In Pforzheim, einem Zentrum der Schmuckindustrie, liegen die „Schmuckwelten“ der Sparkasse Pforzheim Calw. Der auch wegen seiner Lichtgestaltung populäre Gebäudekomplex beherbergt Büros, Geschäfte und ein Museum. Die hinterleuchteten Glasflächen vermitteln neben hoher Wertigkeit ein neuartiges Raumgefühl.
The “Jewellery World, Pforzheim” houses museum, shopping and office spaces spread across different parts and levels of the building.
The shape of “Design World Jewellery Gallery” is defined purely by the purist furnishing of Vitrines with merging walls and ceiling that are backlit. The gleaming jewellery artefacts are displayed in front of the optical background of the water motif emulating immersed caskets in the sea.
The lighting technique is based on a dexterously deviant combination of T5 lamps and over 80,000 RGB-LEDs. Each light scene is exactly programmed to guarantee an optimal flexibility concerning light effect, colour temperature, light colour and dynamic illumination in different zones of the building. The high power LEDs allow a large variety of colour and brilliance of light. The absence of any profiles at the glass panels allows a homogeneous light on the backlit surface. This blurs the space’s borderlines creating a new dimension for the perception of light and architecture. The space is initially illuminated in fresh blue tones of crystalline water and later resembles a golden river under the light of sunset, upon whose banks the shops flourish.Any additional ceiling lamps, which would have disturbed the impression of the space has been sensitively avoided. The paramount aim is to achieve a functionally appropriate lighting for the building and rational use of coloured light. The essential illumination of the building has been intensified to a singularly spellbinding spatial experience.
The “Light Gallery” is a long and narrow corridor that conducts from the revitalised “Industriehaus” to the “Design World Jewellery Gallery” and finally the “Neubau West” is the architectural connection between the two parts of the building. The light completes the architecture and merges its individual parts. The building’s interior awakes to an overall artwork with the resplendent jewellery and light.