90 DESIGN FILE AHRENSHOOP MUSEUM OF ART
LIGHTING • JUNE2015
AHRENSHOOP MUSEUM OF ART
In 2013, the art museum opened in the seaside resort
and artist’s town of Ahrenshoop on Mecklenburg
Bay in Germany. The designs of the buildings echo
the shape of the houses nearby, which have thatched
roofs. Five structures are grouped around a central
lobby, and each has a one-room exhibition space.
Inside, each exhibition space is fitted with horizontal
daylight openings. Prisms built into the skylight
construction help create an almost shadow-free space.
Electric lighting brings light into the galleries through
the same apertures as the daylight. Light profiles have
been mounted at the openings’ aprons. These profiles
emit omnidirectional light into the space. Using the
controls, either one or two lamps per luminaire can
be switched on, and dimming lets gallery staff adjust
illuminance levels between 50 and 250 lux.
A three-phase track is installed below the lighting
profile for accent illumination using LED spotlights.
The lobby is predominantly lit by downlight wall
washers that emphasise the wall surfaces. Shelves are
illuminated from concealed luminous strip profiles
built into the furniture. The lighting design is by the
renowned German practice Licht Kunst Licht.
Above: Each individual gallery
has a linear skylight which
bathes the galleries in indirect
daylight during the day, and is
the source of electric lighting in
Facing page: The façades are clad
with thermally insulated metal