On 5 December, the fifth ewoTALK of the lighting company ewo filled the Museion in Bolzano.
Internationally renowned architects, spatial planners and urban researchers discussed how the quality of life in public spaces will be influenced by day and night. With the ewoTALK discussion platform, ewo intends to discuss current trends in the disciplines of design, art, architecture, technology and business.
This year, Sandra Hofmeister, editor-in-chief of the German architecture magazine DETAIL, chaired the presentation on the topic of wellbeing in public spaces - a topic that not only moves architects, but which carries equal relevance to everyone who makes use of public spaces. Because urban spaces, as publicly accessible resources, create meeting points for everyone and thus have the difficult task of meeting the needs of all people at all ages.
"A dull, poorly designed place doesn’t invite you to linger, it doesn’t need take much to form something more exciting" - says Patrick Lüth, CEO of Snohetta Studio Innsbruck, as he illustrated his point by showcasing stunning selected projects.
Anna Rose from Space Syntax Great Britain, on the other hand, pursues a data-driven approach and draws from user-oriented planning in public space as a field of social and economic interaction by means of computer-based programs. Elina Kränzle, urban researcher at Vienna University of Technology, appealed to the audience to consider socially disadvantaged groups, and reminded them of the impact of uniformity of the "Global City Lights" hanging above Times Square and other metropolitan spaces.
Hannes Wohlgemuth, Managing Director of ewo, explained how light makes a useful contribution to public spaces: "At night, lighting provides security, creates atmospheres and influences the feel-good character of outdoor spaces. As a kind of electronic campfire, light can even give an incentive to go outdoors at night. From this perspective, light performs a social duty, because light in the outside space is there for everyone.
"At night, lighting can make it possible to live together in public places and during the day, luminaires can be attractive features that fit subtly into the urban fabric, offering added aesthetic value thanks to their design language. As a manufacturer of high-quality lighting systems, ewo develops the tools with which lighting designers can stage all outdoor spaces.
Photo: © ewo/Malou Reedorf, James Lenney, Jacopo Coen
Patrick Lüth, Hannes Wohlgemuth, Elina Kränzle, Anna Rose, Sandra Hofmeister
ewo’s Italian sales team was proud to participate at the Biennale di Pisa last week at the stunning Arsenali Repubblicani, a reconstructed historic site that ewo illuminated back in 2015.
Biennale di Pisa’s 27 Nov conference began with ewo’s symposium entitled “Luce come materia / Light is matter”. ewo staff and others led discussions on the perception of wellbeing in public spaces, and the role that light plays in the relationship.
The conference presented projects carried out in collaboration with ewo, such as Arsenali Repubblicani, Bastione Sangallo, Teatro Calabrone and Parco a Vecchiano, in addition to highlighting innovative optical technology with LightTile, ewo’s new light-guiding panel.
ABOUT THE VENUE – ARSENALI REPUBBLICANI
Under the guidance of architects Fabio Daole and Mario Pasqualetti who led the restoration, ewo designed an impressive lighting solution to enhance both the interiors and exteriors of this wonderful architecture.
In the external area, ewo’s EL luminaire was used to shape the perimeter of the site, while in the interior, custom lights were mounted on the ceiling support, allowing for numerous customisations for smoke detectors, loudspeakers and emergency equipment.
Read more about this project.
ABOUT BIENNALE DI PISA
Arsenali Repubblicani hosted the third Biennale di Pisa between November 21 and December 1, with ten-days of events, talks and exhibitions dedicated to architecture. Under the direction of Alfonso Femia, these events focussed on the theme "Tempodacqua. Water, the dimension of time".
The series of events offered training credits for engineers and architects, bringing together commentators from sectors related to the field of architecture, to discuss themes important to their work. The event is described as a cultural project, and is run by LP (Associazione Culturale Laboratorio Permanente per la Città).
ewo has worked on two winning projects in the prestigious German Design 2020 Awards, highlighting incredible collaborations with outstanding international lighting designers, helping to realise wonderful lighting concepts and projects.
The Masterplan project on ETH Zürich campus won the German Design Award 2020 for Excellent Architecture, Urban Space and Infrastructure. The concept which now shapes the emotional experience of the campus at night, maintains safety and aids orientation.
The identity-shaping design element, a luminaire family consisting of mast, bollard and mini bollard luminaires, was used for the Hönggerberg campus. Comprising ewo luminaires, with designs from the fantasic team of nachtactiv, led by the progressive ideas of Reto Marty and lighting design from nachtactiv, the project began back in 2011. This concept helped to reduce power consumption 75%, focussing on how little light is actually needed in public spaces in order to feel comfortable and secure.
Another accolade was the BUGA Fiber Pavilion’s win of the German Design Award for Excellence in Architecture. ewo proudly supplied the bespoke lighting fixtures for this remarkable structure, which builds on years of biometric research using fibre composites commonly seen in biology for load-bearing purposes.
Run by the Institute for Conceptual Design and Construction (ICD) and the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart, the BUGA Fibre Pavilion utilises 120 ewo spotlights mounted in association with light planning office LDE Belzner Holmes, with various lighting distributions, for the beautiful illumination of the 400 square metre area.
Hannes Wohlgemuth, CEO of ewo:
"One of the best things about my job is the level of collaboration we see, between such inspiringso many lighting, architectural, design, scientific and technical specialists united in a passion for exciting perfectionism projects.
"These two projects really show the level of commitment and the variety of expertise involved in urban planning and architectural projects, and we are proud to have made contributions to various elements of each”.
Dear Lighting Professionals,
It is always exciting to be in touch with you! Thank you to all who stopped by our booth and thank you for the many inspiring conversations during PLDC.
I’m sure you know, ewo constantly strives to offer the most suitable product solution for any desired lighting project according to a holistic approach. Modularity of single components is the prerequisite for individualised lighting solutions; and the highest lighting quality is our driving force.
With our latest optical development, we were able to further expand on this philosophy.
LightTile is the name of our unique light guiding panel optics, which we have finally presented in Rotterdam.
The extremely positive feedback shows that we do not exaggerate when we say that LightTile will change your perception of light.
Conceptually, we have paired two optical systems: The modular lenses of the A series and the new LightTile light guide panel optics.
Click here for the PLDC fair video.
MASTERING THE PERCEPTION OF LIGHT
New light guide panels: LightTile
ewo launched its radically new optical system LightTile at this year’s PLDC in Rotterdam. LightTile utilises unique light-guiding panels for precise, smooth, glare-reduced and uniform illumination devoid of visible LED units.
Advantages of LightTile:
- Homogeneously illuminated light emitters, invisible individual LEDs
- Reduced glare and high visual comfort
- Precise and uniform illumination
- Modular application of individual LightTiles
- Intended for areas where people will be close to the light source.
LightTile: Light like you’ve never seen before.
See the video
Visit the LightTile web page
MASTERING THE VERSATILITY OF LIGHT
The updated ewoPhotometricEngine
Explore ewo’s infinitely variable combinations of lighting distributions can be explored through the ewoPhotometricEngine, a tool which allows users to shape their own light by testing infinite combinations of lenses, for application to any individual ewo luminaire.
"Shape your own light" with the ewoPhotometricEngine.
See the video.
Outdoor lighting specialist ewo launched its radically new optical system LightTile at this year’s PLDC in Rotterdam, with huge success.
LightTile’s unique light-guiding panels deliver high visual comfort with precise, smooth, glare-reduced and uniform illumination devoid of visible LED points. Homogeneously illuminated light emitters make up each panel of LightTile, which shine with a superior level of visual comfort.
LightTile is intended for areas in which people will be close to the light source, such as urban spaces, residential areas, pathways etc, contributing to a human-centric concept with an emphasis on personal wellbeing.
Therefore, the product is applicable to numerous ewo luminaires, from in-ground, to pole mounted luminaires, as part of the company’s modular lens and lighting systems.
LightTiles can be mounted for vertical or horizontal illumination, and can be arranged side-by-side or one above the other.
Hannes Wohlgemuth, ewo CEO said: “LightTile is definitely my favourite recent development, because it focuses on the needs of the individual, their perception of light and the sense of wellbeing that derives from high-quality lighting and design. Our driving force is the highest lighting quality and with this latest optical development, we’ve reached another milestone.”
ewo constantly strives to offer the most suitable product solution for any desired lighting project according to a holistic approach and with the new LightTile optical system, ewo has further expanded on this philosophy as it aims to master the perception of light.
LightTile is light as you’ve never seen it before.
See the LightTile video.
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New generations of high power floodlights and a unique light measuring tool
ewo has enjoyed a great start to a busy season of events, with the successful launch of two new floodlights:
1) R-System gen2, a newer and more powerful version of ewo’s hugely successful floodlight, capable of delivering up to 148,000 lm, 1,300 W (gen1 delivered up to - 139,350 lm, 1,250 W).
2) R-System gen3 concept, a glimpse into the future of ewo floodlighting with the even more powerful floodlight capable of delivering up to 185,000 lm, 1,545 W.
As another highlight, ewo launched a brand new, unique measurement tool:
LightLogger: A one-of-a-kind, easy-to-use mobile tool for measurement of illuminance lux (lx), engineered for airport aprons, parking spaces, ports and container terminals.
See the LightLogger video here.
The new floodlights and announcements achieved great recognition at inter airport Europe, from contacts old and new across the field of aviation.
Next up for large area lighting:
New Zealand Airports Conference
23-25 October in Aukland
Australian Airports Association National Conference 2019
18-22 November with Avionics
"Design from the Alps. Tyrol/South Tyrol/Trentino 1920-2020"
Four of our products are currently being shown in a museum exhibition at Kunst Meran/Merano Arte - this shows our contribution to design and art, as well as our ongoing collaborations with up-and-coming and renowned designers. The ewo products exhibited in Merano epitomise ewo’s minimalist aesthetic and our modern, durable design language.
A long-standing priority for ewo is the promotion of dialogue between experts from the fields of art, design and technology with regular ewoTALKS and ewoLAB platforms that focus on creativity, aesthetics and innovation. Under the direction of Hannes Wohlgemuth, the focus is once again on the expansion of tailor-made design and advanced technology as well as aesthetic craftsmanship and intelligent innovations.
GO: The elegant GO in die-cast aluminium was designed by Swiss design specialist Jörg Boner.
BR21 and LB23: The street furniture with accent lighting was designed by the Norwegian designers Norway Says (now Anderssen & Voll, and Andreas Engesvik).
if: Designed by Hannes Wohlgemuth and Moritz Kessler, the elegant if bollard is ideal for both public walkways and private gardens.
Design from the Alps. Tyrol/South Tyrol/Trentino 1920-2020
Duration: 11 October 2019 - 12 January 2020
Curators: Claudio Larcher, Massimo Martignoni, Ursula Schnitzer
The first comprehensive overview of the production and culture of modern design in a dynamic cross-border European region.
A production by Kunst Meran/Merano Arte with NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti and the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.
ewo will be exhibiting numerous new products and services at internationally renowned lighting and design events around the world in October, 2019.
inter airport europe
Stand: 1530 (Hall B5)
Hightlights: ewo will showcase a newly developed hardware and software measuring tool for lux values as well as a new high power floodlighting system and an a new concept. At our stand, you will see the enormous strides ewo technology has taken since becoming the first company to illuminate a full apron system entirely with LEDs.
Stand: E05 + E06 + E07
Hightlights: We will focus on ewo’s versatility in Mastering the Shape of Light by demonstrating the simplexity of our A-Series and by launching a new optical system. Come visit - we’ll show you light as you’ve never seen it before.
NZ AIRPORT CONFERENCE
23 – 25 October
Stand: 4 (Energylight)
Highlights: Come and see our floodlight offering at New Zealand’s premier event for the airport industry featured by our amazing partner Energylight.
ewo is proud to sponsor the internationally renowned architectural studio Snøhetta’s 30th anniversary with a double exhibition this summer, which runs until 14 July at Architekturgalerie in Munich.
Snøhetta is showcasing three outstanding architectural projects, offering an intimate insight into their world-renowned prowess in the field of architecture.
Models, photos and sketches are featured, including ewo’s project “Streuobstwiese” for Swarovski, as the exhibition continues to explore how Snøhetta works across international projects whilst honouring important considerations for local culture, history and geography.
The design and working processes for Snøhetta fuse traditional craftsmanship with the latest digital techniques, as reflected by materials on display at this already successful the exhibition.
Due to its outstanding popularity, the exhibition it has been prolonged by a number of weeks.
Anyone with an interest in the creative process in developing architectural concepts should go to see the exhibition before its end date of July 14!
Kunstareal Türkenstraße 30,
Ends 14. July
ewo is a proud supplier of lighting for internationally acclaimed projects receiving prizes and nomination at the Lightdesign Preis awards 2019.
Luminaires were supplied by ewo for two winning submissions – one in the city of Riedlingen and one at the Merck Innovation Centre – in addition to a nomination for the fantastic ‘Masterplan’ project at ETH Zürich.
The winning projects were both very different. The project in the city of Riedlingen, championed by architects sbp (schlaich bergermann partner), utilised ewo’s EL columns and FA bollards, to complement an externally supplied bridge illumination and create cohesive all-round aesthetic for a beautiful area in the city centre.
Luminaries were supplied by ewo for the outdoor areas of Lumen³ GbR’s winning project at Merck Innovation Centre, which aimed to enhance the general wellbeing of staff with homogenous throughout the site, glare-free illumination.
In addition to winners, the award-nominated ‘Masterplan’ at ETH Zürich has regularly featured as a flagship ewo project and was a unique lighting design challenge. The concept for lighting designers Nachtaktiv Zürich was to waste as little light as possible, ensuring that a sense of security and safety was maintained through the lowest achievable level of light.
All three projects showcase the universe of possibilities with ewo’s products, as well as what can be achieved in collaboration with such remarkable lighting designers and architects, receiving well-deserved recognition at this year’s awards.
Cortaccia-based lighting company ewo is proud to announce that Hannes Wohlgemuth has taken over the role of company Chief Executive effective from January 2019.
Hannes Wohlgemuth has been with ewo long before he has decided to join the company after his final degree in 2012, as his parents, Flora Emma Kröss and Ernst Wohlgemuth, founded ewo in 1996. Having effectively grown up with ewo, Hannes Wohlgemuth has gained experience within all departments, acquiring profound knowledge of the lightning sector.
In recent years, he has been focussing on expanding ewo’s global influence as Head of Marketing and Sales.
Hannes Wohlgemuth’s appointment as CEO will see the company continue this approach. This comes alongside ewo’s constant commitment to the technological and engineering product innovations. In addition, he focuses on refining digital tools for lightning design and product specification, as well as for measurement and analysis of existing projects. Such a digital tool is ewo’s online-configurator, which generates the most suitable product variation out of endless possibilities of ewo’s product portfolio within seconds.
Commenting on his formalised position, Hannes Wohlgemuth said: “I am very proud to represent the company where I grew up as its CEO and I am confident that our creative endeavours and technical expertise will continue to add to our global portfolio of powerful lighting projects.”
The company’s founders Flora Emma Kröss and Ernst Wohlgemuth will remain at ewo in executive positions as COO and CTO respectively.
Flora Emma Kröss, commenting on the generation change said:
“We are very fortunate to know that our son will carry on the traditions we have established at ewo. The ushering in of the new generation, has been underway as part of a proactive plan spanning several years. I am convinced that now it’s time to hand things over for this change and it brings me great joy to see the competence, diligence and enthusiasm Hannes brings to the company.”
ewo is pleased to announce that iRealm, the company’s concept for the future design of public spaces, won a prestigious LUX Award at London’s Intercontinental O2, within the category of Property Technology: Connected Lighting Concept of the Year.
The award-winning iRealm concept involves four layers of lighting design for public spaces:
ewo’s recognition as a conceptual pioneer in connected lighting, as well as its nomination in the category of Exterior Luminaire of the Year, cements the company’s position as a global player in this immensely competitive sector.
Hannes Wohlgemuth, Head of Marketing & Sales at ewo, said:
“We are thrilled to have won an award, as part the wider recognition our work has received from two major category nominations at these prestigious awards.
“Our ongoing research into the field of Smart City technology puts us in a great position to expand and deliver on these fantastic concepts for future projects.”
Lee Purvis, ewo UK and Ireland General Manager and concept leader for iRealm, said:
“It’s great to see iRealm so well received as a concept within the sector, really showing the desire for connectivity in the spaces we use every day.
With this solid foundation, we hope to start putting a lot of the theory to the test and working to an exciting, efficient, better-connected future for all of our clients investing in public space lighting.”
Visit the LUX Awards site. >>View full press release (PDF)
A wide range of requirements demands a wide range of solutions, and ewo the South Tyrol has found a clear answer: LED systems with a consistent focus on modularity. “Our modular system enables us to use lenses with all products,” explains Hannes Wohlgemuth, Head of Marketing and Sales at ewo. “From our perspective, it makes no difference whether we are installing a spot or a street light distribution. We are even able to mix lens optics within a single product. This is music to the ears of lighting system engineers, as it opens up so many new possibilities.”
The unveiling of the ewo A-Series during Light + Building will also represent the debut of the third generation of the modular LED tool kit. High-efficiency LED technology combined with a comprehensive assortment of newly calculated high-performance optics makes it possible to tap into a vast performance range, from large-scale lighting of outdoor areas to finely dosed, miniaturised architectural lighting. “We have rethought the LED tool kit entirely rather than just iterating. Massive miniaturisation and a high performance Industry 4.0 process that captures the entire spectrum form planning to installation open up completely new potential. Both on a design level as well as in terms of efficiency and footprint“, explains founder and CTO of ewo, Ernst Wohlgemuth.
The centrepiece of the presentation in Frankfurt is ewoPhotometric Engine, an object designed by Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram that looks as though it has just beamed down from the future. “ewoPhotometricEngine is a large optomechanical device that is essentially a giant lens. A tangible human interface device able to simulate 1,799,766,996 configurations of ewo’s new A-Series LED system: a new miniaturised high efficiency photonic technology that can light anything from a handrail to an airfield”, clarifies Designer Clemens Weisshaar.
Further additions to the product portfolio include the light systems IN and ID in the outdoor lighting segment. These solutions for street and walkway lighting are suitable for flush-mounted installation without any visible screws, thereby ensuring full freedom for architects and lighting system engineers in designing outdoor areas without bringing the lights themselves into the foreground.
Finally, ewo will also be presenting its new magazine at Light + Building. Running to 150 pages, this not only covers the entire product range but also provides a textual and pictorial account of every aspect of ewo’s concepts and activities in relation to light.
ewo at Light + Building, Frankfurt, 18-23 March 2018, hall 5.0, stand B30.
>> Full press release (PDF)
ewo is presenting itself at Light + Building 2016 in Frankfurt with a new, expanded product portfolio. It ranges from architectural lighting to the illumination of large spaces, and it distinguishes itself through increased efficiency and the extremely varied possibilities for configuration.
With its unique array of products, ewo creates top-quality, technologically advanced solutions for the most varied of contexts. Since every single project poses specific demands, we have developed a product system which we can adapt down to the last detail. We are thus the forerunner in the realization of the potential of the LED. The modular, highly-variable LED lighting unit is the fundamental building block for systems of any dimension.
Within the framework of the tradeshow appearance, we would like to present:
– R-System: newly developed for large-area illumination
– F-System: the tried and true F-System L for large areas has been supplemented by
two sizes, S + M, for roads, junction areas, traffic circles/roundabouts, and parking lots
– GO system luminaire: newly developed for residential streets and parks
– if bollard light: a new addition for situations close to buildings and green areas
ewo at Light + Building 2016, 13.–18.03.2016 Frankfurt am Main; Hall 5.0, Stand B30
>> Full press release (PDF)
Art and business: challenges and opportunities for collaboration.
This is the last in this year’s series of ewoTALKs, the events devoted to the relationship between art, design, business and technology conceived by Museion in collaboration with ewo. The ewoTALKS are an important element of an interdisciplinary collaboration between two key players in the local area - the cultural institution Museion and the technology company ewo, which has decided to reach out to the world of art and culture. The events were launched in 2015, International Year of Light, and are scheduled to continue into 2016. The next talk, on Thursday 19th November(8 p.m.) explores the opportunities for collaboration between the worlds of art and business. This is the subject up for discussion between Matthias Mühling, Director of the Lenbachhaus in Munich, Hannes Wohlgemuth (Marketing and Sales, ewo) and Mark Möllenbruck of the internationally renowned design studio Meiré und Meiré, Cologne. The discussion will be moderated by Susanne Barta (ewo) and recorded by RAI Südtirol.
According to the experts the future is all about open systems. Living and working in open systems calls for special skills: autonomy, profile, positioning, and the ability to act with flexibility and creativity, attentive to a constantly changing scenario. Thinking and acting innovatively are typical characteristics of the world of art. But how much does the business world need art, and, conversely, how much does the art world need business? How can artists interface with the world of business, and how can business people make a commitment to culture? How to implement fruitful processes of collaboration between all parties? These are the key issues that will be tackled in the debate.
19/11/15 8 p.m.
Museion Passage, Piazza Piero Siena 1, Bolzano
>> Full press release (PDF)
ewo presents in Copenhagen the new ewoLAB project „Lightways“. ewoLAB initiates projects with artists, designers and architects and in doing so deals with the subject of light on various levels. Young South Tyrolean artist Linda Jasmin Mayer, who currently lives in Copenhagen, is addressing the topic of light control for ewoLAB.
A lightbeam installation for Refshaleøen
Light attracts, deflects and guides the perception. Our gaze and our footsteps are led by light. In the installation at Refshaleøen, in an alternative path of light, the unexpected is lit up. The light path is meant to call into question the usual way in which light acts as an automatic “guide” for us through the city.
Some elements of the former shipyard of Refshaleøen will be illuminated, and thus lifted out of darkness by the light for a few moments. The installation’s various points of light illuminate objects from the past that still exist on the island, yet in some cases no longer have a function.
Opening 13.11.2015 5-8 p.m., Aperitif 6.30 p.m.
The Aperitif will be served in the Transformator Station of the former shipyard of Refshaleøen, Refshalevej 167, 1432 Copenhagen, Denmark.
>> Full press release (PDF)
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