The 1830-built Sayner Hütte Iron Factory where the lighting design was planned by German ‘Licht Kunst Licht’, consisting of the characteristic architectural elements of the Industrial Revolution, is illuminated by a new generation of LEDs.
The Sayner Hütte Iron Factory was built as an “iron cathedral” along the River of Rhine in 1830 and later became one of the characteristic architects of the Industrial Revolution. Today, It is used as a cultural center hosting local communities in the regions including the borders of Germany’s southeast state “Rhineland-Palatinate”, France, Belgium and Luxemburg. The lighting design of the old iron factory remembers the purpose of using the iron factory on the date of the building. The automation of the LED lighting offers a choice of up to 16 million colors, allowing the transition between warm and cool colors. In order to protect the landmark status, the mounting details have been worked diligently in the project. In addition, where and how to mount each product according to the project are specified in details.
The new lighting seeks to emphasize the “lightness and transparency” of the glass and iron structure, which is arranged in a basilica-like layout, with a central core of paired columns that support two main horizontal steel members and the roof’s metal truss system and red clay tiles.
The lighting is designed to be flexible so that it can accommodate the variety of events that take place within. Furthermore, in order to emphasize the length and architectural details of the building, lighting was positioned on the steel elements and on the supporting columns in the horizontal plane.
In the lighting design, 3000K color temperature was preferred for interior lighting and 4000K color temperature for column lighting. Thus, a contrast difference was created between the building elements. The back wall, is illuminated by a series of floor-recessed RGB linear wallwashers. The central aisle and clay roof tiles are uplight to intensify their red color. The ceilings for the side aisles receive a gentle wash of light from the inter-reflection supplied by the downlighting.
Project: Sayn Iron Works Foundry, Bendorf, Germany
Lighting Designers: Licht Kunst Licht, Bonn, Germany
Designers: Johannes Roloff, Stephanie Jochem, Andreas Schulz
Photo: Johannes Roloff and Thomas Naethe
Project Size: 47,899 square feet
Lighting Investment: $174,176
Watts/Square Foot: 0.4