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Holmegaard Værk, Holmegaard, Denmark , Holmegaard, Denmark

Outstanding glass craftsmanship in historic architecture, perfectly displayed with customised ERCO lighting

The Holmegaard Værk glass museum in Denmark

Denmark's most important and only surviving glassworks recently reopened as a centre for glass art within the historic architecture of the former Holmegaard factory, located south of Copenhagen. The lighting concept for the new cultural centre with exhibition areas and glass workshop aims, on the one hand, to bring the history of this important industrial site and its buildings to life. On the other, it enables the exhibits to be vividly displayed – by optimally emphasising their colours, shapes and materials in the ‘abandoned’ glassworks. A wide variety of mostly customised LED spotlights from ERCO respond to the special requirements for exhibition lighting within the complex system of highly differing spatial and daylight situations: in addition to low rooms completely without daylight, there are also hall-like rooms up to ten metres high with skylights and daylight entering from the side. Coloured light is also used to breathe life into the architecture and glass art.

Holmegaard is a piece of living industrial culture: up to 1,200 workers were employed until the official closure of Denmark's most important glassworks in 2008. Soon the region expressed a desire to preserve the buildings and re-function them as a museum. Funds have been raised for this ambitious project for years. As a result, the new Holmegaard Værk cultural centre opened its doors with exhibition spaces, a glass workshop, offices, a restaurant and a shop.
“ERCO fixtures were already in use at ‘Museum Sydøstdanmark's’ other locations. Today, a total of around 1,600 luminaires are installed in our exhibitions, half of which are at Holmegaard Værk. The factors of quality, durability and reliability of the maintenance-friendly ERCO LED luminaires were crucial in the decision to use them in all our locations – and all the way from exhibition areas and the offices to the workshop. The high flexibility that characterizes the system of spotlights and floodlights for track, together with the visual comfort, even in high rooms and different daylight situations, are also important for our selection. The choice of ERCO was therefore natural when we had to get started with Holmegaard Værk,” explains Carl-Henrik Hansen, the museum's technical manager.

A tailor-made special solution: Parscan spotlights on steel posts

The industrial architecture with raw walls, dust-covered furnaces and openly visible supporting structure below saw-tooth roofs was, as far as possible, not to be modified in the course of the conversion to a cultural centre – in the truest sense of the word. For this reason, and as part of the ERCO individual service, a special version of the Parscan spotlight with a short mounting bracket was developed. This luminaire was mounted for example in the glass workshop and in the large exhibition hall on steel posts of different heights, with ERCO track installed vertically within the posts.

Holmegaard Værk, Holmegaard, Denmark

The shortened mounting bracket is based on an aesthetic decision – the luminaires are thus closer to the post. The custom-made “light poles” of different heights are positioned wherever light is needed to guide visitors, to stage the architecture and display the exhibits. This made it possible to largely dispense with track below the historic roof structure. Only in the glass workshop, where museum visitors get a real-time insight into the traditional craft, do additional high-output track-mounted Parscan floodlights provide optimal light for the melting furnace workplaces.

Holmegaard Værk, Holmegaard, Denmark

Work (once again) in the old Holmegaard Værk glassworks: glassblowing demonstrations give visitors to the museum an impression of the traditional handicraft. A crew of experienced glass workers demonstrates the processes in a new, modern hotshop. High lumen-output Parscan 48W floodlights on track provide optimal light for the challenging work at the furnace.

Holmegaard Værk, Holmegaard, Denmark
Holmegaard Værk, Holmegaard, Denmark
Holmegaard Værk, Holmegaard, Denmark

Coloured light breathes life into the industrial architecture and glass artworks

A black box was integrated into the former glassworks as a room-within-a-room structure completely without the incidence of daylight, in which changing exhibitions of fragile works of art made of glass or ceramics can be seen. To be able to align the lighting as flexibly as possible to the respective exhibits, a dense track system with spacing of only one metre was installed beneath the newly installed ceiling. The custom Parscan spotlight variant with short mounting bracket was used here as well.

Holmegaard Værk, Holmegaard, Denmark

Stella spotlights modified with RBGW LED are a further essential special solution: the lighting designer responsible for the lighting concept of the new cultural centre, Iben Winther Orton from Lightscapes ApS, wanted a high-output RGBW luminaire also controllable via Casambi Bluetooth. The Stella spotlights developed as part of the ERCO individual service can be adapted across the entire colour spectrum to the specific materials and colour scheme of the exhibits.

“In the Holmegaard Værk lighting design, the colour composition depends on the individual exhibitions, whereby contrasting or complementary colours are used to highlight the colour of the works themselves,” explains the lighting designer. “To breathe a sense life into glass and ceramics it has to be remembered that the amount of light these materials can absorb is individual. If the lighting reaches this point, the object appears brilliant and attractive, if it is below it the material stays lifeless, and if the lighting exceeds this point the material is perceived as flat.” Not only the exhibits themselves, but also the surroundings – such as floor areas and steps – were designed by the lighting designer with partly subtle, partly dramatic contrasts via the use of coloured light.

Holmegaard Værk, Holmegaard, Denmark

Floor-to-ceiling shelving 40 metres wide and an impressive seven metres in height accommodate more than 40,000 objects from over 200 years of glass history. One of the largest and most important collections of its kind in Scandinavia, it contains unique pieces, not only from Holmegaard, but also from the Kastrup and Odense glassworks.

Holmegaard Værk, Holmegaard, Denmark

Highly diverse spatial situations with varying amounts of daylight

Some areas in the exhibition are bathed in cool ‘glass green’, others in warm amber. This is also the case in the room with a gigantic shelf, some seven metres in height, housing more than 40,000 glass objects. Parscan spotlights and Stella spotlights converted to RBGW provide powerful, efficient and precise accent lighting. Adjustment to changing daylight situations is via Casambi Bluetooth. “The powerful, heterogeneous lighting concept with strong, partly coloured light accents underlines the diverse spatial and daylight situations, but also the different functions of the areas in the former glassworks,” states lighting designer Iben Winther Orton. “The most homogeneous, uniform illumination possible with use of wallwashers, as aimed for by many museums today, would not have done justice to the complexity of Holmegaard Værk.”

Holmegaard Værk, Holmegaard, Denmark

Compar linear pendant luminaires with oval wide flood distribution (approx. 60° x 80°) create dimmable glare-free lighting with high visual comfort above the desks in the first floor offices and meeting rooms. The black anti-glare louvre of the pendant downlights enables the luminaire to blend with the material and colour of the ceiling.

Holmegaard Værk, Holmegaard, Denmark

Shop lighting with Optec COB LED 36W spotlights.

Holmegaard Værk, Holmegaard, Denmark

Beamer projectors controlled via DALI illuminate the facade with warm white light (3000K).

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