This page: The glowing escalators contrast with the dark grey
profiles of the store façades.
Facing page: The LED rings are a recurring motif of the scheme
GERBER MALL, STUTTGART
EPA ARCHITEC TS
Stuttgart’s Gerber Mall is a 25,000m2 shopping centre
with nearly 90 shops. The architecture and interior
design emphasise lightness, clarity and sophisticated
minimalism. Pfarré Lighting Design sought to
echo this in its scheme and developed a recessed,
matte black channel that incorporated not only
architectural and temporary event track lighting but
also other services such as HVAC outlets, sprinklers,
loudspeakers, cameras and security lighting.
Thirty-one LED rings were designed for the project,
and showcased at all the entrances to the mall. In the
basement, the rings are integrated into the ceiling; at
the other entrances, they are suspended. A ‘hula hoop’
of 10 rings is the only installation with an colour-changing RGB system, intended to be used only for
The glowing escalators are important lighting objects
in the space, and contrast with the dark grey profiles
of the store façades. To create a contrast with the
ambient light, glare-reduced, honeycombed metal-halide spots are dotted around the public space.
Above the top floor, a huge skylight allows daylight to
illuminate the enormous space. To hide the frames,
the interior architects designed a system of white
baffles. At night, a blue LED strip transforms the
entire skylight into a lighting object.
The scheme won its designers an IALD Award of
Merit in the recent International Lighting Design
Awards. One judge said: ‘The lighting successfully
fills the entire mall with glow and electric energy.
The lighting evokes a sense of movement and flow. A
rewarding implementation of high contrast to create
depth and enhance form.’
‘I loved the simple and futuristic design of this
shopping mall,’ said another judge. ‘With every
decision, the elegant lighting solutions furthered the