Color Composition

The HafenCity University U-Bahn-Station in Hamburg, Germany designed by Munich-based practices Raupach Architekten and Pfarre Lighting Design.

Raupach Architekten and Pfarré Lighting Design drew inspiration from Hamburg’s architectural features and function as a port city in their design of the new HafenCity University subway station. Gunmetal steel panels line the station walls recalling the patina of a ship’s hull. This, in concert with the light emitted from the 12 light boxes suspended over the subway platform, recalls the shimmering effect of water, and is a nod to the harbor above.

The light boxes are a visual reference point throughout the station with its 30-foot-high ceilings.

Metal halide downlights provide illumination at the ticket vending machines.

The light boxes are each equipped with two distinct lighting systems: fluorescent luminaires located along the bottoms of the containers provide illumination to the subway platform and RGB LEDs infuse the side and end panels of each container with a wash of color.

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