Effect lighting

Renovated façade with effect lighting

Refreshingly designed with colour and light

The town hall of the city of Neubrandenburg, in the form of a prefabricated slab building from 1966, was to undergo energy refurbishment from 2019 - both inside and out. On the outside, the facade, which is visible from afar, was to be given an attractive colour scheme. Energy-efficient LED effect lighting for events, e.g. as Christmas illumination, was not to be missed.

Today, the town hall of the four-gate city of Neubrandenburg is a listed building as a characteristic "GDR panel building" and is therefore a protected monument.

The project:

The client is the city of Neubrandenburg in the beautiful district of Mecklenburgische Seenplatte. The technical façade planning was in the hands of an architectural firm from Rostock: MHB ARCHITEKTEN + INGENIEURE GmbH. Concepts for the energetic refurbishment as well as for the new outward effect were developed.

To counteract the monotony of the ostalgic-looking high-rise building, colour came into play and lighting elements for the windows on the west side were planned, not across the entire front, but in segments.

Solutions for the lighting were sought together with HANSELICHT from Lüneburg. A product was quickly found: the HANSEN mini profile type 940 with white LEDs in 3000 Kelvin was sampled and found to be good.

A controller for intelligent dimming was also planned. This means that the light can be dynamically controlled at any time later to create certain lighting moods, and energy costs can also be reduced. This convinced everyone involved in the planning and the HANSEN products were included in the tender for the building project.

The implementation:

In the subsequent public tender, the company S+T FASSADEN from Tessin near Rostock was awarded the contract as a specialist in the field of roofs, windows and innovative façade design. S+T FASSADEN is one of the few specialised companies for the entire outer skin of façades. The contract covered the renovation of the entire façade as well as the implementation of the lighting in the western part of the building.

For the façade cladding, S+T FASSADEN was responsible for the works planning, structural calculations were made and material samples were also prepared. A substructure was to be placed on the old building and the façade was to be insulated. The façade cladding itself is made of multi-coloured aluminium composite panels, and the window connections and reveals were also carried out by S+T FASSADEN.

In terms of lighting, there were already clear specifications from the façade planner: a total of 500 metres of LED light profiles were planned, which were to be installed in the windows as eye-catchers.

Neubrandenburg Town Hall is visible from afar: the eight-storey high-rise opposite the old town.

The execution:

In the summer of 2021, things became concrete: 250 mini profiles á 2,300 mm with corresponding connection cables were ordered from HANSEN. Individually prefabricated and delivered on time - that's what HANSEN stands for.

The edging profiles for the window reveals designed by S+T FASSADEN were custom-made to fit the mini profile and so, with the support of HANSELICHT, the lighting could be installed and put into operation.

Especially at dusk, it becomes clear what light can achieve. The architecture is put in the right light and the coloured façade elements give it just the right kick!


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