KAI 8B, Düsseldorf, Germany

10th January 2023

ADO Lights luminaires were used when transforming a former harbour warehouse to a modern office space.

In the heart of Düsseldorf’s Medienhafen, KAI 8B is a glass cube that corresponds harmoniously with its surroundings and the water. Rather restrained during the day, the building glows in bright colours from within after dark.

Formerly a Rhine harbour consisting of warehouses, today it is a media hub that provides accommodation for companies from a wide range of industries. The six-storey office building, which uses sustainable materials, was created as the new headquarters for a project developer.   

During the day, the monolithic, shiny black building appears restrained among the partly colourful, partly exalted buildings in Düsseldorf’s hip Medienhafen. But at night, light and colour suddenly come into play.

The stairwell is not only bathed in light by the light lines attached to the flights of stairs, but even resembles light art when viewed from the outside. Furthermore, the light lines in the dark stairwell serve as signposts. There, 47 running metres of the light line were installed and 12 running metres on the handrails of the roof terrace. For the staircase, the dimmable version of the light line was used and mounted with a magnetic fixture.

The night-time façade lighting of the glass cube is also provided from inside. The convector shafts behind the glass façade were covered with homogeneous TTC linear grilles made of aluminium, which were powder-coated in a satin RAL colour, so that the grilles are not only integrated into the design but also protected from scratches. In this way, they correspond with the external covers of the façade gutters over all floors. The linear gratings, for covering the convector shafts in the interior, have a good air passage and the profiles are welded on combs to prevent rattling. The covers were combined with LED Conlights, developed especially for this project, with the aim of connecting the convector shafts with a lighting system. The luminaires were mounted flush between the linear gratings at the façade joints and fitted with three LEDs in RGB and with walk-on cover glass. Throughout the building, 121 LED Conlights were used, allowing it to shine in the evening.


Image: Ralph Richter