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Rotes Rathaus - Subway Station Line 5

Prize(s) Winners in Bridges and Public infrastructures Lighting
Company Licht Kunst Licht AG
Lead Designers Edwin Smida
Other Designer's names Malte Simon (formerly with Licht Kunst Licht)
Architecture Company Collignon Architektur und Design GmbH, Berlin
Client Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), Germany
Photo Credits Frieder Blickle
Completion Date 4/12/2020
Project Location Berlin, Germany
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Entry Description

The new underground station impresses with its open, clear architecture. It is turned into a space of flexibility, safety and movement by the integrated lighting concept striking with simplicity.

The station was designed in simple black and white colors, while polished terrazzo tiles provide an elegant appearance. The staircases are kept in dark colors to create a certain drama resulting in a radiant reception flooded with light when entering the 140-meter-long station hall.

The initial considerations of integrating lighting into the joints between the mushroom columns and the ceiling did not prove effective thereafter resulting in the minimal concept of functional downlighting in favor of a higher amount of reflection and uniformity. By implementing a color temperature of 3,000 K, not only do the ceiling and walls appear bright and radiant, but also convey brilliance and elegance.

This concept extends further to adjoining areas, such as the connecting gallery between the tracks. The wide-angle perspective creates an open, clear impression. Only in the stairway areas, handrail illumination was adopted instead of downlights to give passers-by a sense of orientation and safety.