A new ceiling light spanning the counter hall at Valiant Bank, Bahnhofplatz in Bern has been backlit by Tridonic’s Tunable White LED technology to create a dramatic centrepiece. After eight months of refurbishment, the 1913 listed building has been totally refurbished by Rykart Architeken AG to bring the building up to present day standards.
One of the major decisions of the project was to reinstate the light ceiling in the counter hall but instead of using daylight, the large format ceiling panels are backlit by Tridonic’s Tunable white which picks up on the dynamic properties of natural light but enables variable light colours to be created.
To gain more office space on the upper floors, the light ceiling was closed in the 1970’s but the refurbishment of the existing ceiling has included 36 light emitting coffers measuring 90 x 90cm each. While a return to a completely daylight ceiling was not possible, efficient LED technology, which now backlights the ceiling panels, pick up on the stunning centrepiece which takes its inspiration from nature and simulates the changes in natural daylight over the course of a day.