Underpass Marchivum, Mannheim

  • task:
  • path and design of the underpass at the MARCHIVUM in Mannheim
  • awarding authority:
  • City Mannheim
  • procedure type:
  • competition 2016, invited, 1st Prize
  • size:
  • 350 sqm (backlight display)
  • status:
  • currently in planning
  • technical planner:
  • envue homburg licht (lighting design) |
  • team:
  • Anna Sieveking von Borck
  • visualization:
  • netzwerkarchitekten
  • A public art installation in the pedestrian underpass at the the historic World War II bunker, Ochsenpferchbunker, will meld the his-toric with the City of Mannheim’s modern identity. It brings today’s vibrancy and energy to the historic preservation site. The bunker itself has been converted to a City archive and exhibition center.

    A 90m long strip of aluminum plates lining one wall of the underpass will display reproductions of historic symbols and modern graffiti. Some works are reproduced in dot-matrix, others are translated in line drawings. Ceiling-mounted LED cylindrical lights and strategically installed LED spotlights accentuate the art during the day. The aluminum plates are perforated so that at night, LED backlighting shines through, creating a warm, colorful glow.

    The installation is truly complete at night, when sharp-edged GOBO projections of the perforated patterns in the aluminum shine on the opposite, bunker-side wall of the underpass. Possible over-paintings may also enhance the bunker-side wall. Continuing the layered quali-ty of the installation, a dynamically-programmed colored light course is part of the installation. The unusual light experience stages and strengthens the motif sequence and strengthens the new identity of the urban space of the underpass to the MARCHIVUM Mannheim!