This month, more than 100,000 visitors from around the world will descend upon Frankfurt, Germany, for Light+Building, a biennial international trade show that targets the lighting, electrical engineering and building automation industries.
“It is the only show in the world to bring together this combination of disciplines,” says Maria Hasselman, Director of Light+Building 2006.
Among the three divisions, lighting occupies a vast portion of Messe Frankfurt’s more than 1 million-square-foot exhibition space.
“The focus of the lighting sector is on three trends: technical innovations in light redirection, light-source miniaturization and design—[emphasizing] the form and function of a luminaire as an element of style,” Hasselman says. “Light+Building is a paradise for trend scouts and other people looking for the extraordinary and perfection in terms of material, color and appearance.”
To this end, exhibits, open this year April 23-27, will comprise modern, classic modern and classic traditional decorative lighting, as well as technological innovations from companies such as Osram, Philips, Siteco and the Zumtobel Group.
In addition to the exhibits, Light+Building will offer educational seminars and workshops and special events. The show’s premier event, the Building Performance Congress, features seminars and discussions specific to each participating industry. Other opportunities include lectures on light and health and the Daylight Forum, a series of workshops about optimizing daylight and its relationship to artificial light. Special events of particular note are a citywide architectural lighting display called Luminale, an exhibit featuring the winners of the European energy-efficient design competition, Lights of the Future, and Germany’s prestigious Design Plus awards.