Posted in projects on August 13, 2014 11:11 am EDT

Bathed in Light

A mixed-use concept mall lights up a freshly renovated building with more than 1,000 Elation LED luminaires.

Bikini Berlin Concept Mall. Images courtesy of Bayerische Hausbau; Franz Brück.











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By Church Designer Staff

Not to be mistaken for a swimwear company, Bikini Berlin is a culturally protected Grade II-listed building in the German capital, whose recent revitalization included the installation of 1,000+ energy-efficient LED luminaires from Elation Professional.

"There was only one requirement really and that was for all the lighting fixtures to be reliable LED lamps,"

—Maik Simmchen, Project Manager, B+M Elektrobau

Located next to the famous Berlin Zoo, Bikini Berlin is a unique concept shopping mall with stores, offices, cinema, and hotel, a day and nighttime destination for locals and tourists alike. Aimed at a style-conscious audience with high standards when it comes to a shopping experience, Bikini Berlin opened in late 2013 after a three-year renovation that preserved the initial character of the venue. The centerpiece of the building complex is the historical 200-meter long Bikinihaus, a light, open colonnade and architectural symbol of Berlin’s west cityscape. Popularly called Bikinihaus due to its two-tier architecture that is reminiscent of the revealing two-piece swim garment, the building’s lower three floors contain a selection of retail stores and restaurants unique to Germany (no international chain stores here) with an integral part of the space containing modular wooden specialty shops known as Bikini Berlin boxes.

Modular wooden specialty shops known as Bikini Berlin boxes with the Opti Tri White high-output LED luminaire tracked above.

B+M Elektrobau GmbH of Berlin was contracted to provide complete electrical planning and execution for the space, including lighting for the long, open Bikinihaus hall, and completed the installation using 1,000 Elation Opti Tri White and 50 Opti Tri RGB LED luminaires. “There was only one requirement really and that was for all the lighting fixtures to be reliable LED lamps,” states Maik Simmchen, project manager at B+M Elektrobau. “The Elation Opti Tri lights fulfilled that and much more.”  continued >>