The light design workshop of the Professional Lighting Designers Association (PLDA) took place 2004 in Winterthur/CH. The workshop's aim was to encourage business for a new use of a fallow-lying industrial plant, using illumination. In seven days the members developed a light concept which was translated into action afterwards.
The illumination at the façade refers to its architectual character and its former use. Furthermore it is meant to encourage the revivification.
Seven days workshop
with PLDA lighting equipment.
Our illumination's title new night-shift alludes to the temporary and desired new use of the old, unused heavy industry plant.
Different epochs and building styles of the façade all got their special accents by light, giving a kind of revival of the working atmosphere of the former press work premises. Communication trails like stairways and doors got their accent by red light in order to characterize them as the buildings lifelines. Automatic time switchings follow the path of an imaginary ghost-worker by changes of light in different parts of the building. He seems to move between the buildings, getting on with his night shift.
The huge striking exit gate of the press work is illuminated with a powerful orange-blue contrast which makes the visitor feel the great power behind. This illumination served to help the city of Winterthur by the revivification of the old industrial plant Sulzerwerke.