Public Debate @ ANCB

Lighting the Global Workspace

Friday, 20 February 2015, 4:00 pm

ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Christinenstr. 18-19 (Pfefferberg), 10119 Berlin


The modern office represents a space where knowledge is assembled, shared and generated in temporary constellations of changing work groups. These loose networks often comprise people with different cultural backgrounds, experiences and expertise. The office space needs to offer specific qualities to help cultivate these differences and to strengthen the efficiency and wellbeing of the knowledge worker. Innovative lighting solutions for contemporary office environments are an absolute necessity today. But how does light influence the quality of office work? ANCB and Zumtobel initiated a global research study on light and lighting in the contemporary office environment. Five research teams of universities from Australia, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia have been involved in the study. The goal of the study was to understand diverse lighting situations around the globe and their potential for innovation. Ten office spaces in Sydney, Medellín, Berlin, Lagos and Manila were analyzed. One work environment per city was chosen by a jury based on itsvisionary potential to be investigated further during a professional workshop week in Berlin. The workshop week will close with this symposium.



The symposium will aim to highlight different aspects of the complex interrelations between light, space, work performance, wellbeing and productivity, taking into account the technological, creative, geographic and psychological aspects. It invites international experts as well as the public to discuss questions concerned with: how can we plan integrative lighting concepts for workspaces effectively within our current planning processes? What is the effect of light on the employee of the future?  How do we perceive our spatial work environment through lighting layouts? The challenges and projects of the research will be introduced as well as the refinement towards a local-orientated response during the workshop week. To finish off, the winner of the research workshop week will be announced, followed by the exhibition opening with the finalists projects.

Documentation on the process and workshop of this unique global research collaboration can be found at:

ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory