Light concept spinning machine building Chemnitz

Lighting concept and lighting master plan for a historic industrial monument

In Chemnitz Spinnereimaschinenbau, where around 2,200 people worked in GDR times, more and more smaller companies have been settling for several years, using the old industrial halls as open spaces, workshops or storage rooms. The future lighting situation is intended to remove the current scary spaces, some of which are caused by darkness. These were created by the lack of scattered light from the industrial halls, which used to be lit 24 hours a day. To support the long-term and sustainable development of the building complex, which is partly listed, into a lively 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 to the site. The realisation on the entire grounds of the Altchemnitz spinning mill can take place gradually over the next few years, as various intermediate scenarios have already been considered in the lighting concept.

The lighting concept for the Altchemnitz spinning mill was developed as part of the EU project “URBACT 2nd Chance”, which aims to revive the large old factory complex of the Altchemnitz spinning mill.

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