Once a ‘cathedral of iron’ the former
foundry has been kindled into life
THE SAYNER HUT TE, BENDORF, GERMANY
LICHT KUNST LIGHT
The Sayner Hutte, built in 1830 near the Rhine River,
is a former iron foundry in Bendorf which operated
until 1926. Recently restored as a protected historic
monument it was once a ‘cathedral of iron’ whose
glass and iron construction was a prototype of a
particular form of industrial architecture.
Licht Kunst Licht has integrated fully controllable
RGB, warm and cool coloured LED luminaires into
the building’s various structures both to accentuate
the architecture and to allow spaces to be lit
individually for events. The illumination emphasises
the lightness and transparency of the foundry’s
layout, causing it to glow warmly against the dark
mountains from which the iron was extracted.
The scheme uses both colour and colour temperature
to define the space. Inside, while the general lighting
is a warmer, gentler, 3000K white, the roof columns
and vertical structures are illuminated in 4000K
white. There is a restrained and highly appropriate
use of colour. The central roof is illuminated with
linear RGB, usually in red as a reference to ironwork,
and treated as a single horizontal construction. The
colour is particularly effective contrasted with the
monochromatic tones of the lower tier of the space.
Luminaires mounted along a horizontal plane
underline the room’s length and geometry, and
provide contrast between the roof and the array of
the vertical columns. Meanwhile, the ceiling of the
side aisles is gently washed by reflected downlighting
from fixtures equipped with honeycomb louvres or
snoots to reduce glare.
The back wall, where the furnace used to be, is the
only wall with direct lighting and is illuminated
by floor-recessed linear wallwashers to create a
bright backdrop for dark, iron installations. All the
luminaires are painted to match the iron exhibits,
and carefully integrated with the structure.