Lighting plays an essential role in making people feel comfortable and safe in a building. Although corridors and hallways primarily connect rooms, as circulation zones they make a decisive contribution to how we experience a building. Narrow or low hallways appear more spacious if the ceiling or walls are indirectly illuminated. Use spotlights and accent lighting to create effective highlights on pictures or wall decorations, visually shortening even long, monotonous hallways.
Safety is paramount in stairwells. Staircase lighting needs to be sufficiently bright (at least 150 lux) and well glare-reduced (UGR≤25). Hard light creates short shadows and highlights steps well. This is particularly important if the building must be exited via the stairwell in an emergency. Sensor-controlled lighting for staircases and hallways reduces long-term energy costs. You can ensure that the light reacts to the presence of people and automatically goes into a brightness-reduced standby mode or is switched off after a certain follow-up time or in empty hallways or stairwells.
LINEA gives contour to the essential. It is the ideal wall luminaire for indirectly illuminating hallways. It can accentuate the wall or ceiling, thus giving them form, or it can be an effective floor guide. In any case, LINEA does not create mere orientation lighting. It presents itself as an aesthetic statement. Its asymmetrical ceiling illumination emphasises spatial dimensions and makes hallways appear larger and more expansive.
Art gallery or office? It is both for the company and its impressive art collection. The Design Haus Liberty/DHL architects and lighting designer Alkestie Skarlatou sought to display the art collection in a gallerylike environment. They also wanted to create a space as a place to linger and that would entertain clients. Although it is an office in London's Soho, it is intended to look like a high-end cultural or leisure space that changes its vibe from day to night.