Dean’s Office University Hospital Dresden

Dean’s Office University Hospital Dresden

Office lighting concept

Our lighting concept for the offices of the dean’s office of the medical faculty Carl Gustav Carus of the TU Dresden combines the functionality of lighting with attractive lighting design. In addition to everyday work activities, meetings and small conferences are also held in the rooms, as well as receiving guests. These different functional areas are precisely supported by the lighting. At the same time, the luminaires and the high-quality lighting design form an important part of the interior design of the dean’s office.

The basic lighting provided by wide-area ceiling luminaires is supplemented by individual task lighting for optimum working conditions. Wallwashers attractively highlight the artworks on the walls, and “floating” ring luminaires above the communicative areas create a visual link between the different rooms as a recurring element in a varied arrangement. Simple, flexible control of color temperature and brightness allows individual, attractive lighting moods to be created for many different situations.

Slaughterhouse Five

Slaughterhouse-Five, Messe Dresden

Memory wall and information

The artistically designed information light sculpture / memorial wall “Slaughterhouse Five” is visited annually by tourists from all over the world.
In the basement of the former slaughterhouse, the American author Kurt Vonnegut – like his protagonist Billy Pilgrim – survived the Allied bombing of Dresden on February 13, 1945 as a prisoner of war. By means of the multimedia literary sculpture, the viewer can experience the metamorphosis of the city of Dresden.
Through the artful superimposition of drawings, paintings, photographs, and city map excerpts, embedded in a complex grid of wood and Plexiglas, different time levels of the city’s history and at the same time the collage-like nature of the novel become visible. Illuminated from behind, the structure appears plastic, light and shadow become part of a larger picture.

Cultural station Radelbeul East

Cultural station Radelbeul East

Lighting concept for the Kulturbahnhof area

The city of Radebeul intended the redevelopment / conversion of the area Kulturbahnhof Radebeul-Ost to the new city center East. Our lighting concept, proposed on the basis of an urban planning analysis, picks up the urban significance and use of the central square in an identity-forming way. Our lighting design integrates in a modern way organic elements of the existing forms in the art nouveau building (Kulturbahnhof).

Marketplace Torgau

Marketplace Torgau

Lighting for market place and town hall

Development of proposals for lighting the market with the town hall and adjacent streets For the city of Torgau, as part of the redesign of the lighting of the historic city center, we developed lighting proposals for a contemporary individual lighting of the market, the town hall and the adjacent central streets, which respectfully fits into the valuable historic townscape.

University Hospital Dresden

University Hospital Dresden

Lighting concept for the central administration building

The main focus of Ruairi O’Brien’s lighting concept was on the central administration building of Dresden University Hospitals. The carefully accentuated lighting of the façade and the roof, which was approved under monument protection law, increases the perceptibility of the building and thus does justice to its central importance.
Elements in the surroundings, such as the pedestrian entrance and the avenue of trees in front of the main portal of the building, were also integrated into the lighting design.

Garrison Church, Dresden

Garrison Church, Dresden

Lighting design of the tower of the Garrison Church of St. Martin

On the occasion of the 21st Dresden Art Festival ORNÖ, Ruairí O’Brien designed an artistic architectural light show for the tower of the Garrison Church of St. Martin in Dresden.

The tower was highlighted by accentuating the edges of the building. By means of discreet use of light – the openings of the tower were specifically accentuated with light – the imposing appearance of the building could now be experienced even in the dark, thus drawing the public’s attention to the building and the festival venue.

Hospital – St. Joseph Stift

Hospital – St. Joseph Stift

Exterior lighting west wing St. Joseph-Stift, Dresden

By 2018, the St. Joseph Stift Hospital in Dresden had constructed the new west wing. With this future central outpatient clinic, an important new main frequency point of the hospital was created.  Ruairí O’Brien developed the lighting design and a holistic orientation system for the exterior of the hospital.
For the exterior lighting, we considered this new hospital area in five local areas / spaces with different functions and developed appropriate lighting proposals for each.

Access and entrance area emergency ambulance (night entrance, ambulance access)
Entrance underground parking
Bicycle parking
Entrance area with canopy, external stairs, ramp
Patient garden
Entrance to residential area for nun

In addition to supporting the various functions, our lighting design also takes into account the legal lighting requirements and the optimal fulfillment of safety aspects, such as a glare- and shadow-free design of the lighting of circulation areas, good facial recognition and optimal illumination of the space. Supporting the hospital’s new exterior orientation system was another design concern. Different brightnesses, light colors and accentuations, e.g. of the entrance, create a lighting hierarchy that supports intuitive human orientation. For the canopy as an asymmetrical element, we proposed a lighting design that supports its architecture and creates a strong visual connection between the exterior and interior. The entrance becomes more easily perceived as such from far and near.

Erich Kästner Museum

Lighting for the micromuseum® for Erich Kästner in Dresden

Designed by Ruairí O’Brien, the micromuseum®, a modern piece of architecture, artwork and interactive working toolkit, reflects the multifaceted personality and work of the world-famous children’s book author, poet, media man and journalist Erich Kästner.

The careful insertion of a new “heart” into the listed Villa Augustin on Albertplatz, into the former home of Kästner’s uncle, by means of a microarchitectural implantation of a house into the house -consisting of a multimedia core and 13 mobile life-size information modules- creates a lively bridge between past, present and future as well as all generations. By examining and operating the life-size building blocks as well as the multimedia components, visitors gain access to the exhibition content and are granted insights into the complex Erich Kästner world, which they can explore along a self-directed route and at their own pace.

Light concept spinning machine building Chemnitz

Lighting concept and lighting master plan for a historic industrial monument

For several years now, more and more smaller companies have been settling in Chemnitz’s spinning mill engineering sector, where around 2,200 people worked in GDR times, using the old industrial halls as open spaces, workshops or storage rooms. The future lighting situation is intended to remove the current anxiety spaces, some of which are caused by darkness, due to the lack of scattered light from the industrial halls, which were once illuminated 24 hours a day. To support a long-term and sustainable development of the partially listed building complex, towards a vibrant and actively used area, Ruairí O’Brien . Lichtdesign was commissioned by the city of Chemnitz to develop a lighting concept that does justice to the many new possible uses.

The lighting picks up on the historical lighting situation while at the same time taking into account current lighting requirements. The industrial heritage value of the building ensemble can still be experienced after dark. With the help of a sustainable lighting concept consisting of energy-saving, reduced lighting that avoids unnecessary light emissions, visitors are intuitively guided around the grounds. The realization on the whole area of the Spinnereimaschinenbau Altchemnitz can be done step by step in the next years, because different intermediate scenarios have already been considered in the lighting concept.

The lighting concept for the Spinnereimaschinenbau is part of the EU project “URBACT 2nd Chance”, with the help of which the large old factory complex of the Spinnereimaschinenbau Altchemnitz is to be revived.

You can download the lighting concept under the following link:

Light and Word, Cities by the Sea

Light and Word, Cities by the Sea

Light Performance by Ruairí O’Brien

Three arts, one theme: Ronald Lippok (sound), Thomas Kunst (poetry) and Ruairí O’Brien (light) presented the BARDINALE theme “Cities by the Sea” in 2005.

The focus was on the diversity of poetic forms of expression and at the same time the uniqueness of poetry, sound art and light poetry was emphasized. The three artistic interpretations were presented in separate sequences, so that the audience had the chance to experience and compare the realization of one and the same theme in three poetic expressions. The dramaturgy of this Gesamtkunstwerk in terms of time and content allowed each genre the greatest possible creative freedom and sole attention.