines of former granaries and silos - and optimally illuminated with appropriately efficient and flexible LED lighting tools from ERCO.
Over the past two decades, the renowned Belgian art collector and gallery owner Axel Vervoordt has gradually acquired the site of a former distillery on the picturesque Albert Canal, located between Liège and Antwerp. He converted the industrial heritage site to create spectacular spaces for art in addition to new offices and apartments. Exhibitions change four times a year in the gallery rooms which were built in the former granaries and silos. These house paintings and drawings, photography and media art as well as sculptures in various formats. ERCO LED lighting tools provide maximum flexibility and efficiency in the rooms of the Axel Vervoordt Gallery: with a minimal number of luminaires, disparate works of art are illuminated with maximum impact and pinpoint precision.
The Spherolit lenses of the installed Parscan and Pollux spotlights can be exchanged without tools so that the lighting can be simply adapted to the new spatial situation and various exhibits. exhibition organisers can convert luminaires from narrow beam spotlights to wide beam floodlights for example. Asymmetric light distributions such as oval flood and wallwash are also possible, enabling the light beam to be optimally matched to the paintings and sculptures on display. Projection of the light via lenses achieves high-lumen accents even with low wattages. With LED modules of 6 and 12 watts respectively, Pollux and Parscan also feature compact luminaire dimensions. The spotlights have a highly discreet appearance in the atmospherically dark rooms of the converted industrial buildings and the viewer's attention is focused solely on the light and the works of art.
Project: Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Wijnegem / Belgium
Client: Axel Vervoordt Company
Architecture: Axel Vervoordt r.e., Bogdan & Van Broeck, Coussée & Goris, Stéphane Beel, Tatsuro Miki
Photography: Thomas Mayer, Neuss / Germany
Products: Parscan, Pollux
Photo credits: © ERCO GmbH, www.erco.com, Photography: Thomas Mayer
The ERCO Light Factory in Lüdenscheid is a leading international specialist in architectural lighting using LED technology. The family business, founded in 1934, now operates as a global player with over 60 subsidiaries, branches and agencies in over 40 countries worldwide. Since 2015 ERCO's portfolio has been 100% LED. Inspired by "light digital" as its leitmotif, ERCO in Lüdenscheid develops, designs and produces digital luminaires with focus on photometrics, electronics and design. Working closely with architects, lighting designers and engineers, ERCO develops lighting tools used primarily for applications in the following fields: Work, Shop, Culture, Community, Hospitality, Living, Public and Contemplation. ERCO understands digital light as the fourth dimension of architecture - providing highly precise and efficient lighting solutions to support creative designers in turning their visions into reality.
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