The ultimate shopping center: in the heart of downtown Essen, an urban shopping center was built with an area of approximately 70,000 sqm. Kardorff Ingenieure designed the illumination of the facade with reflective, hemispherical, sequin-like LED specifically designed for this purpose. By day when the sun is shining, the mirror surfaces glisten, and by night, colorful dynamic light scenes appear on the 15,000 sqm large facade.
In October 2009, one of the largest German shopping centers was opened on Limbecker Platz in Essen. Occupying an area of 70,000 m2, three levels offer retail shopping along with cafés and restaurants.
The colorful bright dots are grouped closely together at the entrances off the Limbecker Platz and in the outward swing of the horizontal line of the facade. They clearly direct the visitors to the mall entrance.
The design of the 15,500 m2 facade is inspired by the idea of a piece of swirling and sparkling sequined fabric. Like the hem of a dress, the shimmering silver skin of the aluminum panels set with LED light sources falls over the glassed-in lower level of the new building.
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The main theme of a shimmering evening gown leads to a lighting concept consisting of mirrored and backlit hemispheres that are strewn across the curved facade. Almost 600 of these so-called LED “bubbles” of partially mirrored acrylic glass were installed in a random fashion.
The control system was visualized as part of the facade. The programming script encompasses all 600 bubbles with their two separate RGB LED rings.
Kardorff Ingenieure Lichtplanung