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
Let there be no doubt about it - Germany is a football nation! After three years of planning and construction the new German Football Museum, DFB, was opened in October 2015. The museum is designed by HPP Architects. The football phenomenon and the fascination around it, is impressively staged in the 7000 square metre venue.
All aspects of football are presented to the audience in a sequential multimedia experience. The luminaires from Glamox is part of this multimedia world. The entrance of the building with its LED facade makes visitors curious about the exhibition inside. Pulsing light guides visitors into the lobby where it changes into a fascinating ball-shaped sculpture. On the outside specially adapted O81 LED spotlights create interesting light effects. Guido Kürten from HPP Architects refers to the accent lighting on the metallic white facade as “Glow”. It reflects the conscious use of light, especially in the evening and at night.
When the visitors reach the basement of the museum, the journey takes them directly into the 700 m2, multipurpose venue with a cafe, a little football pitch and alternating special exhibitions. On one side of the arena the generous windows let in a large amount of daylight. On the opposite side a special version of our pendent LED luminaire Reed, illuminates the walk-in gallery as a light strip installation. Reed has a remarkably slim and elegant aluminium body with attractive details. It illuminates the museum with 40 percent indirect light and 60 percent direct light. A discrete bracket allows for continuous mounting in flexible angles. The line of light run parallel with the impressing black inner wall, creating a simple, well arranged design. The luminaire is easy to install and clean, with a dust protection cover in clear acrylic as a standard. The discrete distribution of luminaires contributes to the diversity of the multipurpose arena which is used for different types of events like press conferences, TV recordings, gala nights and other large celebrations.
The restrooms are located in a circular module with green walls. Here Glamox D70s illuminate every urinal properly so that it’s impossible to miss the target. The spotlights come with the latest LED light sources. Efficient heat management ensures long product life time.
To work in the home of German football history is a dream come true for many of the museum’s staff members. The luminaires also contributes to correct lighting backstage. In the ceiling of the meeting room, five Modul S luminaires supply suitable lighting. The exiting combination of different sizes raises the ceiling optically. The robust aluminium luminaire body makes a powerful statement in the room. Modul S provides excellent light output, and creates an impression of light coming straight through the ceiling.
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