Zumtobel and Thorn Luminaires Installed at New Danube Arena in Budapest Before Swimming Event. After a significant aquatics event decided to relocate at the last minute, the water sports venue on the banks of the River Danube in Budapest, Hungary had to be constructed in just two years. The location for the 2017 FINA World Aquatics Championship was unexpectedly changed from Mexico to Hungary.
Local lighting design firm Be Light chose products from Thorn and Zumtobel to illuminate the swimming area. The Danube Arena includes two full-size swimming pools, a diving pool, and a training pool, and can host up to 15,000 spectators. Be Light chose LED lighting to meet the demands of HDTV broadcasting.
Zoltan Morvai, CEO of Be Light, said, “A lighting system had to be designed and implemented which both had to meet the requirements of the world-class event and, after the event, had to perform economically in everyday
Lighting Scheme for Danube Arena
The lighting scheme employs 280 of Thorn’s Altis LED floodlights to illuminate the main pools, while the training pool uses 200 CRAFT high bays LED from Zumtobel. The Altis LED from Thorn comes with a flexible optical system that can be optimized for different applications, and according to Thorn, Altis LED floodlights are highly controllable and can provide dynamic lighting displays. Furthermore, Thorn says that Altis LED’s lightweight, compact design keeps structural costs down for the luminaire.
The entrance and common areas feature 569 of Zumtobel’s PERLUCE ceiling luminaires. Zumtobel asserts that CRAFT high bay LED luminaires use unique thermal management, and the design ensures a long service life. The company reportedly created the inner workings and appearance of the Craft high bays from scratch to maximize efficiency.
Be Light pointed out that they had to choose LED lighting that could be homogeneous on the vertical and horizontal planes. Furthermore, Be Light wanted the luminaires to provide flicker-free light at a specific color temperature of 5700K to support HD broadcasting from very high ceilings. Additionally, the project required the products to be able to resist high ambient temperatures and moisture in the air, and the fittings needed strong chemical resistance for use around the chlorinated pools.
The lighting system for the entire arena is digitally controlled using a total of 15,000 digital addresses, coincidentally as many as the number of spectators the arena can hold.
Danube Area Lighting Scheme a Big Success
Despite the tight deadline and the demanding requirements, the project was a big success.
István Zentai, technical director for the FINA World Championships Budapest, said, “The Danube Arena was planned and constructed in a very short timeframe for a particular event. What’s really wonderful is that, in that short time, the team managed to create something that not only performed brilliantly at the World Championships, but that will stand the test of time for decades to come.”
István Zentai, added, “Lighting is a key part of this. This building shows how light can be the most important building material for architects. The team combined creativity, technology and a lot of hard work to get it just right. They have created something very special, that Budapest can really be proud of.”