Zumtobel Illuminates the Sägerbrücke Bridge in Dornbirn

Zumtobel illuminates the new constructed Sägerbrücke bridge in Dornbirn by using a customised LED outdoor solution. With SUPERSYSTEM outdoor it was possible to achieve a completely uniform illumination of the entire surface and maximum visual comfort for the bridge and the “Do.Helix” installation crafted by the artist Hubert Lampert. The precise light distribution helps avoid unnecessary light pollution, mean that the lighting solutions represents an extremely energy-efficient choice.

Art becoming an integral part of the public space 
The comprehensive renovation of the Dornbirn Stadtstrasse (city street) from the Kronenkreuzung (crown junction) to the Sägerstrasse (sawyer street) and the new construction of the Sägerbrücke bridge represent a pioneering engineering project. The new Sägerbrücke bridge not only caters for different needs and interests, but also represents an architectural highlight by helping art become an integral part of the public space. The lighting solution for the bridge was developed and realised by Zumtobel in close cooperation with the architect Hugo Dworzak, the city planner Stefan Burtscher and the artist Hubert Lampert, who has crafted a truly eye-catching element in the middle of the bridge with the “Do.Helix” installation.

Zumtobel impressed the architect, and those responsible for the city planning with the customized SUPERSYSTEM outdoor LED luminaire. (All photos courtesy of Zumtobel)

Key challenges for the lighting solution 
The key challenge for the lighting solution was to ensure a uniform illumination that covered the total area and complied fully with the relevant standards for road transport, cycle paths and pedestrian crossings, despite only having two luminaire mounting positions to work with – one at each end of the bridge. Zumtobel impressed the architect, the artist Hubert Lampert and those responsible for the city planning with a pair of 13-metre-high masts for the customised SUPERSYSTEM outdoor LED luminaire, along with the linear, restrained design language of the product itself, which integrated discreetly into the overall architectural concept.

Uniform illumination and maximum visual comfort 
One of the major advantages of LED technology is the greater design freedom enabled by the compact size of the components. Each mast measures just 300mm by 300mm and yet still has room to incorporate 13 luminaires, with each luminaire made up of 18 LED light tubes. By grouping six LED light tubes and directing these towards a specific part of the bridge, it was possible to achieve a completely uniform illumination of the entire surface and maximum visual comfort without causing glare for users crossing the bridge.

The minimalist design language of the product delivers high visual quality without taking center stage, so that both the architecture of the “island bridge” and the sculpture in the center can be fully appreciated.


Avoiding unnecessary light pollution 
The Sägerbrücke bridge uses a neutral white colour temperature, in line with the standards specified by the local authorities, to deliberately stand out from its surroundings and to highlight the square-like opening into the downtown area. The low connected load for each luminaire and the precise light distribution, which helps avoid unnecessary light pollution, mean that SUPERSYSTEM outdoor also represents an extremely energy-efficient choice.

The key challenge for the lighting solution was to ensure a uniform illumination that covered the total area and complied fully with the relevant standards for road transport, cycle paths and pedestrian crossings.
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