Photo: Jan Bitter
Photo: Jan Bitter

Deutsche Oper Berlin

Foyer with custom-made »seventies 70’s« track spotlight

Since 2010, lights from mawa enable the foyer of the German Opera, in Berlin-Charlottenburg, to shine. The lighting planners were able to revive the architectural character of the 1960’s with these custom-made lights.

Project Developer and Client

Stiftung Oper in Berlin – Deutsche Oper Berlin


Beer Architekten Berlin

Lighting design

Jan Dinnebier und Jan Blieske


Jan Bitter

Scope of services

16 × contact track Spotlight
HIT 20W, with borosilicate glas

16 × contact track Spotlight
socket GY6,35, IRC 35W, with borosilicate glas and honeycomb grid

15 × contact track Spotlight with bracket 600 mm,
for 1-circuit track, socket GY6,35 for QT12 65W, incl. Control gear in housing,
powder-coated DB701, honeycomb grid silver

6 × contact track Spotlight
for 3-circuit track, QT12/65, wittenberg-head in cylindrical housing,inkl. Control gear, lamp, clear cover glass and honeycomb grid

4 × 4-fold surface mounted spotlight
1040 × 140 × 200 mm, 4× PGJ5 for 20W HIT Master Colour PHILIPS, 2× LED emergency light module, graphite black (RAL 9011)

Photo: Jan Bitter | Deutsche Oper Berlin

Three different lighting types were created for this project. Among others, the precursor to our seventies 70`s catalogue product is perched atop a long cantilever arm extending over the interior gallery parapet. It illuminates a large portion of the space, which is perfect for all kinds of events on account of its generous size.

Martin Wallroth, the managing director of mawa, developed the briefing for the seventies 70’s track-mounted spotlight from this original task, which has been in serial production now since 2014. Over the intervening years, an entire lighting range has been developed. Now, the seventies 70’s plus models, with their various performance levels and wide array of accessories, including focusing units, illuminate the most prestigious museums around the world. No wonder these icons are the favorites of copycats.

Photo: Jan Bitter