Since last December, cascades of light by Catellani & Smith have been shining on the façade of the main building of Audi headquarters in Ingolstadt. Located in the heart of Bavaria, the huge complex is the largest production site of the renowned German car manufacturer. It houses the factory (founded in 1949), the headquarters, the Technical Development division and the amazing Audi Forum. Devoted to entertainment and a sought-after destination for many visitors, the Forum includes the remarkable Audi Museum Mobile, focused on the brand history.
The main building of the headquarters stands out in the Audi Piazza, at the centre of the complex, and features glass facades that allow seeing the working spaces inside it. During wintertime, the transparent large windows have been enhanced by Fil de Fer lights by Catellani & Smith, specially made in a custom ‘cascade’ outdoor version. Fastened to the windows’ frame and set on the façade following an irregular design scheme, the bright cascades, entirely handmade in aluminium wire and equipped with IP65 LED bulbs, are able to create a surprising lighting effect. In fact, the intertwined and luminous structure of Fil de Fer lamps are amplified by effects of reflection on the glass façade and interact in various ways with the different materials, creating
cascades of falling light that flows and merges into a suggestive setting.