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.
Existed fittings were researched but found wanting; nothing was able to meet the project’s exacting requirements. These were threefold: firstly, the lamp would need to provide both interior and exterior coverage; secondly, it would need to work within the tectonics of the scheme; and finally, it would have to deliver the necessary ascetic appearance. This ascetic lamp is the result, its dimensions being 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 luminaire'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.