Modern Tradition

DSH Engineers - new office, Kempten | DE

The structural engineers from DSH Ingenieure have found a new home in the old town district of Kempten. A modern office landscape was created on three floors of a medieval building. The combination of stone walls and  partially timbered building parts, pared with modern office interior give the office space its unique charm.

The architects "architektur + raum" in Kempten designed the new facility for Diepolder Seger Himmel. Their ideas was to create a vastness of a space – a modern workplace – and a modern office atmosphere with a pleasant traditional architectural charm.

For the lighting solution, the architects utilized Zumtobel's expertise. The challenge was to accentuate the atmosphere of a modern office landscape in a building that is under monumental protection. The filigree and extremely neutral form language as well as the efficiency of the Zumtobel office luminaires convinced the building owner and customer.

Zumtobel’s LIGHT FIELDS, with its minimalistic design, was used in the office areas. Suspended from the ceiling, the pendant luminaire convinced through the optimal combination of indirect and direct light. The high direct light component of 80 percent ensures a sufficient vertical lighting, whereas the indirect light component of 20 percent promotes overall well-being: the ceiling is pleasantly bright, the gentle transition of brightness ofthe light to the background also supports the ergonomics of the users. In the hallways, the multi-functional LED lighting SUPERSYSTEM II ensures excellent lighting quality. Because of its modest unobtrusive design, there is room for SUPERSYSTEM II anywhere where targeted accents and other lighting effects are needed. When combined with the track, which is only a few centimetres in size, the flexibility of this multi-functional lighting system is truly hard to beat.

Finally, the color design of the modern office rooms in the timber-framed half-timbered construction also contributes to an office environment with a feel-good factor: the industrial parquet harmonizes with the old wood, while the black furniture and lighting form a contrast. The result is a particularly comfortable working atmosphere.