Light experience in Burgenland
The proprietors of newly-opened restaurant “Das Fritz” have spared no efforts in making the place sensational. Starting with its location: “Das Fritz” is situated directly on the banks of Lake Neusiedl, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and lies in the middle of a huge nature reserve. The restaurant even boasts its own marina. Architects Halbritter & Hillerbrand have done justice to this special site by developing a design that nestles into the waterfront and employs materials which forge a strong link to the surroundings. They have equipped the two sides of the two-story building facing the lake with a panorama window facade, and in front of these a large terrace provides both a great view and enough space for many al fresco diners. The restaurant and bar are housed in the ground floor of the new build. Above this is the restaurant’s highlight, the so-called “top deck,” an event space spanning 650 square meters with a quite breathtaking view of the lake.
Architects and contractors searched for ambitious lighting solutions for their project. And found what they were looking for at Artemide: The manufacturer has provided the entire lighting system for “Fritz”. The outdoor luminaire “Piroscafo” and the “Megara” recessed floor fixtures light up the building’s entrance and terraces. Over 60 “Tagora” lights hang from the ceiling in the restaurant. Here, Artemide clearly demonstrates its ability to provide custom-made one-off solutions: Specially for this project, the Tagora’s reflectors are finished in a gold hue that matches the wall color. The most exciting lighting solution Artemide developed was for the “top deck”. In order to ensure the zone could be used for a diversity of functions (events, shows, lectures, weddings) the manufacturer deployed its Light over Time (LoT) technology for the first time in Austria. In total, 18 LoT spot lights designed by Tapio Rosenius are deployed in the building; these serve as universal projectors for the a broad array of different lighting scenarios. They are programmed and controlled with the aid of the LoT software, which allows users to effortlessly define light color, intensity, direction of light movement, speed and efficiency- all simply using a PC tablet. The parameters can be monitored in real time using the preview function. In this way, at the “Fritz” Artemide has created an events area where the lighting technology can be flexibly adapted to a range of different needs. (fap)