The ‘An der Alten Försterei’ stadium is located in the neighbourhood of Köpenick to the south-east of Berlin, and has been home to 1. FC Union Berlin since its inauguration in 1920. With a current capacity of 22,012 spectators (as of 2019), it is the largest purpose-built football stadium in the capital. 1. FC Union Berlin made it to the first tier of the Bundesliga for the first time in its history in the 2018/2019 season. After the entire grandstand was fitted with conventional RIDI luminaires, the stadium built on its good cooperative relationship with the company in 2019 and decided to equip the ‘Schlosserei’ event area with modern LED lighting. The premises offer space for up to 1,000 guests across an area of 1,300 m2 and provide direct access to the VIP stand. An efficient lighting concept that allowed for the premises to be set to different lighting moods was requested. The sleek RIDI LINIA-FLAT continuous lighting system in combination with spotlights from the TANGO series was the solution supplied to this end. The spotlights are integrated in the lighting track modules of the continuous lighting system and set eye-catching accents. The system is dimmable and features RGB colour control alongside white channels, which facilitates an impressive lighting set-up. The buffet areas are illuminated using the LUPO LED spotlight. Square recessed luminaires from the EBRE series, whose opal acrylic panels were decorated with the club’s logo on request, are used in the press area.
Beutelsbacher Halle in Weinstadt is a popular venue that hosts a wide array of sport and recreational activities and fits up to 1,000 people when used as a festival hall. A sleek, functional LED solution that could be used both as is and as a pendant luminaire mounted to the ceiling was needed to light the multi-functional hall. The ball-resistant luminaire ROBUST met these mechanical and technical requirements. These sleek luminaires look great on the slat ceiling of the 45 m long hall, and constitute an optimal and efficient lighting solution.
The lighting system of the Carl-Benz-Halle in Marxzell was recently refurbished. The original luminaires from the 80s with power-hungry conventional lamps and ballasts made way for an efficient LED solution with considerable potential for energy-savings. Ball-resistant RIDI ESHL-L sports hall luminaires with parabolic mirror louvres were selected for the sports and multi-purpose hall. The integrated LED linear circuit boards were produced in the Jungingen factory and subjected to stringent quality control. In the glass roof area of the foyer, HPL LED high bay reflector luminaires are suspended from long wire pendants. With transparent reflectors and silver luminaire housing, they integrate harmoniously in the steel and glass design. The climate protection initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety provided a subsidy of 25% of the capital cost under the municipal policy for the renewal of interior and hall illumination. Qualifying for this subsidy requires energy savings of at least 50%.
The Old University Stadium in Karlsruhe is a listed heritage building on the South Campus of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Under the grandstand, there is a sports hall with ogival tapered ceiling arches, lending an almost sacral character to the space. The room is a striking composition of exposed white concrete, red brick walls and a light wooden floor. The new lighting system does justice to this special hall: IHLS-L LED sports hall luminaires with opal discs and RBGW control ensure that the room can also be used to set a scene for festive occasions and celebrations. Everything is possible, from cool, neutral or warm tones of white to colourful light scenes.
The recent refurbishment of the iconic grandstand at Lords, the home of Cricket, was all about reinstating the original features from this 70's design as well as fully refurbishing the bar and restaurant. The key feature is the long corridor which runs the length of the stand. Over the years this had been covered up with exposed services so the architects vision was to restore the original concrete coffered structure and actually accentuate this detail. The problem was lighting the space without covering the ceiling. In the end a special H-Profil system was designed using asymmetric modules from RIDI LINIA-FLAT to light the corridor and a slightly cambered asymmetric module to throw light across the coffers. This system was mounted alongside a services channel on one side of the corridor to provide a highly effective but discrete solution. Other areas of note were the restaurant where Aoca light pipes were suspended below the glazing to give a dramatic effect at night. These were supplemented on the other side with L-Tubes mounted in the pelmet to up light the coffers. Finally the bar area was lit with Blade luminaires which combined with acoustic blades to also act as louvres to suppress the daylight coming in. EDLR downlighters were also used to supplement light into other areas.
The Hackney Marshes Centre is a contemporary building in London just a stone’s throw from the Olympic Park. Located right next to a popular local sports stadium used for training by some of the country’s premier sports men and women, the Centre is a popular venue for conferences weddings and civil ceremony receptions. With its facade made of concrete and weathered steel, its exposed concrete interior and minimalist architecture, the Hackney Marshes Centre is a RIBA award winning building. In keeping with the minimalist design, RIDI equipped part of the building with the surface-mounted luminaire VENICE, which blends seamlessly into the raw architectural concept and complements the clarity of the structure.
The Founders Sports complex is the original sports facility for the University of Bath and dates back to the 1970‘s. As newer more modern facilities were built, this facility became more of a marginal building. In order to update the facility and enhance the iconic timber beamed structure, LINIA-FLAT with it‘s narrow beam optics was seen as a solution to provide discrete lighting from high level while gently lighting the side walls of the large gluelam beams. The design also provided a low maintenance, low energy lighting scheme to replace the existing SON discharge uplighting. The refurbishment also involved squash courts and circulation areas.
The town of Breitnau is located closed to Lake Titisee in the Black Forest. This popular holiday destination has 1,950 inhabitants. The existing Spa Centre which was technically outdated and lacked sufficient space had to give way to a new culture and sports hall offering capacity for up to 430 people with a useful area of 410 square metres. During the construction, particular importance was attached to energy efficiency to comply with the Breitnau district’s ambitious environmental policy. The hall is fitted with ballproof SHL luminaires with dimmable electronic ballasts and DALI interfaces for integration in the DALI light control system. The luminaire housings were painted in a RAL shade specified by the customer to ensure seamless integration in to the building’s interior architecture.