Zumtobel creates special luminaires for unique stadium façade

WWK Arena, Augsburg | DE

For more than eight years, the football stadium of the FC Augsburg has been waiting for a new stadium façade. Now the WWK Arena finally gets a spectacular one. Therefore Zumtobel has developed "light tubes", a special luminaire that is integrated into the unique façade structure, turning the WWK Arena into an architectural highlight.

Eight years after the opening of the stadium, the WWK Arena in Augsburg is getting a new façade. © Zumtobel

The new, modern and climate-neutral stadium with 30,600 seats, opened in September 2009, is the home ground of the German football club FC Augsburg. With the start of the 2015/16 season, the WWK Insurance Group became the main sponsor of FC Augsburg and since then, has lent its name to the "WWK Arena". With its commitment to Augsburg, the insurance group decided to finance the previously uncompleted façade, thereby turning the stadium into a special highlight.

"Light Tubes" integrated into the façade. © Zumtobel

The complex façade structure is made up of a combination of aluminium and fluorescent tubes, interwoven with each other and thus symbolise "enveloping the opponent". Both elements are wrapped around three levels of the stadium like Mikado sticks.

Zumtobel developed the entire design concept for the light façade based on state-of-the-art LED technology in close cooperation with the architects Bernhard & Kögl. Thus, Zumtobel took up the idea and vision of the architects of a homogeneously luminous, oversized tube of light throughout the project and turned it into reality with the construction of the "light tubes".

These special fluorescent tubes have the same dimensions as the aluminium tubes and are part of the extravagant façade construction. These eight-metre-long so-called "light tubes" are equipped with IP67 RGB LED continuous rows. By integrating effect lighting into the façade, it can be illuminated in all possible colour variations, enabling a wide selection of colour variations.

The lighting concept is enhanced by 36 Contrast 2 LED L RGB spotlights from another Zumtobel Group brand, Thorn, which are mounted on existing lighting poles around the stadium. The light tubes and mast lights are controlled by livebau Solutions GmbH via a DMX server so each tube and each spotlight can be controlled separately.

By integrating effect lighting into the façade, it can be illuminated in all possible colour variations. © Zumtobel

Prior to implementation, the "Atelier of Light" team integrated the façade lighting concept into a three-dimensional stadium model with the aid of Zumtobel's own "HILITE" tool. The concept visualisation allowed the customer to experience the combination of aluminium tube façade, light tubes and basic lighting in a virtual and realistic way and to experience the effect of the lighting solution in its entirety.