Gallery: Hamburg’s New HafenCity Subway Station is Lit with Shipping Co...

Munich-based lighting company Pfarre Lighting Design is reinventing the lighting systems of European subway stations, and the firm's latest work in Hamburg has a chic, futuristic aesthetic. The new Hafencity University Subway Station was designed by Raupach Architekten and synthesized by the designs of Pfarre Lighting Design. The station is lit with creative colors, materials, and most of all, energy-saving LED lights.

The new HafenCity subway station’s design is industrial in nature, and the gravity-defying installation of 6-ton boxes above the platform create a modern ambiance. The light boxes are made from steel frames and translucent panels. They’re designed to be the same size as a standard shipping container, and as if mimicking the subway trains themselves they hang perfectly spaced in a row.

Each box is illuminated by 280 individual RGB LED emitters, giving both energy efficiency and diversity of color to the lighting design. The lighting within the station can change to create an ambiance that reflects the season, time of day, or even the subway station manager’s mood. Brilliant blues, oranges, purples, and reds help to give life and light to what could have been just another mundane subway station. Cheers to Pfarre Lighting Design for thinking outside of the box, while bringing light inside the box.

+ pfarre lighting design


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