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The Dreikönigskirche shines in new light

02.02.2024 | 12:10 Clock | Favorite places
The Dreikönigskirche shines in new light

The Dreikönigskirche is now more visible in the dark

Sachsenhausen monument is appropriately illuminated

The Dreikönigskirche shines: The illumination of the listed building will enable the neo-Gothic church and its 81-metre-high tower to be appropriately represented in the city skyline again in future. Until now, the church in Sachsenhausen was barely visible in the dark, even from the nearby banks of the Main. With the LED illumination of the Dreikönigskirche, another important component of the Illumination Stadtraum Main has been completed.

"Outstanding monuments such as the Dreikönigskirche should also remain visible in the cityscape at night and, like the cathedral, form a contrast to the brightly lit high-rise buildings," says Bastian Bergerhoff, the city treasurer responsible for the churches. "I am therefore very pleased that from Tuesday, February 6, the historic building can be appropriately illuminated with sustainable LED lights."

"The façade lighting accentuates important parts of the church and illuminates them in such a way that the church and its proportions look the same at night as they do during the day," explains Marcus Gwechenberger, Head of Planning and Housing. "The next step will be to redesign the surrounding area from this fall and upgrade the square next to the church." The upcoming square design and illumination is a project of the Schöneres Frankfurt program and is intended to complete the renovation of the Dreikönigskirche and thus create a uniform design ensemble for this special place.

The illumination was planned and implemented in close cooperation between the city planning office, the technology project area of the Office for Construction and Real Estate and the monument preservation department. The church renovation as such was implemented by the Office for Construction and Real Estate on behalf of the Treasury and Tax Office.

The commissioned lighting designer, Christian Uitz from Raumlabor Frankfurt, who developed the lighting concept for this special building in Frankfurt's cityscape with great sensitivity and expertise, was keen to emphasize the special features of the neo-Gothic architecture while still creating a calm appearance worthy of the monument.

The illumination of the Dreikönigskirche was implemented in advance, before the square was redesigned, in parallel with the tower refurbishment so that the elaborate tower scaffolding could also be used. The LED luminaires used ensure that the lighting is as long-lasting, low-maintenance and sustainable as possible. Care was taken to ensure that the light color underlines the materiality of the church and does not create any effects of its own. The total cost of the illumination is around 594,000 euros.

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