Zumtobel Group Year of Light Event, 2015


A retrospective focusing on lights

The Vorarlberg-based lighting technology group Zumtobel had much to celebrate at its meeting at Bregenz Festival House on 9 and 10 April 2015: not only the International Year of Light but also the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Zumtobel Group. The varied programme of events included stimulating speeches in the fields of art, architecture, science and technology, the world premiere of the very latest product innovations and a gala dinner at which the winners of the Zumtobel Group Awards 2014 were presented.


About 950 light planners, light designers, architects and other customers and partners of the three brands Thorn, Tridonic and Zumtobel from 27 countries gathered at Bregenz Festival House and heard a wide range of inspiring talks on the subject of light. Olafur Eliasson kicked off the series with an impressive presentation entitled “Light is Life”. The light artist emphasized how important light was for people and related his own experiences with light to his art works. Other speakers were Hubert Klumpner, co-founder of the architectural firm Urban-Think Tank (U-TT), Dr. Hans-Georg Häusel and Bernd T. Werner, neuromarketing experts of the Gruppe Nymphenburg, and Karl Jónsson, “internet of things” architect at Tridonic.


A highpoint of the 2015 Year of Light Event was the gala dinner at Bregenz Festival House. During the evening’s festivities the winners of the 2014 Zumtobel Group Awards were presented. The Zumtobel Group Award is an architecture prize awarded for quality of life and sustainability in the built environment. Through the award the company seeks to promote and encourage new projects and developments.






Facts & Figures

Title of event: Year of Light Event 2015
Date: 4-10 April 2015
Meeting architecture: plenum, gala dinner


Organiser: Zumtobel Group AG
Venue: Bregenz Festival House


No. of participants: 950
No. of rooms: 4 with evening event


Congress language: English, simultaneously translated into 3 languages






Photos © Anja Köhler


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