RZB provides Berlin‘s Museum for Architectural Drawings with minimalist EDO emergency luminaires

Installing emergency lighting inconspicuously is an issue that is often discussed among installers, lighting planners, architects and interior designers.

This highly intelligent way of incorporating emergency lighting into spatial decor is only possible using products with a minimalist design. And so when it came time for the Moscow-based architecture firm SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov to choose an emergency lighting solution for Berlin’s recently opened Museum für Architekturzeichnung (Museum for Architectural Drawings), they opted for RZB’s Edo emergency lighting, which is the most compact LED emergency lighting solution on the market today. Hence RZB’s minimalist Edo luminaires not only fulfill customers’ desire for inconspicuous emergency lighting, but also allow emergency lighting to be electrically and structurally isolated from the general lighting.

Since June 2013 the Museum für Architekturzeichnungen is accommodated on the Pfefferberg, the premises of a former brewery in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district.

Architect Sergei Tchoban founded the Tchoban Foundation in 2009 and donated part of his own collections to the foundation. Museum für Architekturzeichnungen features four exhibitions a year showcasing both own collections and exhibits from international partners.

The customer was looking for an emergency lighting system that on one hand blends in with the building architecture and with the materials of which the building is constructed such as drywall ceilings, air ducts, and metal ceilings, and that on the other hand also provides reliable and standards-compliant lighting that enables building occupants to execute an emergency evacuation quickly and safely. Rendering the emergency lighting inconspicuous was particularly challenging in the building’s narrow staircase, whose sand-yellow cement walls and stone-gray concrete steps the installers were not permitted to use for installation purposes. RZB’s self-contained Edo 2 downlight provided exactly the right solution to this problem. It was possible to incorporate the installation-friendly, merely 21.8 mm in diameter retrofitting kit into and flush with the steel staircase railings. All that is now visible is the small green status lamp that indicates that the system is ready for operation. As a self-contained emergency luminaire, the Edo charges when plugged into the electricity grid, is activated solely in the event of a power failure, and provides the necessary 1 lux of illuminance for emergency escape routes.

Further intelligent and energy efficient emergency lighting solutions will be showcased by RZB from 30 March to 4 April in Frankfurt, hall 4.1, stand E10.

Emergency lighting luminaires: EDO 1, EDO 2, EDO 3

EDO luminaires are available with one 2 watt LED, both as a self-contained emergency luminaire and as a luminaire for central power supply systems, for non-maintained or maintained operation, e.g. for minimum lighting.

Customer: Tchoban Foundation, Berlin, www.tchoban-foundation.de

Architects: SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov, Moscow, www. www.speech.su

Planning, emergency lighting + supervision: nps tschoban voss GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin, www.nps-tchoban-voss.de

Lighting planning: Kardorff Ingenieure, Berlin, www.kardorff.de

Installation: EAB-Kleinmachnow, www.eab-kleinmachnow.de

Photographs: Linus Lintner, Berlin, www.linus-lintner.de

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