Architects from the GRAFT studio have transformed an old building in the Berlin district of Schöneberg into an impressive museum.
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A defined route connects all the exhibition areas, helping visitors see and experience the fascinating works from various distances. SUPERSYSTEM II provides the ideal lighting conditions for the full range of exhibits.
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The concept behind the URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART intrigues and excites with its fusion of diverse art forms and truly unique architecture.
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Urban Nation Museum

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Location
Berlin, Germany
Year
2017

The concept behind the URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART in Berlin intrigues and excites with its fusion of diverse art forms and truly unique architecture. Exhibition rooms, a courtyard and an innovative interchangeable façade were created for the modular-designed museum in line with plans drawn up by the internationally renowned GRAFT architecture studio. A clear prerequisite for the success of the project is the holistic interplay between architecture, art and light. With this careful balance in mind, a differentiated lighting solution from Zumtobel has now been realised throughout the museum.

The impressive new venue has been shaped by architects from the GRAFT studio, who pooled their innovative and creative resources to transform a former residential and commercial building from the Gründerzeit period in the Berlin district of Schöneberg. The result is an all-embracing centre for Urban Contemporary Art and a creative setting for artists, offering space for exhibitions, workshops, debates, cross-media work and archiving. The implementation of the plans formulated by the GRAFT architecture studio demanded a client-oriented lighting solution to help maximise the effectiveness of the overall concept.

A defined route connects all the exhibition areas, helping visitors see and experience the fascinating works from various distances. The exhibition rooms feature SUPERSYSTEM II mounted horizontally at the side of the route.

Zumtobel used the lighting solution for the multi-storey rooms to place a strong focus on the uniform illumination of the walls in the exhibition spaces, while at the same time including the option to set effective lighting accents. This is achieved with the help of the INTRO ceiling luminaire family.

In addition to the actual exhibition, visitors have the chance to appreciate numerous art installations even before they step inside, as the courtyard of the URBAN NATION Museum doubles as an event venue and presentation space for contemporary sculptures. The harmonious solution from Zumtobel subtly raises the quality of time spent in this space – as well as offering flexible lighting for the changing compositions. SUPERSYSTEM outdoor Accent creates the perfect lighting conditions in the courtyard.

Competence Zumtobel
Light for Art and Culture

Project
Urban Nation Museum, Berlin (DE)

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