Axo Light’s Bell lamps illuminate the foyer of The Edge, the world’s most environmentally-sustainable building
The building, called The Edge, was officially inaugurated this past 29th May in Amsterdam, and it is currently a one-of-a-kind example of environmental sustainability in the world.
The Edge, whose surface area of over 40,000 m2 hosts the Deloitte financial and tax consulting headquarters and the law firm AKD, obtained several awards even before its opening, including the highest score ever attributed to an eco-sustainable building by the Building Research Establishment (98.36%) and the new BREEAM certificate issued by the Dutch Green Bulding Council. For its construction, the most sophisticated technologies were used which, with the minimum environmental impact and taking full advantage of the natural resources, have made it possible to develop an architectural project in sync with nature and with man.
Solar panels installed on the roof and on the facades produce enough electricity to cover the needs of all the offices in the building; heating and cooling are controlled through a geothermal system located 130 metres below ground level; the position of the building was studied so as to take full advantage of sunlight, while rainwater is collected for irrigation purposes as well as for the toilet services.
The Edge was designed by PLP Architecture and built by OVG Real Estate, while the solar energy part was managed by the University of Amsterdam and equipped with an innovative lighting system developed by Philips. This list of illustrious names also includes the Italian company Axo Light, located in the Veneto region, which supplied nine white Bell lamps in an extra large version that light up the impressive foyer of the building.
During the five years that have passed since it was first launched on the market, the Bell lamp has been chosen for a large variety of projects, ranging from private homes, hotels up to public buildings. Bell was one of the first models of the Lightecture line, conceived in 2010 as an answer to the specific requests of the contract sector: in fact, thanks to Lightecture Axo Light not only offers a wide selection of catalogue products, but it is also capable of customising the lamps and adapt them to all kinds of projects. Bell, available as a pendant lamp, ceiling lamp and wall-mounted lamp, consists of a metal structure hand-wrapped in ribbons of super-smooth, fireproof pongè fabric. The pendant lamp, with its bell shape, features an imposing and evocative structure that is well suited for environments such as hotels, restaurants and other contract settings. In its smaller dimensions, Bell is also perfectly suited for private spaces. It is available in ten colours, various sizes (with diameter ranging from 45 to 180 cm) and multiple variants of light sources.
Project: The Edge building
Design: PLP Architecture
Construction: OVG Real Estate
Lighting Project: ETK Lighting
Photographs: Lida Chaulet and Ronald Tilleman
Information & images by courtesy of Axo Light
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