Terminal 2 – Munich airport: Lighting up the gateway to the world
Function combined with a clear architectural concept
The property. Munich airport (MUC) is constantly expanding and Ludwig Leuchten is with it every step of the way. The family business was already involved in the original construction of Terminal 2, which cost €1.5 billion and entered operation in 2003. Ever since, its 6000 luminaires have provided perfect light. More than a decade later, Ludwig Leuchten was once again invited to prepare for take-off as final preparations were made for the new satellite building next to Terminal 2. The building will need to cater to the needs of up to 11 million passengers per year and the lighting experts from Ludwig Leuchten have been helping to create the right atmosphere. The extension is scheduled to come into use in April 2016 after a construction period of 2½ years.
Lighting concept for various functional areas
The brief. Ludwig Leuchten was asked to light up the central area and the arrivals hall, including all access areas and even the platforms edges in the underground railway.
The solution. The project involved ensuring function and architectural form work hand in hand. An example of this is the central area, where it was not just important to provide basic illumination. The experts from Ludwig Leuchten made changes to the Type 931 suspended luminaire to make it possible to integrate smoke detectors and sprinklers into specially developed junction units – without compromising on appearance. Despite this, all light ribbons are uninterrupted. They also include an emergency lighting system. To illuminate escalators running down to the central platform, a special lighting solution was developed so that luminaires could be integrated into columns down the side. This involved fitting high-performance LEDs in tubes with relatively small openings and lenses. Ludwig Leuchten also came up with some ingenious ideas for the lighting on the platform edges in the underground station, for ceiling lights in the arrivals area and for lighting on the ceilings and walls along corridors. As requested, this enhances the smooth operation of the airport and underscores the clear architectural concept.