At LIGHTFAIR, GE presented its prestigious 2010 GE Edison Award to Alexander Rotsch and Andreas Schulz of Licht Kunst Licht AG, a lighting design firm in Bonn, Germany. The pair was honored during a presentation in Philadelphia on May 16, 2011, for lighting the ThyssenKrupp Quarter in Essen, Germany, a global materials and technology group. They were presented with a personalized Steuben crystal award.

This was the firm’s second consecutive Edison Award win. Schulz and Rotsch also were awarded the 2009 Edison Award for their lighting design of the EnBW City in Stuttgard, Germany, the new headquarters of EnBW, the third largest supplier of power, gas and water in Germany.

The GE Edison Award competition is open internationally to lighting professionals who creatively employ significant use of GE light sources (lamps and/or LEDs) in a lighting design project completed during the previous year.

The Lighting Design

The corporate offices of ThyssenKrupp feature modern architecture brought to life by a progressive lighting plan. “This is an amazing, large project with a stunning, harmonious and elegant result, beautiful inside and out,” judges commented. “This is an exquisite manifestation of engineering expressed in building form, materials and lighting…the details and integrations are exceptional.”

Rather than floodlighting the buildings from the outside, the interior lighting for the buildings defines the architecture. In the 11-story atrium, GE 35W and 70W ConstantColor CMH G12 4200K lamps provide crisp directional illumination on the ground level. The other lighting layers include recessed wallwashers with GE 39W T5 4000K lamps and linear LEDs integrated into the handrails of the atrium bridges.

Dining areas feature combinations of ceramic metal halide wallwashing, decorative halogen pendants and T5 fluorescent coves. In the executive dining area, custom circular pendants with GE 35W halogen lamps provide direct lighting on the dining tables, as well as indirect lighting. In the large upper level foyer area, daylight is supplemented with 35W CMH G12 4200K lamps. In the large 1000-seat conference room, GE 24W T5 4000K fluorescent lighting and halogen downlights, on separate dimming circuits, provide flexible lighting schemes for a broad range of activities.

Other Finalists

The winning project was one of three Awards of Excellence finalists. The other Awards of Excellence winners were:

* The Science Storms at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (Chicago, Illinois, USA) designed by Paul Gregory, JR Krauza, Joshua Spitzig, Kenneth Schutz and Dan Henry of Focus Lighting 
(New York, New York, USA), Architect – Evidence Design (Brooklyn, New York, USA); and
* David Yurman Townhouse (New York, New York, USA) designed by Renée Cooley, Renée Joosten and Andressa Lopes of Cooley Monato Studio (New York, New York, USA), Architect – Gabellini Sheppard Associates (New York, New York, USA).

Also presented at the GE Edison Awards ceremony were five Awards of Merit, two Awards for Excellence in Environmental Design, and one Award for Residential Design.