The Humbolt Box is the temporary information and communication centre for the Berlin city castle.
With an expected life duration of eight years it takes on the task of informing about the Humboldt Forum future project, its future contents, the design of the castle forecourt and about the construction project in general. With 3,000m² of surface area and a height of 28 metres on five storeys, the Box is an eye catcher, exhibition space, viewing platform and event location all in one, a "communicating spatial sculpture" as the architects have named their project.
Multifunctional options in the interior of a steel skeleton
The Humboldt Box is characterised by a striking steel skeleton serving as a framework for the outer textile shell. Between this facade and the actual building shell of cellular concrete there is an intermediate space of 30 cm that is backlit. The aim was to implement a lighting solution that underlines the polygonal structure of the building. On the inside, the lighting solution had to correspond to the spatial concept, meaning multifunctional options for use and design along with a temporary character.
Light accentuates the polygonal structure
Siteco backlit the outer shell of the Humboldt Box with around 800 SiPLAST® damp-proof battens with KNX control installed to the support structure of the cube. This linear light emphasises the steel structure of the building and also the polygonal form. The lighting extends this concept in the inner rooms that have largely done without coverings to the ceilings and walls. General lighting here is with approximately 500 open distribution batten luminaires.