light sculptures for UNESCO monument Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

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light sculptures for UNESCO monument Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

light sculptures specifically for the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. The armatures were installed throughout the monumental UNESCO building.

The former stock exchange from 1903 became too dark and the lighting did no longer comply with contemporary standards. There was poor visibility and the overwhelming monumental spaces and original details were hidden in the dark. The light sculptures unveiled the building, now it can be seen in its full splendour.

The armature was designed with consideration of the special architecture and the original lighting plan of architect H.P. Berlage: point lights with daylight.

With its upward indirect lighting, the armature places itself in the shadow and makes the vaults and colourful details visible. The ceilings of the galleries are now lit, showing their distinct details. The open structure of the armature displays the original brickwork optimally.

The indirect light is visually restful for the eye, whilst revealing the impressive spacious areas within the building.

The power LED needs a relatively large heat sink to discharge or remove the heat.
In this design the heat sink and sculpture coincide. In fact the heat sink ís the sculpture.

Photography by Michael van Oosten