Vienna’s Tiergarten Schönbrunn (Zoo) was awarded the Best Zoo in Europe in 2010, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2014, the Polar Bear World (Eisbärenwelt) exhibit was opened in great anticipation, adding polar bears to the famous zoo for the first time. Daylighting was a critical part of the design of the
The polar bear indoor retreat area was an essential part of the exhibit. The enclosure consists of rooms, cages, visitor tunnels, employee passages and a kitchen, and was built underground to maximize free space for the polar bears to roam around above ground. The retreat area consists of 4.3 m2, and was designed by architect, DI Peter Hartmann und DI Frank Leopold.
The builder and design team chose to daylight several areas of the underground enclosure with the Solatube Ø 53 cm, which is engineered specifically to deliver consistent daylight during the day. The visitor tunnel has two Solatube Ø 53 cm installed to allow guests to view the polar bears while they explore under water. The kitchen where food is prepared for the bears and passage for employees are all now illuminated by natural daylight with the use of the Solatube Daylighting Systems. A stairwell that adjoins the polar bear enclosure to the rain-forest house also had a Solatube installed to maximize daylight.
We are excited that we can install Solatube´s in the oldest Zoo from Austria. In this time we bring daylight in the underground when the keeper goes to the cages and in the kitchen they need no electrical light during the day.
The Beijing Science & Technology University Gymnasium provides accommodation for indoor sports. The largest sports hall in the complex has 2,400 m² of competition space and 8,000 seats.
During the 2008 Olympic Games the taekwondo and judo games were held in this hall, as well as the Paralympics wheelchair rugby and basketball.
China had set itself the goal of organizing the first 'green' Olympic Games. The architect W. Zhuang focused his design on an energy-efficient building.
Due to the steel frame roof with a roof construction of 8 metres and a ceiling height of 17 metres, the use of daylight initially seemed virtually impossible. Due to the extremely high reflection value of the Spectralight Infinity material in the tubes, daylight could easily be transported through the 8-metre roof construction. The obstacles in the roof were avoided with the help of bends. And with the obtained statement of use from Kiwa ISA Sport, Solatube meets the standards for indoor sports facilities of NOC * NSF. The sports halls are therefore suitable for both top athletes and educational institutions.
Compared to traditional daylight domes, the Solatube daylight systems have a unique advantage with a wider light angle and wide applicability. It reduces energy consumption and exceeds our environmental design goals. This ultimately benefits both athletes and spectators.
The Willem Alexander rowing course is located in the “ Eendragtspolder ” water storage area as part of the Rottemeren recreation area. The rowing course has been designed in collaboration with FISA in such a way that the highest requirements for international rowing are met. The course contains all the facilities for the Olympic Games and was officially opened in early 2013 by King Willem Alexander.
When constructing the building, sufficient daylight was taken into account in all new build areas. The large boat shed had a lack of light due to the absence of windows and although this problem could be solved with artificial lighting, the energy consumption cost for running the lights would be considerable.
The decision was made to install Solatube daylight systems into the shed. This sustainable system has an insulating effect, resulting in a reduction of noise and energy costs, whilst providing natural daylight which not only improves the environment within the shed but promotes sporting performance.
The boatshed has become a beautiful large space due to the daylight supply. In this way the rowers can quickly and easily find their boat and remove it from the rack.
Marianne Van Gheluwe and Peter Labens transformed the charming country house de Waaroost in Waardamme into the stylish Bed & Breakfast 'De Libellen van Waaroost'. The rooms were equipped with modern comfort, without influencing the well-known rich country style of architect Quackelbeen. You can enjoy the peace and there are various wellness packages for the underground hammam.
Daylight is very important for human well-being and therefore indispensable for a hammam. However, this Bed & Breakfast has an underground space, which means that daylight entry is not a matter of course.
Because the Solatube ECO variant is very well insulated, the heat within the wellness centre is retained and not lost. Daylight can enter the underground hammam unhindered through the Solatube systems, with special cellar transit, without curious eyes being able to see in.
The daylight below the ground creates a unique play of light with the fog and warm steam in the hammam. In the evenings, low-energy light bulbs ensure that the Solatubes turn into contemporary light fixtures, thereby ensuring both indoor and outdoor lighting and a pleasant effect, without disturbing their surroundings.
De Roek is a small-scale holiday park in a completely secluded location in the Veluwe woods just outside Otterlo. There are, among other things, sixteen Finnish holiday bungalows and a care farm. De Roek is focused on sustainability and uses solar panels, organic cleaning products, blankets and products in the store. In addition.
The holiday bungalows are all in a secluded location surrounded by trees which take a lot of light away from the windows. As a result, the kitchen areas in the bungalows were dark so electrical lights always had to be switched on.
A Ø 35 cm Solatube was installed into each bungalow providing much needed daylight, bringing the outside inside. In this way, guests retain the feeling of nature indoors. In addition, the Solatubes fit perfectly with De Roek's sustainability policy.
The first time I walked in after the Solatube installation, I thought the guests had left the lights on. With the impressive amount of daylight the Solatube provides the guests really now only need to use the electrical lights at night.
Zwin is a protected nature reserve in the Belgian town of Knokke-Heist on the border between Flanders and the Netherlands . What makes Zwin nature park special is that it is a nature reserve and visitor park all in one.
The nature park has an attractive and spacious visitor centre, however in some areas the building is not provided with enough daylight. A solution was sought to supplement the daylight in the relevant rooms. One of those spaces is a meeting room, however daylight is not always desirable in such a room, particularly when projector screen presentations are held. In addition, the products must meet the requirements set by BREEAM.
A total of 15 Solatubes were used to solve the shortage of daylight. Nine Solatubes were installed into the employees offices and the remaining six into the meeting room. The daylight systems in the meeting room were all equipped with a daylight dimmer so that the light level provided can be dimmed as required during presentations. The use of the Solatube daylight systems also contributed to the visitor centre meeting the BREEAM standards in the field of daylight.
The Dopersduin holiday home in Schoorl was built in the 1930s. The house is an inspiring environment for holidays, meetings and (school) groups. Dopersduin strives for environmentally conscious and sustainable business operations. This is also apparent from applications such as solar cells and geothermal heat. As a result, they have received the Green Key quality mark (an international quality mark for sustainable companies in the recreation and leisure industry).
The business operations of Dopersduin did not yet have a solution to reduce the energy consumption of the electrical lighting in the toilet areas of the dining room and meeting rooms. In the disabled, men's and ladies' toilets, the electrical lights were left switched on all day.
With the installation of six Solatube Ø 25 cm equipped with TechLED , the energy consumption is now as low as it can possibly be. The TechLED is set to the desired light level of 60 lux in combination with a motion detection sensor which with sufficient daylight results in a maximum consumption during the night of 7.5 W.
For years I have been impressed by the performance of the Solatube daylight system. With the introduction of the TechLED the system was complete for me. The result is just as good as I expected.
The Victoria and Albert (V&A) Dundee Museum, in Scotland, was built in 2015 in Craig Harbor. As the first specially designed museum in Scotland and the only other V&A museum anywhere in the world outside of London, V&A Dundee offers a place of inspiration, discovery and learning through its mission to enrich lives through design.
One of the most important challenges we were confronted with was how to deliver natural light to the main lobby: a double height area with unusual angular walls and small horizontal windows, partially screened by the prefabricated panels.
60 Solatube Daylight Systems have beeninstalled to enrich the building with natural light. To achieve a "floating" look, the 4 metre long tubes are laminated externally in a specific shade of grey to match the underside of the roof structure, making the systems virtually invisible.
Daylight dimmers were integrated into the Solatube systems to provide full control of the daylight level within the area to suit the requirements of the particular exhibition.
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The designer of the museum wanted to use the purest light source, the sun, but did not want to use traditional skylights that create light spots that move according to the angle of the sun and can be dazzling, therefore causing indifferent visual disturbances.
The aim of the Dutch architect Maurice Nio who conceived the project was very clear: to make the Pecci Museum a cultural centre for modern and contemporary art on an international scale. The light designer Bernardo D'Ippolito was able to realize the vision of Nio by filtering the natural light from above with Solatubes that provide diffused daylight without changing the colour spectrum of natural light.
78 Solatube Ø 35 cm systems were installed, providing the natural diffused light space. The use of Solatube ensures natural light without UV rays and blocks most infrared (IR) rays.
Van der Valk White Mountains is a beautiful hotel located between Hilversum and Laren on the A1. This hotel has an extensive restaurant and various meeting rooms. De Witte Bergen does everything to provide its guests with all the conveniences. This also includes a healthy working and living environment.
The indoor corridor between the meeting rooms serves as a relaxation room after a long meeting or as a charging moment between a number of sessions. However, this corridor is not provided with daylight which is essential for a healthy space.
The solution was the Solatube Ø 53 cm system.
The Ø 53 cm was deliberately chosen to get the most daylight around 12 o'clock during the day. By using the Optiview ceiling diffusers, illumination to the walls and ceiling is maximised, creating a spatial effect.
To keep the light level uniform during both the day and evening compared to the rest of the building, lighting fixtures have been integrated in the Solatubes as an extra option. This provides a two in one daytime and night-time solution from the single ceiling fitting (diffuser).
In between meetings it is wonderful to relax in the corridor, have a cup of coffee and recharge yourself for the next meeting. Daylight helps enormously with this