Villa Vauban, constructed in the year 1873, today serves as an art gallery and accomodates the museum for traditional art in the city of Luxembourg, the Musée d'Art de la Ville de Luxembourg.
Exhibitions in the gallery are focused on Dutch painting from the 'golden era' (the 17th century) and French landscape and history painting from the 19th century.
Architecture and history
With the Villa Vauban the main challenge consisted of achieving a modern and energy-saving lighting solution that also underlined the architectural bridging between traditional construction and new building. For exhibition spaces such as the four rooflight halls in the new building, a solution also had to be found to enable artificial light and daylight to fall onto exponents from the same direction. The light sources had to ensure very good colour rendering and also consider conservational aspects.
Combination of daylight and artificial light
Diffuse light ceilings in the four rooflight halls of the new construction ensure homogeneous illumination of the rooms. Daylight is also used here as well: artificial light is supplemented when required.