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place:ebeltoft, danimarca
lighting project:Viabizzuno/sevilpeach
technical sales consultant:jonathan morrish
photos:ed reeves
kvadrat, danish company that holds the leading position in high-quality textiles international market supplying architects and designers all over the world. kvadrat’s products reflect the firm’s commitment to colour, quality, simplicity and innovation. the firm consistently push the aesthetic, technological and functional properties of textiles, collaborating with leading designers, architects and artists including miriam bäckström, raf simons, ronan and erwan bouroullec, thomas demand, olafur eliasson, alfredo häberli, akira minagawa, peter saville, roman signer, as well as doshi levien and patricia urquiola. london-based architects sevilpeach has transformed kvadrat’s head office in ebeltoft which was commissioned from architects poulsen & therkildsen of aarhus in 1980. the red brick of the building echoes the local architectural vernacular, while the low profile of the structure sites it comfortably in the surrounding coastal landscape, essential in kvadrat’s use of colour, brought into the building through new floor-to-ceiling windows. in their redesign, sevilpeach unlocked the location’s potential to better reflect the company’s image, while enhancing the working experience on site: the canteen, where employees gather for ecologically home cooked meals, is the heart of the site; the communal space of the canteen has been extended into a new library area with a long table for dining and meeting, where soft seating areas and quiet workspaces look out onto the landscape. opened-up office spaces and studios encourage collaborative working; a new welcome area, social spaces and a library extend kvadrat’s family ethos. fabric and colour are the heroes of the site: high curtains are used as flexible boundaries for meeting rooms, as temporary dividers or to soften large open spaces, while loose families of colours and textures delineate five zones within the site – welcome, management, product, social space and studio – linked by a corridor running through the building. focal point of the headquarters is the spectacular 320sqm showroom, occupying a space formerly used for warehousing, allowing clients to explore kvadrat’s range of high-quality textiles and products, with tones and shades: entry is through an angled curtain wall, seven metres at its highest point, with doorways picked out in yellow trim. the display wall accommodates sixty linear meters of product, while a bespoke wall of retractable three metres curtains allows textiles to be shown as intended for use. within the showroom, Viabizzuno installed an intelligent system with a bespoke linear c2 with sensors that recognize which rail is in use and manage the light accordingly, ensuring fabric is displayed in the best way possible. sevilpeach wanted to use a common language of light fitting throughout the space, and chose Viabizzuno’s n55 as a unifying family of luminaires. the flexibility and range of the n55 were ideal as the same elements can be used in various mounting positions: either suspension, wall, floor-standing, ceiling and track. the specific n55 lamp-holder allows to change three types of light bulbs: classic, decorative and technical. the extensive range of decorative glasses appealed to sevil peach and kvadrat, as these assist in defining particular areas of the building, with various designs of shade matching the functions of the individual spaces. colour is central to the design, a light with the best in class colour rendering was therefore essential. n55 light source was the perfect choice and was used throughout the building to render the textiles and enhance the clarity of the interior. CRI (colour rendering index) of 98, an R9 value of 98, ies tm-30 with a colour fidelity index Rf 96 and a colour gamut index Rg 103 guarantee the quality of light. indeed it was crucial, particularly in the design studios and the showroom, where extensive tests were undertaken to ensure that the light rendered the real colour of the products, enabling the textile designers to work successfully.



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