Automobielbedrijf Jer. de Fonkert is a complete automotive service centre, located in Numansdorp near Rotterdam in South Holland. The family-owned company's decision to invest in a brand new showroom according to the newest BMW dealership guidelines has resulted in an architectonically stunning construction – and created a lot of positive energy for the company and the people who work there.
BMW Future Retail
BMW’s new retail concept is called “Future Retail”, and outlines the car manufacturer’s requirements for BMW dealers. At the core of the new concept is the revised BMW style manual – which includes guidelines for the interiors and exteriors of the dealerships, including a complete architect’s manual for the construction of new showrooms.
The importance of good lighting
A showroom for beautiful cars should be flooded with light. The cars on display should look the same from all angles. There should be no shadows. For this reason, the new Numansdorp showroom is equipped with powerful low-glare downlights of the Glamox D70 LED family, mounted at a height of 6,5 metres.
In the offices and reception area there are matching recessed luminaires of the Luxo Modul LED type, with glare-free microprismatic optics. All luminaires have a colour temperature of 4000K, which provides for a bright, daylight-related ambience that make people and cars look their best. The light levels are adjustable with the use of sensors.
Architects: Bogaerds Architecten
The Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Dordrecht is leading the way in this process. For two consecutive years 2013 and 2014 the top place in the national Dutch hospital ranking was won by this hospital, which was established in 1999 as a merger between several local hospitals in the Dordrecht area.
New maternity ward
Recently the new obstetrics and maternity ward called “Birth Center Rhena” was opened. This department of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital is an excellent example of the philosophy of trying to create a user-friendly home-like ambience in the wards.
The Neurology Department at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital has also been totally renovated. A theme of the 17th Century Dordrecht school of painting was selected for this area, with replicas of the works of local master painters from the Golden Age of Dutch painting. Also, a pleasant lighting scheme was designed to impact on the look and feel of the reception area.
Each examination and consultancy room is well lit with modern LED luminaires that offer a glare-free environment and optimal working conditions for the staff.
Installers: Croon Elektrotechniek
Recently a major upgrade to LED lighting has been carried out, in cooperation with Glamox Luxo Lighting. The project includes a variety of key locations at the airport, such as terminals, control posts, car parks and more.
Important cost savings
This investment in the latest energy-efficient technology will contribute to improved passenger ambience, and at the same time reduce the airport’s energy and CO2 consumption.
Heathrow has set a target to reduce its absolute CO2 emissions from fixed sources by 30% on 1990 levels by March 2020. Significant savings will also be made on maintenance costs:
Heathrow, a major hub airport, has particularly high costs of access for maintenance. In all areas maintenance can only be carried out during a few hours at night. The airport’s new LED lighting solutions are virtually maintenance free, so that 100% lighting levels can be upheld without cumbersome and time consuming light source changes.
Tongeren is a city located in the Belgian province of Limburg in Flanders. Tongeren is the oldest town in Belgium, once a Roman administrative capital city. As a Roman city, it was inhabited by the Tungri, and known as Atuatuca Tungrorum. It was the administrative centre of the Civitas Tungrorum district. Today, the city is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network. Remains of the city’s Roman and medieval structures can be seen everywhere.
Modern cultural centre
De Velinx is the cultural centre of Tongeren. It contains the city library and a large-capacity modern theatre with all the latest sound and lighting equipment. The impressive lobby area doubles as a gallery for modern art. The centre is the venue for a wide range of cultural activities, including theatre performances, dance, and film screenings. It is also a popular venue for musical shows, concerts (both classical and popular music) and even local school shows. The premises are also used for exhibitions, workshops, meetings and recreational activities.
New LED lighting scheme
2015 saw a complete renovation of the lighting scheme at the de Velinx Cultural Centre. Modern Glamox D70 LED downlights were installed in the theatre as well as in the lobby areas. In the gallery, a long row of Glamox S60 LED spotlights illuminate the art on display. All the lights are controlled by a DMX system, and are dimmable to 1%. The lighting scheme was designed by WeThink lighting consultants. The investment in a new lighting scheme was made on the recommendations of Infrax, the cultural centre’s power supplier. As a result of these investments, the state-owned cultural centre will have a savings in electricity estimated to EUR 12.000 per year.
De Velinx Tower
The cultural centre is named after the de Velinx Tower, which was part of the city’s medieval town ramparts. The tower is in ruins, but the remains of the town wall are now part of the cultural centre’s gallery. A glass floor runs along the length of the ancient wall; a modern “river” juxtaposing the old and the new.
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