Realised: 2017 Client: Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Oberschule Photos: Andreas Meichsner Fotografie Project type: listed building, custom-made sign
The Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Oberschule is a school located in the area of Tempelhof-Schöneberg in Berlin. They came to us with the request to become visible from afar and show their presence in the neighborhood. For this, they where seeking a creative solution that was in line with the restrictions for listed buildings and integrated well into the historical facade.
We created an aluminium folded back lit custom-made sign, with the initials of the the schools name: “MELO”. Due to the centered folding, the sign gets a 3D effect. Through this playing with the perception of the viewer, unfolding the letters as they pass by. During the day as during the night, the material changes color depending on the viewing angle. Enhancing the optical illusion.
Moreover, the depth the sign plays with the plasticity of the niche and replaces a former statue. The warm white back-lit letters lend a warm glow to the reddish historical brick facade. As for the technic, the lighting is linked to a sensor and a dimmer that switches on with the beginning of dawn and automatically switches off in the evening, in order to not disturb neighbors and reduce light pollution at night.