SCHLAICH BERGERMANN PARTNER CREATES A SEAMLESS INTEGRATION OF LIGHTING, ARCHITECTURE AND STRUCTURES
Luminaries of the lighting profession gathered at the elegant Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia, PA USA on 22 May to honor the winners of the 36th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards. Twentythree projects from 12 countries were on display—including exteriors, interiors, workspaces, museums, hospitality sites and a place of worship. This year’s winners represent some of the most innovative and inspiring architectural lighting design work found anywhere in the world.
The design of A Family of Bridges for the Town of Riedlingen in Riedlingen, Germany with lighting design by schlaich bergermann partner, took home an IALD Award of Excellence.
What began as an effort at flood protection for the historic town of Riedlingen, Germany turned into a forward-thinking collaboration between city planners, engineers and the team of lighting designers at schlaich bergermann partner.
A family of bridges now offers three entry points to the town, each showcasing a triumphant combination of landscaping and lighting design that emphasizes rather than detracts from the natural features and landscape that Riedlingen’s citizens hold dear.
The three bridges act as an ensemble with the lighting design reflecting this family hierarchy. Judges commented that the design was “cohesive” and “integrated.”
The smallest bridge, the Spitalsteg footbridge, arcs across the canal, a modern element that stands out in the northern part of town. Paths surrounding the site of the bridge are bathed in a sodium yellow light at night, but the warm-white of the luminaires acts as a charming balance.
Reflections of the bridge and the ambient lighting layer on top of one another on the balusters offering crossers an opportunity to view a gorgeous blend of color that subtly shifts throughout the day.
Inselbrücke, the larger pedestrian bridge utilizes a similar attention to reflection and superimposition. Reflections appear trilaterally on the grating to enhance the design and the cords that form the supporting structure of the bridge.
This bridge’s lighting scheme focuses on balance, featuring multiple sources of light that create a comforting, modest glow for pedestrians. From within the bridge, the vertical guardrail with the exclusion of the upper interspaces is barely illuminated, but from a distance one can see the separate LED line light integrated below each top cord.
By directing light in this way, the designers encourage people to stroll and observe the town around them and the natural scenery, illuminated by both natural and artificial light. Wall and floor spotlights throughout offer a gentle orientation for citizens as well as indicating areas of interest.
The largest bridge, the road bridge Hochwasserkanalbrücke, curves into town with a distinctive arch. Custom LED luminaires made of acrylic and steel were mounted to flow with the curvature of the arch, providing one continuous band of light in addition to background lighting.
The design both reemphasizes the structure itself and offers functional illumination. During the day the LEDs are a discrete accent to the overall bridge, a striking feature in the daylight and in the darkness.
The design by schlaich bergermann partner demonstrates an attention to the overall needs of a collaborative project highlighting the natural scenery and the modern advancements represented by the family.
of bridges. With a scheme that increases in intensity and height as traffic increases, the lights mirror the ebb and flow of life in a growing and thriving town.
A Family of Bridges for the Town of Riedlingen
schlaich bergermann partner
schlaich bergermann partner
Lighting Design Consultant
Lichttechnik Martin Klingler
City of Riedlingen
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