Architecture and theatre
Both architectural aspects and elements of stage lighting effects are frequently used in exhibitions. The foyer of a company headquarters provides a perfect illustration, simultaneously serving as a prestigious entrance and an area for exhibits. Textile cylinders are suspended from the roof beams to emphasise the individual plinths. Classic architectural lighting consisting of daylight and ambient lighting is the opposite of the dramatic lighting concepts used on the stage. Natural light enters the room through the glass roof. The luminaires for wallwashing, accent lighting and projection are mounted on the roof beams and on the circular rails from which the curtains are suspended.
Architecture using daylight
Daylight provides the foyer with ambient light, while added wallwashing optically enhances the room, making it look more spacious. Due to the uniform level of brightness on the walls and the floor, the room appears plain and neutral. In order to draw even more attention to the exhibits on the plinths and enhance their modelling effect, they are subtly accentuated using directed, narrow-beam light produced by spotlights.
Highlighting the exhibition
Concentrating the light on the exhibits on their plinths results in the room losing significance. The light on the curtains draws attention to the exhibition by using grazing light from spotlights to make the fabric opaque. The stripped light on the steps looks like an unrolled carpet and attracts the visitor towards the rear area. The soft glow of light in the background subtly indicates that the room continues in depth.
Emphasising the room
Lighting the walls alone draws the attention to the room and the peripheral surfaces. The darkened exhibits are played down and become secondary. The contours of the objects can be recognised as a silhouette against the bright rear wall; however, no further details of the shapes are discernible.
At night, the foyer is transformed into a black stage whose spatial borders almost completely disappear into the darkness. Only the exhibits are in the spotlight. The narrow beams of light reveal the shape clearly and produce brilliant reflections from the glossy surfaces. The glow of light at the end of the side wall adds spatial depth to the scenic display.
By accentuating the curtains, the high-contrast scene using white light is able to reveal the full height of the room. In comparison with the exclusive illumination of the round plinths that simply concentrates on the floor area, this lighting concept has a more all-embracing effect encompassing the entire room. The illumination of the steps and the rear area uses light to establish continuity throughout the depth of the room.
Coloured scenic lighting is restricted to the wall surfaces to ensure that the colour rendition of the exhibits remains unimpaired. The soft colour progression on the right wall enhances the overall perspective.
By projecting patterns of light, an independent motif is superimposed over the exhibition. The curved lines reinforce the circular theme of the curtains and create symbolic waves. The patterns of light, which can be set in motion, draw attention to the lighting effects and create a play of brilliants. With this dominance of highly contrasting shapes of light, both the exhibits and the room itself recede into the background and by comparison are far less apparent.