Church St. Maria Magdalena Mengelrode
Purist light between altar and organ
mawa is regularily commissioned to design the technical lighting systems in sacred buildings. Their individual architecture, atmosphere, and structural challenges always demand tactfull planning and special solutions.
In the case of the Catholic Church, in the Thuringian town of Mengelrode, the participants decided to design the existing white space considerably more pared down than before. Decorative elements were greatly reduced and central elements, such as the elevated ambo, baptismal font, cross and Mary devotional, received a modern interpretation.
The historic lights, each with three glass shades mounted on turned shafts, were also simplified. Today they find themselves thematically reinterpreted by mawa in three profile sections, fitted with three lights each. They highlight the floor and ceiling of the main room between altar and organ by way of targeted lighting control. The continuous, indirect element located on the top of the light required an alternative cabling solution – no problem for mawa.
The lower side aisles were equipped with surface-mounted lights from the same wittenberg 4.0 series, thus maintaining the overall lighting quality. Especially powerful seventies spotlights emphasize the four gold leaf tablets behind the altar, their arrangement visually giving rise to the cross.