Project team:

Client: Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe, Münster/D
Architects: Staab Architekten GmbH, Berlin/D
Lighting design: Licht Kunst Licht AG, Bonn/Berlin,
project management: Martina Weiss
Exhibition designer: Space4 GmbH, Stuttgart/D
Scenographic exhibition lighting: LDE Belzner Holmes, Stuttgart/D


Products applied:

Exterior: step lighting, Bega; gobo projectors, Meyer
New building:
Artificial daylight ceilings, and daylight ceilings, Rentex
Downlights, Erco
Track, Erco
Track-mounted spotlights: Gallery LED cc, Eigenart Leuchten
Directional spotlights in the atrium, patio, Erco
Library: Selux pendant luminaire, Erco directional spotlights
Restaurant: Flos downlights; Graypants and Filumen pendant
luminaires, Proled LED light strips
Arcade, existing building:
Arcade lighting (exhibition):
Zumtobel, Supersystem pendant luminaire
Stair lighting: Mawa, Humboldt Uni pendant luminaire;
Erco, Quintessence downlights

22. May 2015

Connecting old and new

Text: Joachim Ritter, Sabrina Schluckebier
Photos: Marcus Ebener

When visitors begin to regard the architecture and the museum building as part of the exhibition experience, it is high time to start thinking about modernisation and getting things back on track – not only chronologically speaking. Refurbishments of museum complexes often take the form of a new build project, an extension to the existing building, the idea being not only to align old with new, but to achieve a certain harmony between the two. And an excellent opportunity to update the lighting in the existing building.

Connecting old and new – or the past with the modern day – is something museums achieve today using modern media, but this can also be realised through architectural design. In the case of the Westphalian State Museum of Art and Cultural History in Münster/D, the existing neo-Renaissance style building that dates back to 1908 has received a new extension designed by Staab Architekten. Historically speaking, the museum covers art history from the Middle Ages to the contemporary avant-garde movement, and the collection is displayed in a total of 51 exhibition spaces. The complex also includes a library and a restaurant. The new build section is designed to display an internal logic, which manifests itself in the way the different galleries connect with one another. At the same time, the new build project was to fit comfortably in the existing fragmented site. Besides designing the lighting to underscore the architectural structure of the new museum building, the brief for the lighting designers from Licht Kunst Licht was also to support way finding and to help visitors discover how the interior spaces interrelate and provide the building with a presence its own. The lighting was to guide the visitor through the museum spaces – from the main lobby to the exhibition spaces on the second floor – running like a thread through the interior. That is to say: the lighting played a key role in linking the new extension to the old sections of the building. A subtle indication of this link through light can already be perceived on the outer facade. Recessed wall washers mounted in the new build facade softly wash the historic façade opposite. The historic façade on the existing building that faces the Cathedral Square has also been softly illuminated.[…]


The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 97

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