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    Safe and inviting German railway 


    Architectural lighting for underpasses

    See how railway underpasses can become safe and inviting
    Köln Marzellenstraße

    The underpasses 
    shine with

    the new lighting. Only now the historical structure of the underpasses unfolds giving it an urban spatial effect”


    Jürgen Roters, Mayor of City of Cologne

    Hamburg, Sternschanze, before illumination
    Hamburg, Sternschanze, after illuminiaton

    Customer challenge


    In many cities, underpasses provide vital infrastructure connections in a city. These underpasses are in general not very pleasant to walk through at night and in the worst case these are a no-go area for people as they feel unsafe.

    tunnel exit

    The right lighting


    The “Lebendige Stadt” (lively city) project’s main aim was to increase the inhabitants' feeling of security when using these underpasses. It makes these areas more livable while at the same time saving energy and cost.

    Dark railway underpasses are barren places, sometimes located in deprived areas. The “Lebendige Stadt” Foundation has initiated an illumination program to revitalize these public places. So far, 31 railway underpasses in 24 German cities were permanently and artistically illuminated.


    Benefits Lebendige Stadt

    Architectural lighting for underpasses

    The Team

    Deutsche Bahn AG

    Lebendige Stadt Foundation


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    Michael Batz, lighting artist

    Lighting design

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