Luminaires, tables and ceiling in combination, are defining the lighting atmosphere.

Table, light & ceiling for DER SPIEGEL

Hamburg / 2011

Luminaires, tables and ceiling in combination, are defining the lighting atmosphere.

Table, light & ceiling for DER SPIEGEL

Hamburg / 2011


Table, light & ceiling for DER SPIEGEL, Hamburg. A project by Ippolito Fleitz Group – Identity Architects.

The employees’ canteen was and is a calling card of the SPIEGEL Group, reflecting its journalistic philosophy as much as its culture of dialogue – not least because of its prominent position in the building and its high visibility from the exterior. Nonetheless it is a space which looks inward, only accessible to SPIEGEL employees and their guests. That means it isn’t a “brand space” as such. The starting point for our deliberations was the characteristics of the space and of the building. The building distinguishes itself through its exposed position on the water and its modern architecture, expressed in the vertical interior space of the 14-storey atrium.

The ceiling is formed of 4,230 circles made of micro-perforated satin-polished aluminium, laminated onto noise-absorbing supporting material and set at slight angles to each other. This means that the canteen’s natural light ambience reacts to its surroundings. During the day the ceiling is enlivened by water and light effects from the surrounding area. The ceiling also has functional advantages: the area above the ceiling plates is painted black, along with the mandatory technical fittings, rendering them invisible. Ceiling diffusers and sprinklers effectively disappear. In addition, the upper ceiling was configured to be noise-absorbent, complementing the acoustic properties of the micro-perforated plates.

The round, communicative tables are made from black coated steel frames which seem to grow from the floor in a graceful motion. Granite plates serve as table tops, their lasered surfaces working with the ceiling lights to create glare-free, brilliant light.


Granite plates serve as table tops, their lasered surfaces working with the ceiling lights to create glare-free, brilliant light.

Table, light & ceiling for DER SPIEGEL, Hamburg. A project by Ippolito Fleitz Group – Identity Architects.

Table, light & ceiling for DER SPIEGEL, Hamburg. A project by Ippolito Fleitz Group – Identity Architects.
Table, light & ceiling for DER SPIEGEL, Hamburg. A project by Ippolito Fleitz Group – Identity Architects.

Table, light & ceiling for DER SPIEGEL, Hamburg. A project by Ippolito Fleitz Group – Identity Architects.
Table, light & ceiling for DER SPIEGEL, Hamburg. A project by Ippolito Fleitz Group – Identity Architects.

Table, light & ceiling for DER SPIEGEL, Hamburg. A project by Ippolito Fleitz Group – Identity Architects.

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Table, light & ceiling for DER SPIEGEL, Hamburg. A project by Ippolito Fleitz Group – Identity Architects.

Table, light & ceiling for DER SPIEGEL, Hamburg. A project by Ippolito Fleitz Group – Identity Architects.

Table, light & ceiling for DER SPIEGEL, Hamburg. A project by Ippolito Fleitz Group – Identity Architects.
Client
  • Verlagsgruppe DER SPIEGEL
Location
  • Hamburg
Status
  • Completed (2011)
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  • Ippolito Fleitz Group