ERCO Lichtbericht 72 Features OVI and Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art

Architect: Zaha Hadid, London
Associate Architect: KZF, Cincinnati,
Lighting technology: Office for Visual Interaction,
Inc. (OVI), Jean M. Sundin, Enrique Peiniger,
New York.

Neutral background or autonomous contrast – this key question regarding the role that to perform the architecture of the museum escapes any definite answer, in view of the growing heterogeneity of formats and means with which contemporary art is presented.  Also the new «Contemporary Arts Center »of Zaha Hadid in Cincinnati does not know offer a definitive solution to this problem, but in the unanimous opinion of the critics international architecture comes to be this a contribution for whose quality the discussion is seen elevated to a new level.

Here in the U.S. Midwest is established as material evidence, which is a work built by Zaha Hadid and in which she knows how to turn her explosive visions of space to a functional architecture, without for this reason he abandoned his lofty claims. On a plot of just 1000m2 in one of the busiest street crossings in what is Called the “Downtown” of Cincinnati, this architect dedicated herself to overlapping and overlapping galleries and administrative premises on six levels of such that it created about 8000m2 of surface Useful. Of this total, about 1600m2 correspond to galleries, of which none is equal to others regarding the layout in plan and height it means. Access is through the glassed-in anteroom, which is at the same level as to the street, and whose floor presents a curved transition towards the rear wall of the building. Between volume occupied by the galleries and the wall Later, an atrium with an acutangular glass roof was left free, which is the site for
where some ramp-type steel stairs zigzag up to each of the levels.

The lighting concept was adapted carefully to the complex geometry of this building. Spotlights on track are the classic solution adopted in galleries for flexible lighting. So that the luminaires do not were exposed directly to view, these rails are located in depressions of the roof. The planners chose Stella projectors for PAR lamps in different body sizes. Thanks to having chosen
for an endowment with a performance and corresponding characteristics, lighting supports subtle adaptation to varied shapes of the premises. The entire stock of projectors also has the extremely practical design features of the Stella family, such as fixable orientation axes or the Flip-up snoot for lamp change – a substantial argument aside from visual comfort and the quality of lighting, for a house that, Like the CAC, it is permanently hosting traveling exhibitions.

What role should size play architectural in museums: «neutral background or autonomous environments in front of »? Given the increasingly heterogeneous forms and media used in modern art, it is increasingly difficult to adequately answer this question basically. Not even the new «Contemporary Arts Center »in Cincinnati, designed by Zaha Hadid, solves this problem. However
according to the unanimous opinion of international critics of the world of architecture, it has contributed to the discussion on the subject taking it to a higher level.

In the American Middle West, Zaha Hadid with her building she testifies unequivocally that she has managed to transform hers explosive visions of space in a structure functional architectural without going down to compromises. From an area of ​​1000m2 scarce, located at a very busy intersection of the “Downtown” of Cincinnati, the architect has obtained a useful surface of 8000m2 creating a structure with interlocking and overlapping elements. Approximately 1600m2 of the surface are made up of galleries: one different from the other, either both as a plant and as a height. The entrance is located at street level: a glass foyer, whose floor with a slender curve yes transforms into the rear wall of the building. An atrium is thus created between this and the galleries a
increasingly narrow walls, with a cover glass, where the steel ramps are located stairs, which serve in a zigzag path the different floors until reaching the top of the building.

The lighting project has been studied carefully to answer the complex geometry of the building. In the galleries it was adopted the classic solution for lighting flexible, made with spotlights fixed on rails electrified. These were installed in channels recessed in the ceiling, so as not to be exposed directly to view. The designers have chosen Stella spotlights for PAR lamps with bodies of different sizes. The lamps they can be different, both in power and in features. In this way it is possible to differentiate the lighting by adapting it to the shape of the room. All the equipment of spotlights
therefore, in addition to visual comfort and excellent quality of light, it offers functional characteristics and design typical of the products of the family Stella: for example, the swiveling axles on fixed positions and the lowerable snoots for the change some lamps; are fundamental options for  an exhibition center like the CAC, which puts in scene always different reviews.

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