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Flexibility in existing buildings – ERCO lighting solutions for restaurants

When the steam boiler factory on the Steinmüller site in Gummersbach closed, only “Halle 32” remained intact and is now used as an event centre with restaurant. The primary concern of the architect in converting the industrial building was to maintain its character. Today, original rough brickwork, concrete and quarry stones are evidence of numerous extension and structural alteration works, the crane runway and the roof construction underlining the former charm of the twelve metre high hall.

The lighting concept accentuates special features of the industrial architecture and allows for different usage scenarios. By design, there are no decorative luminaires above the tables; instead, directional luminaires from the Optec range were mounted in-between the acoustic elementsn the ceiling. Creating an evocative ambience while illuminating the seating areas, the luminaires are just as suited for use at events. Optec satis-ies the different lighting requirements with interchangeable Spherolit lenses and diverse light distributions. In narrow spot version, the luminaires can be aligned precisely to illuminate the tables even from a great height, providing glare-free visual comfort. Optec spotlights mounted on track and fitted to steel girders under the ceiling bring out the different fabrics of the building through uniform wallwashing and striking grazing light, thereby enhancing their three-dimensionality. The imposing steel girders on the ground floor are illuminated effectively using Beamer projectors, which correspond optimally with the industrial character of the structural elements. Sophisticated in every detail, the lighting concept uses LED technology to ensure low energy consumption despite exceptional luminous efficacy.

Project data
Project: Halle 32 in Gummersbach
Client: Entwicklungsgesellschaft Gummersbach mbH
Architect: Heinrich Böll Architekten
Light: Lichtwerke GmbH, Cologne
Opening: July 2013
Products: Optec spotlights, Beamer projectors
Photos: Thomas Mayer, Neuss

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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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