More than 400 visitors from Europe, Middle East and Africa gathered on May 24 in occasion of Zumtobel Group’s event at the company’s Light Forum in Dornbirn, Austria. “Live.Light”, as it is called, not only displayed the various brands of the Group, but it was also focused on sustainable lighting design – something that Zumtobel has close to its heart.
The Austrian Light Forum is not only a mere building. Here, the Group organizes conferences, events, workshops, and it is also a place for working with fellow colleagues. This 4,000-sq. m events hub is no random location; as Alfred Felder – Zumtobel Group’s CEO – states, the Forum is:
“a unique place of exchange and co-working. [...] Being able to show customers and partners the Zumtobel Group’s broad brand spectrum in person again and to provide impressive light experiences is a highlight in the Light Forum’s young history”.
In addition to keynotes on sustainability and design, the specialist audience was offered workshops on sustainable architecture, light pollution and digital services, light as infrastructure and new work. These topics were also the focus of Zumtobel Group Award, the winners of which were awarded on this same occasion.
The sixth edition of the award – targeted towards future-oriented developments to improve the quality of life and sustainability in the built environment – produced three winning projects that address these issues with different project/design typologies: La Borda Housing Cooperative by Lacol, an architecture cooperative from Barcelona, is a wooden construction for collective living, and it was recognized with the first prize in the “Buildings” category; Whole Block Outcomes: Rehabilitating Baltimore, an urban affordable housing plan of the Initiative Black Women Build convinced the jury in the “Urban Developments & Initiatives” category; finally, this year’s “Special Prize for Innovation” went to the Circular Construction Lab of Cornell University (USA) for their RhinoCircular software tool.