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Entrance and corridor luminaires for Swiss National Bank SNB
The main Swiss National Bank building at Bundesplatz in Bern has been renovated numerous times since it first opened in 1912. As part of the complete renovation of the SNB premises, the conference rooms as well as entrance- and corridor lights were redesigned in line with technical and operational optimisations.
The aim of the renovation was an architectural and structural upgrading of the object, taking into account aspects of historic preservation and in recognition of its special cultural value.
In this context, the illumination concept and luminaires were designed by vogt partner and developed together with Aebi & Vincent Architekten. BURRI won the invitation to tender and was tasked with implementing this challenging assignment – from technical development and electrical engineering, all the way to installation.
Two different basic typologies of luminaires were developed in the course of the project. Chandeliers for the conference rooms as well as corridor- and entrance luminaires.
Corridor- and entrance luminaires
The construction of the stately corridor- and entrance luminaires (17 pendant luminaires, 67 ceiling luminaires, one large special pendant luminaire) posed a particular challenge both in terms of illumination technology and construction. The various lighting requirements, which included indirect, direct and diffuse light had to be simulated before final implementation in the product. The cleaning and maintenance concept was incorporated already in the development phase. As with all the components, the hand-blown, satin finish glass with additional vertical facet cut was developed and manufactured in Switzerland.
The entire value chain was implemented in Switzerland, from the design to the engineering, all the way to construction, industrial production and traditional art of glass blowing.