Zumtobel creates a luminous environment for Durham University

New Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, Durham | UK

The Durham University created a new university building with light and openness to house. Zumtobel supplied the luminaires for the project and worked closely with the architects and designers to deliver a state of the art and fully accessible facility, with robust materials and a future-proofed capacity.

Zumtobel lighting solution for Durham University
Zumtobel supplied the luminaires for the new university building. © Zumtobel

The new Ogden Centre, designed by the internationally renowned architectural Studio Libeskind, includes a 100-seat seminar room, social space and breakout rooms with video conferencing facilities. It provides eighty new offices for professors, lecturers, doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, support staff and visiting academics.

Zumtobel lighting solution for Durham University
The new Ogden Centre. © Zumtobel

The design team placed all the offices in a ring, so each space has a window with natural light with a frosted glass screen to create a luminous and open environment throughout, whilst skylights marshal light into the central atrium and flexible meeting areas.

Zumtobel was the sole lighting supplier and has provided the luminaires for both interior and exterior areas. TECTON, CHIARO2 and LINARIA met the stringent sustainability requirements of the project and the policy to minimise environmental impacts and ongoing running costs. TECTON LED luminaires and IYON LED spotlights were installed in the main offices to cope effortlessly with the various lighting requirements of the space.

For the open areas LINCOR pendant luminaires and TECTON were chosen. With its slim and unobtrusive design, the LINCOR LED luminaire draws an elegant line through the room, its contemporary minimalism enhancing room axes and architectural concepts.

Zumtobel’s LINARIA has been installed to provide just the right amount of illumination on the stairs. LINARIA LED is a slim light line combining purist design with high performance LED modules to provide a reliable light that makes no compromises and provides a uniform appearance without any shadows.

The building is controlled via LITECOM by the sisterbrand Zumtobel Group Services (ZGS). It’s daylight linked throughout and all areas can be commissioned to incorporate natural light energy savings where applicable.

Zumtobel lighting solution for Durham University
Zumtobel was the sole lighting supplier and has provided the luminaires for both interior and exterior areas. © Zumtobel