Lighting Solutions Hoffmeister

HLMD - Hessian State Museum Darmstadt, Germany

Building owner
Bundesland Hessen
Alfred Messel (1853-1909)
Lighting Designer
Kardorff Ingenieure Lichtplanung GmbH, Berlin
Peter Andres - Beratende Ingenieure für Lichtplanung , Hamburg

Hessian State Museum in Darmstadt reopens after extensive renovations

The Hessian State Museum in Darmstadt opened its doors to the public again in late 2014. The museum had been closed for the previous seven years to allow for extensive renovations.
The main building was originally constructed between 1897 and 1902 according to plans drawn up by renowned Berlin architect Alfred Messel and opened in 1906. It was already considered one of the most beautiful museums in Europe at the time. The redevelopment work, which began in 2007, provided an opportunity to breathe new life into Messel's architectural concept. Suites of rooms and viewing angles were revived, along with the colour schemes and décor. Almost all exhibits were thoroughly cleaned and reconditioned in some cases.
The Schiel Projektgesellschaft company from Berlin came up with an overall exhibition planning concept adapted to the new architecture. The wide and diverse variety of collections at the State Museum called for specific presentations in keeping with each collection. Showcasing the high-quality objects appropriately to the public also necessitated high-quality lighting solutions. The light planners opted for gin.o spotlights from Hoffmeister in the exhibition areas. These are equipped with state-of-the-art LED technology. Five different beam angles and the option of adding numerous accessories, such as hoods, louvres and diverse light-directing lenses, allowed for great planning flexibility, guaranteeing the best results in different scenarios. With a light colour of 2700K, the luminaires achieve a colour rendering index > 90. This gives a natural effect for appreciation of the exhibits. When the spotlights are combined with the current Hoffmeister control.x power rail, the light can be conveniently controlled and dimmed using e.g. a DALI interface.
With the September 2014 opening, one of Hesse's most important architectural monuments now boasts a shiny new facelift. One of Germany’s major museums is again open to the public.

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