It is located directly opposite the main train station – the new Volksbank area in Freiburg with a total of 43,000 square meters of gross floor space. The construction brings together various uses in one large building complex and houses not only the Volksbank Freiburg, but also foundations of the Archdiocese of Freiburg, the St. Ursula High School, the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, and additional office spaces. The design by Hadi Teherani Architects envisaged a façade concept that bundles the various functions into a homogeneous envelope. The lamella structure of the façade is therefore conceived throughout as an abstract image of a tree landscape, and its design refers to the nearby Black Forest.
Thanks to the accentuated lighting design in the facade, the Volksbank area can't be missed even in the dark. For this purpose, "LED-LightLines" of the ADO Lights brand from TTC Timmler Technology were used, which provide discreet design accents. The lighting concept was developed by lighting designer Daniel Walden, a partner at AG Licht, in close consultation with Hadi Teherani Architects. Already one year before completion, various sampling sessions took place on the outside of the building in order to test the desired visual effects. The vertically arranged "LED-LightLines" are integrated as a matter of course into the anodized aluminum slats that make up the facade. Special profiles were made for this purpose in order to integrate the luminaires from ADO Lights as inconspicuously as possible into the slat structure. In addition, there are horizontally arranged " LED-LightLines" at the entrance area of the hotel, which, together with the rest of the facade lighting, add up to almost 1000 linear meters of dimmable light strips.
The lighting concept is also continued in the interior: The "LED-LightLines", for example, decorate the ceiling in the Volksbank's counter hall as a luminous barcode. In the area of the cash counters, their vertical arrangement ensures uniform illumination. And they are also to be found in the staircase of the hotel in the form of an abstract treescape. Another luminaire family used in the interior is "LED Gallery": these are elegant downlights installed in the ceiling as strips of three, six or twelve. In addition, the LED spotlights "Aurora" provide a punctual light at selected points. In the chapel of St. Ursula's High School, which is also part of the Volksbank area, the "Linargo" LED luminaire provides atmospheric light in the form of a curved wreath. It can also be recessed into the ceiling, as in the auditorium of the high school, is available in different dimensions or different shapes, and can also be used as a discreet, glare-free pendant luminaire above a reception counter. Finally, the luminaires from ADO Lights can also be found in the reinterpretation of the Volksbank logo by Hadi Teherani: with a width of 4.25 meters and a height of 3.50 meters, it is the final element in the lighting design of the Volksbank area, which now shines in fresh splendor.