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Media information  NIMBUS GROUP

8. März 2022

Fine dining and a beautiful view
"Invisible light" solutions from Nimbus create atmospheric lighting at Vienna's exclusive V8cht restaurant with bar and lounge.


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In summer 2021, the new Classic Depot Wien (CDW) opened not far from Schönbrunn Palace in the southwest of Vienna. The sophisticated new-build had already won the BIG SEE Architecture Award 2021. It houses 100 exclusive, "serviced" spaces for vintage cars, sports cars and collectors' vehicles plus the corresponding specialist businesses for classic vehicles. The beating heart of the CDW is the exclusive V8cht restaurant on the third floor. The restaurant with bar features a high-class design in an industrial look. Its floor-to-ceiling glazing and spacious roof terrace afford an expansive view over the former site of the "Fritze Lacke" paint factory. Nimbus luminaires immerse the dining area in atmospheric artificial light.

The "V8cht – Restaurant | Bar" caters for its patrons' every wish in a space covering over 350 square metres including seating and standing room for a total of 99 guests in the indoor and outdoor areas. As Jan Christoph Pollak, founder and proprietor of the restaurant is keen to emphasise: "It is not only reserved for the clients of Classic Depot Wien but also welcomes a wide range of diners for lunch or an elegant dinner – for private parties or for corporate events." Two Vienna architects, Matthäus Wagner and Sebastian Illichmann, were responsible for the outstanding interior design of the V8cht and also devised the concept for the entire new-build for the CDW.

Explaining their idea for the V8cht, the two architects stressed: "The food and drink are the stars of a restaurant. The design is meant to be very discreet, giving priority to the use of space." But bearing in mind that eating should also be an aesthetic experience, Wagner and Illichmann placed great importance on the use of high-quality materials and a clear division of functions. For example, picking up the theme of the "garaged" cars, many vertical surfaces are made of sheet steel, with horizontal surfaces such as tables, floors and ceilings made of warm wooden materials.

Dinner on an island of light
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When dinner time comes around, and it gets dark outside, the lighting concept, also created by the two Viennese architects, immerses the restaurant in a very special atmosphere, whereby all of the Nimbus luminaires used are based on the concept of "invisible light". That is to say, the light source remains almost invisible to the eye, and the light only illuminates the surfaces it strikes. The luminaires skilfully showcase the tables and the bar, with V8cht's guests seeming to dine on their own island of light.

Light and acoustics solution in one product
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Wagner and Illichmann describe their lighting concept as follows: "The light from the luminaires above the tables places the focus firmly on the food and drink." Elegant suspended Nimbus Lighting Pads have been installed above the tables, where they serve as glare-free light sources with their special LED lenses. Furthermore, the Pads are laboratory tested sound absorbers that ensure optimised room acoustics with their pleasant-to-the touch fleece surfaces. As Wagner and Illichmann underlined: "The Nimbus products look beautiful and the Lighting Pads also perform an acoustic function."

New Nimbus track system
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Luminaires from the Nimbus Q FOUR range are also installed in the V8cht. They too are characterised by perfect glare suppression and a precise, focused lighting effect. The special lenses in the minimalistic body of the Q FOUR luminaires direct light to precisely where it is needed, whereby the lenses themselves remain almost invisible as the source of light. Q FOUR surface-mounted luminaires illuminate the corridors in the V8cht, for example. Special Q FOUR TT TRACK luminaires are mounted in two conductor rails above the bar. The tilting and turning ceiling spots can be moved around within this system to highlight the extremely well-stocked bar, whereby the V8cht's "liquid refreshment menu" includes around 200 alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and cocktails.

Wallwashers for works of art
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The architects chose Q ONE wallwashers from Nimbus to illuminate the works of art hanging in an inviting seating alcove. In terms of design, these surface-mounted luminaires are a perfect match for the Q FOUR range. They use their free-form reflectors to direct light in a targeted fashion onto the pictures on the walls. Nimbus's Q FOUR, Q FOUR TRACK TT and Q ONE luminaires give lighting designers a coordinated, sophisticated lighting kit for high-quality, focussed light.

Unimpaired views
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Thanks to the luminaires' special glare suppression – which applies to both the Q FOUR range and the Lighting Pads – they cause hardly any reflection in the restaurant's large windows, allowing guests to let their gaze wander freely across the view of the night-time city lights while they enjoy dinner or a cocktail. This special effect, this "invisible light", recently received recognition in the form of the Baden-Württemberg International Design Award, with the Q FOUR range winning Focus Open 2021 in Gold.

Client: Clemens Stiegholzer, Vienna
Architecture, interior architecture and lighting concept: Matthäus Wagner, Vienna and Sebastian Illichmann, Vienna
Implementation: 2016–2021
Photos: Kurt Kuball, Vienna

Stuttgart, January 2022
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About Häfele and Nimbus
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Nimbus has belonged to the Häfele Group since 2019. Located in Nagold, the internationally operating specialist for furniture fittings and lighting is indispensable for furniture production and the carpentry trade, while the Stuttgart-based Nimbus Group is held in high regard in the architecture sector. Two target groups, two different worlds. And yet they have come together and boast a broad joint portfolio of lighting systems for rooms and furniture as well as integrated lighting and acoustics solutions. Product development in the fields of light and acoustics is centred in Stuttgart.

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