GE Announces Winners of Coveted 27th Annual GE Edison Award: Schulz and Rotsch of Licht Kunst Licht AG Win 2009 GE Edison Award

LAS VEGAS, Nev., May 12, 2010 — (NYSE: GE) — The 2009 GE Edison Award was presented to Andreas Schulz and Alexander Rotsch of Licht Kunst Licht AG (Bonn, Germany) for lighting EnBW City in Stuttgart, Germany. A personalized Steuben crystal award for the 27th annual lighting design competition was presented by GE Lighting on May 11, 2010 in Las Vegas. The GE Edison Award competition is open to those lighting professionals who creatively employ significant use of GE light sources (lamps and/or LEDs) in a lighting design project completed during the previous calendar year. 

Light is energy, and energy is the business of EnBW, the third largest supplier of power, gas and water in Germany. And energy is made tangible throughout their new headquarters complex, the EnBW City, designed by architect Lars Klatte from the firm RKW Rhode Kellermann Wawrowsky.

Inside the entry hall, a luminous cloud of polished aluminum wire and innumerable xenon light points defines the visual center of the space. Complemented by two water feature walls, it forms a narrative approach to the theme of energy. The mirrored surfaces of the glass and water enhance the brilliance of the space.

Full glazing allows plenty of daylight into the entry hall. Grouped in sets of four, downlights with GE 70-watt ConstantColor® CMH® T6 3000 K ceramic metal halide lamps are attached to the roof structure, and provide light and shadow. The concept of strongly directional light is continued in the waiting area. Reflected light from floor surfaces brightens ceilings and the underside of the connecting bridge. GE T5 Starcoat® Ecolux® 3500 K fluorescent lamps, mounted in the stair stringers, provide a functional layer of light while accentuating the shape of the stairway.

An additional Forum building houses meeting rooms and a staff cafeteria, arranged around a four-story atrium. To emphasize the height of the space, tight rows of GE 35-watt CMH T6 ceramic metal halide lamps, housed within an in-ground trough, graze monolithic service ducts. A string of downlights at the roof structure crowns the lighting effect and continues the strong directional lighting theme established in the entry hall and waiting area.

The lighting design exemplifies architectural integration and more than meets strict European regulations for power consumption.

A prestigious panel of five judges selected this year's winning entry for its superiority in the following categories: functional excellence; architectural compatibility; effective use of state-of-the-art lighting products and techniques; appropriate color, form and texture revelation; energy effectiveness and cost effectiveness.

Judges for this 27th annual competition were:
David H. Boldt, LC, GE Lighting; Jill Klores, LC, Essential Light Design Studio; Jeffrey I. L. Miller, IALD, Pivotal Lighting Design; Patrick Rimoux, Patrick Rimoux – Light Sculptor; and Steven Rosen, Available Light.

The winning project was one of five Awards of Excellence finalists. The other Awards of Excellence winners were: 1100 First Street NE (Washington, DC, USA) designed by George Sexton Associates (Washington, DC, USA); Emil Schumacher Museum (Hagen, Germany) designed by Andreas Schulz and Tanja Baum of Licht Kunst Licht AG (Bonn, Germany); Novartis Campus Maki Office Building (Basel, Switzerland) designed by Andreas Schulz, Martina Weiss and Thomas Möritz of Licht Kunst Licht AG (Bonn, Germany); and MUAC University Museum of Contemporary Art (México City, México) designed by Gustavo Avilés and Juan Carlos Martinez of Lighteam, Gustavo Avilés, S.C. (D.F. México City, México).

Also presented at the GE Edison Awards ceremony were five Awards of Merit, three Awards for Excellence in Environmental Design, one Award for Residential Design – Excellence, one Award for Residential Design – Merit, and one Special Citation.

2009 GE Edison Awards of Merit
Poplar Creek Public Library (Streamwood, Ill., USA)Leslie M. North Aurora Lighting Design, Inc. (Grayslake, Ill., USA)
The Delegation of Ismaili Imamat (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)Suzanne PowadiukSuzanne Powadiuk Design (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Goucher College Athenaeum (Towson, Md., USA)George Sexton Associates(Washington, D.C., USA)
Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Houston, Texas, USA)Andrew A. Powell, Chip Israel and Hanna Son Lighting Design Alliance (Long Beach, Calif., USA)
Connecticut Science Center (Hartford, Conn., USA)Francesca Bettridge, Michael Hennes and Alexis Arnoldi Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design Inc. (New York, N.Y., USA)
2009 GE Edison Awards for Excellence in Environmental Design
MUAC University Museum of Contemporary Art (México City, México)Gustavo Avilés and Juan Carlos Martinez Lighteam, Gustavo Avilés, S.C. (D.F. México City, México)
Focal Point Headquarters (Chicago, Ill., USA)Carla Bukalski Focal Point (Chicago, Ill., USA)
Tualatin Public Library (Tualatin, Ore., USA)Earl F. Levin KEYLIGHT + SHADOW (Lake Oswego, Ore., USA) Jon Schleuning SRG Partnership (Portland, Ore., USA)
2009 GE Edison Award for Residential Design - Excellence
Oceanfront Estate (The Caribbean)Sean O'Connor and Martha Lopacki Sean O'Connor Lighting (Beverly Hills, Calif., USA)
2009 GE Edison Award for Residential Design - Merit
Unexpected Discovery(Aspen, Colo., USA)Deborah Witte Witte|Ayotte light (Carbondale, Colo., USA)
2009 GE Edison Award - Special Citation
Virtual Restoration of San Agustin's Church (Zacatecas, Zacatecas, México)Elias Cisneros 333 Luxes (Mérida, Yucatán, México) Georgina Salazar GA Illuminación (Mérida, Yucatán, México) Valy Tremblay Proluxon (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

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