A new cultural and educational quarter is taking shape in the Austrian market town of Wolfurt. A building designed by architects from Fink Thurnher Architekten brings the library and music school under one roof. Zumtobel teamed up with lighting designer Manfred Draxl from Conceptlicht, Ludwig Schneider Elektroplanung and Elektro-Technik-Theurer e.U. to engineer a series of customised luminaires for the project.
The newly created cultural centre in Wolfurt in the Austrian county of Vorarlberg is characterised by wide sweeping spaces and bold individual constructions. A central element of the development is a new music school devised by Fink Thurnher Architekten. The sculpted architecture immediately catches the eye. The new building has already been used intensively by over 50 teachers and 1400 students, including adults and children of all ages. The educational programme covers the entire spectrum of instruments, as well as various different styles of music and dance.
Zumtobel worked closely with the electrical planner Ludwig Schneider and Manfred Draxl from the lighting design office conceptlicht at to plan and realise a bespoke lighting solution with specially developed luminaires. Among other things, the fittings had to meet strict requirements in terms of flicker-free HD compatibility to guarantee the trouble-free recording of performances. The lighting design concept also required individual LED points to be mirrored in the reflector, which Zumtobel implemented in all luminaires, along with a number of defined lighting distributions to achieve specific lit effects.
Three different square downlights have been selected for the library and the dance studio and to deliver uniform illumination of the floor space in the classrooms. A square wallwasher installed in the concrete ceiling ensures homogenous vertical lighting on the walls, while a linear pendant luminaire fuses a direct wallwasher component with an indirect element to offer pleasant orientation in the corridor areas. Light lines integrated into the concrete ceiling deliver a direct light distribution to help those using the staircase.
The energy-efficient TECTON and SLOTLIGHT II LED luminaires from Zumtobel are supplemented by AquaForce and PopPack LED from the Thorn Lighting brand to complete the overall building concept, which has been devised to consistently reduce energy consumption in terms of heating, hot water, equipment and lighting, as well as to minimise the cooling required for both appliances and interior spaces. The new music school is the logical extension of a development plan intended to make Wolfurt even more attractive for local people and visitors alike.