Frankfurt am Main, DE
This well-honed, bespoke light fitting - milled from a solid block of aluminium - will shortly illuminate Villa S, a cast in-situ concrete house, currently being built near Heidelberg in South West Germany.
The luminaire will sit discreetly within the building's elemental configuration, both inside and outside the dwelling. Existed fittings were researched but no one lamp was able to provide both interior and exterior coverage, work within the tectonics of the scheme, and deliver the necessary ascetic appearance. A tailored made unit was therefore required. After factoring in the relevant parameters, the dimensions were finalised at 12cmx12cmx12cm.
In addition to its size, and in accordance with the aesthetics of the architecture, the lamp's housing body is detailed to sit perfectly flush when recessed. There is no external mounting or casing, just a 5mm aluminium rim as an interface between the concrete and the design's outer covering.
12 x 12 x 12 comprises a grid configuration of 49 1W LEDs mounted on a platina plate, a highly polished stainless steel reflector, and a specially satinized plexiglass cover. These three elements combine to provide a low energy, high performance light fitting that delivers an even spread of emitted light.
Location: Heidelberg, DE
Additional Credits: All images courtesy of Ian Shaw Architekten BDA RIBA. Photography by Felix Krumbholz.