For its ‘Soundscapes’ project, ZUMI combines light with acoustics


Acoulite Lighting Partner, Zumi  Awarded Prize in London

Belgian lighting company ZUMI has received an award at the Surface Design Awards in London for its ‘Soundscapes’ project. Start-up company ZUMI was the sole Belgian winner in this international competition. The Gistel-based lighting manufacturer combines the latest LED technology with acoustics, sound and other options, making it a trendsetter in the sector.

Every year the Surface Design Awards hand out prizes to a series of projects capable of integrating innovative materials, design and architectural features. This year, 80 projects were submitted from 16 different countries. In the ‘Light and acoustics’ category start-up ZUMI received an award for its ‘Soundscapes’ design.

‘It involved a project at Axel Vervoordt’s Kanaal complex in Antwerp. In close collaboration with Alex Gaspar, the owner of Autodialog, we were able to achieve a unique and innovative lighting concept,’ says Stephan Mees. ‘For a large meeting room with a lot of hard materials and a steel ceiling, initial speculations involved a false ceiling. However, we designed an acoustic panel which also encompasses lighting. In this way, the space remained as close as possible to its original appearance.’

‘Our Soundscapes are a modular system of vertically and horizontally suspended panels and integrated light profiles. These panels are not only effective when it comes to acoustic absorption, they also represent a masterpiece of lighting technology.’

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