“Here where my delusions have found peace, let this place be named Wahnfried.” This inscription is to be read on the front of the villa where composer and author Richard Wagner lived and worked in Bayreuth. The fact that the words are written in gold and the freestanding position of “Villa Wahnfried” clearly underscore the building’s dominating position in the complex that today accommodates the Richard-Wagner-Museum. Staab Architekten took on the challenge of creating an appropriate counterpart for the freestanding building: a single-story steel extension with broad glass fronts. It extends out unobtrusively along the original site boundary alongside the main building. Consequently, it stands alone and without detracting from the charm of the historical complex. It is only when you walk through it that the size of the building becomes apparent: In addition to the alternating shows on the ground floor, exhibits on the basement level tell the story of the Bayreuth Festival.
To create the ideal presentation, the planners at LichtKunstLicht selected over 200 mini spotlights with round ceiling-recessed housings by Ado Lights. Swivel-mounted by means of magnets, “LED Luc” can be adjusted to suit almost any lighting requirements, making it ideal for a museum. Boasting a modular design and a choice of replaceable lenses, reflectors and color temperatures, it provides the perfect lighting situation for every exhibit. Simultaneously, as the light is free of UV rays hardly any heat is generated, ensuring the valuable objects remain protected. And honeycomb mesh attachments deflect glare so that visitors can observe the valuable collection in detail. Finally, the luminaires’ steel housing is either white or black to fit in with the respective setting, so that they virtually blend into the background. (am)