Entrepreneur Würth creates an architectural monument to his wife
The Carmen Würth Forum is an impressive monument erected by German-Austrian businessman, Reinhold Würth, in honor of his wife, Carmen. In 2017, it was awarded the Hugo Häring Prize by the Association of German Architects BDA Baden-Württemberg. English architect, David Chipperfield designed the art and culture center, which is attractively illuminated by BEGA luminaires.
After 18 months of construction, the Carmen Würth Forum officially opened on July 18, 2017, Carmen Würth’s 80th birthday. From the moment visitors arrive, they are guided to the Forum by BEGA luminaires. Shielded bollards are installed along the hilly pathways, leading to the entrance. With their high degree of illuminance and wide-beam light distribution, the bollards light the path and provide structure as they illuminate the lawns, pathways, and sculptures.
Both around the building and in the sculpture garden, there are numerous works by renowned artists such as Niki de Saint Phalle and Tony Cragg. One sculpture of two tightly intertwined people is on display in the courtyard where BEGA in-ground luminaires with asymmetric light distribution subtly light the courtyard walls, leaving the sculpture in shadow for a dramatic lighting effect. In the covered walkway connecting the Carmen Würth Forum and the Museum Würth 2, BEGA recessed ceiling downlights with symmetric light distribution accentuate the architecture.
To recreate the pathway lighting expertise showcased in this project, check out our recent article Lighting a Path with Bollards, and learn more about how to enhance your lighting design using these diverse luminaires.