| Düsseldorf |
Showing things in a good (yellow) light
The headquarters of the ARAG Insurance Group tower up almost 125 meters above northern Düsseldorf, thus constituting an iconic city landmark. Designed by Lord Norman Foster and Düsseldorf-based architects RKW+ (Rhode Kellermann Wawrowsky), this building’s architecture has been much discussed since it opened in 2001, and not only in the region.
Its size was not the only reason; other talking points were the shape of its footprint, which is elliptic, and its eye-catching double glazing.
Now Düsseldorf’s largest office block is even more striking. When the continuous façade drainage guttering and the linear grating on top of it were both replaced as part of its forecourt refurbishments the opportunity arose for integrating dramatic lighting. As with the guttering and the grating, the lighting was supplied by TTC Technology/ADO Lights.
The LED wall washer outdoor lighting is integrated into the façade guttering over a length of 38 meters. The lights shine upwards, thus dramatically accentuating the building’s entrance area – meaning that the porch is elegantly illuminated from below – in the exact colors of the company’s corporate design, with the warm yellow hues creating an inviting atmosphere and providing visitors with a clear point of reference
Client: ARAG, Düsseldorf
Landscape Architect: +grün GmbH, Dipl.-Ing. Sebastian M. Fürst, Düsseldorf