Carl Benz Center Efficiently Set Into Scene With Siteco Luminaires.
The Carl Benz Center is a multi-coloured wedge that is situated between the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium and the new Porsche Arena. At the place where three large auto pioneers come together, Siteco floodlights and ground recessed luminaires show visitors the way and set the building and its environs in scene. The dimensions of the Carl Benz Center from the Mercedesstrasse are not at all plain to see. The building has a slimline, delicate appearance with its rounded facade. Its length is 206m, and it measures 40m across at its widest point.
The central part of the Center is the Carl Benz Arena, conceived as a meeting point for finance, culture and sport. In the front area of the building the Hotel Scandic from Hilton receives its guests, and on the ground floor the Customer Center of the VfB Stuttgart football club is situated. The facade, already a landmark, is fixed. On its surface, scale-like glass elements interchange with red soffits and silver-coloured metal panels. The architects have concocted an interesting interplay of colours: according to the position of the viewer, the building has a changing shimmer of red or silver.
A cooperation with Siteco was decided upon for the in-scene setting of architecture and landscape. 80 Sicompact Midi floodlights with integrated emergency lighting illuminate the access area to the building complex, and luminaires and masts were delivered as a single unit. The asymmetric beam floodlights incorporate a highly specular reflector for wide beam distribution. A twist protection with integral ratchet mechanism leads to exact adjustment of the floodlight with five positions possible.
56 CB 90 ground recessed luminaires with HIT lamps (35 watt) have been used for the illumination of the building exterior. At the same time they illuminate the trees and flag masts in the entrance area of the building. The luminaires have either wide beam, narrow beam or semi-narrow beam light distribution, allowing a wide variety of possibilities for facade and vicinity lighting.