Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8° Ost
Is it a ship? Is it a cloud? In the "old/new port" of Bremerhaven there is an unusual building offering a trip around the world. The building, designed by architect Thomas Klumpp, houses the Klimahaus which was opened in June 2009. A tour takes visitors through different climate zones, along the 8 degrees east line of longitude. When evening comes tiny dots of light appear on the glass façade. These artificial stars get brighter and brighter, creating the illusion of a starlit sky combined with wind and water. Lighting designer Gerd Pfarré has successfully married aesthetics with symbolism in his concept of thematic connections.
Creating this nighttime scene on the 125 meter long and 82 meter wide building with its 10,000 square meters of glass was an enormous challenge in terms of programming and implementation. An incredible sixteen kilometers of cabling were installed to connect the 2000 individually controllable light sources to the dynamic system. Software was written specially for this project to enable these huge quantities to be properly marshaled. So Bremerhaven now has a new landmark – a firmament on the glass skin of the Klimahaus.