Award-winning urban design with light

The Albertsplatz in Coburg receives German Prize for Lighting Design 2014

New lighting concept 

The allure of times gone by still has a great impact on Coburg's picturesque townscape: As one of the largest and best preserved castles in Germany, the fortress Veste Coburg towers above this Upper Franconian town, while at the foot of this stronghold historical sights such as the Ehrenburg palace, the provincial theatre and the town hall dating back to the 16th century remind of the blooming literary eras of this former capital of the duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
In recent years, the town of Coburg redesigned many of its historic sights and put them effectively into the limelight: After the market square, theatre square and the station forecourt, Albertsplatz was updated with specially designed Coburg luminaires by Hess as part of the Coburg urban regeneration project "Ketschenvorstadt".
The lighting design developed by Stuttgart-based lighting design consultancy LDE Belzner Holmes builds a bridge between functional lighting and artistic staging of this listed area – an exemplary lighting concept for which the Albertsplatz and the lighting design consultancy won the German Prize for Lighting Design 2014 in the category "outdoor lighting / public spaces".

Designers and participants

Client: Town of Coburg, represented by Wohnbau Stadt Coburg GmbH,
Architect / interior designer:
RSP Freiraum GmbH,
Lighting design: Thomas Hollubarsch, LDE Belzner Holmes,
Electrical design: SÜC Energie (Städtische Werke Überlandwerke Coburg GmbH) and H20 GmbH
Photos: Steffen Bauer

Special solution with „Coburg Luminaires“

Combination of functional and accent lighting

Already in 2004, the lighting design consultancy LDE Belzner Holmes developed together with Hess the so-called "Coburg Luminaires" for other open spaces in Coburg. Amongst others, they illuminate the theatre square, the market square, and the station forecourt in Coburg.
This pole mounted luminaire combines functional and accent lighting: It consists of two downwards pointing cylindrical luminaire heads and a light shade fitted with two spotlights. Thanks to their understated style elements, they are not optically intrusive, but fit discreetly into the historical ambience.
„One benefit of the Coburg luminaires is their timeless yet modern design. This luminaire is an unobtrusive element of the site furnishings. This also applies to a historic old town such as Coburg“, summarises Katrin Hartmann-Schmidt, department of urban development and design of Coburg's municipal building authority. These special luminaires were installed as pole mounted luminaires at the perimeters of the Albertsplatz. The adjacent streets are now equipped with wall and pole mounted Coburg luminaires.
„These luminaires have two functions: On the one hand, they are to ensure standard compliant lighting of the footpaths and seating areas in front of adjacent buildings, covering a width of approx. 8 to 14 metres. Furthermore, these pole-mounted luminaires offer large-surface illumination of building façades“‚ explains project manager and lighting designer Thomas Hollubarsch of LDE Belzner Holmes the award-winning lighting concept.
The Lutheran School, for example, was transformed into the visual focus of the square by precise staging of its façade. Additionally, loosely arranged seating cubes illuminate the square further. Further attractive lighting effects result from several in-ground luminaires that glow below the newly planted gleditsias in front of the school. A newly installed water feature enriches the open space and additionally serves as an attractive playground for children.

High feel good factor, low operating costs

Excellent colour rendering of the generated warm white light

To ensure energy efficient operation, the Coburg luminaires are equipped with compact fluorescent lamps (TC-D und TC-L) and halogen metal halide lamps (HIT). The functional lighting components of the pole-mounted luminaire offer a system capacity of 2 x 26 W or 2 x 18 W. The accent lighting components have a system capacity of 2 x 35 W. The excellent colour rendering of the generated warm white light ensures a high feel good factor.

German Prize for Lighting Design

Award for outstanding lighting design in architecture

Media professionals and industry representatives created the „Deutscher Lichtdesign-Preis“ (German Prize for Lighting Design) in 2011 as award for outstanding lighting design in architecture. A prestigious and independent jury presents the award annually for ten different categories: Office & administration, cultural buildings, public spaces / interior, public spaces / outdoor lighting, museums, shop lighting, education, international project, light art and award for young talents.
In 2015, the award ceremony for the German Prize for Lighting Design will take place in Frankfurt. Projects may be submitted from now until mid October 2014 at The official website provides further information about the award as well as information about the current developments in the lighting industry and other news.