Project – Sparkassen Arena DAV Climbing Center Illertissen


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The 20th July 2019 in Illertissen, Germany saw the opening after a year of construction of the incredible Sparkassen Arena DAV Climbing Center. This International competition level climbing structure is around 20m high, has over 90 climbing routes on approximately 800 square meter climbing surface and an accompanying new clubhouse.

The skeletal structure forming the climbing wall

LIGMAN Germany delivered the entire lighting solution that met a specific and challenging client brief: A solution ensuring the structure meets World Cup level requirements of 300 Lux with high uniformity and no glare for either the climbers or belayer whom control the ropes and no mounting of fixtures allowed anywhere on the wall surfaces or the surface under the crown canopy.

Using 3-dimensional light calculation software, LIGMAN designed a installation with optimum positions, aiming angles and glare-shields using a system of ODESSA projectors and accessories in clusters on tailored columns around the structure. This system laterally illuminating the precisely calculated angled climbing surfaces and downward-aiming and crossing beams to minimise the shadows cast by the climbers themselves.

Supporting these clusters are a series of additional ODESSA spotlights mounted on the extremities of the crown canopy to cover the top of the structure with angled downlighting, which again minimises any shadow issues for climbers at the final stages of their ascents.

The project comprises of 63 ODESSA projectors; comprising of clusters of 6 or 8 projectors on 6 custom poles and an additional 19 ODESSA floodlights mounted around the crown canopy, with in addition the LIGMAN VEKTOR family illuminating the new clubhouse.

The whole system is operated and adjustable via a custom DALI project lighting control system to allow the users to switch between leisure/training climbing, club level and international competition lighting levels, with the crown fixtures remaining on at 30% beyond climbing hours to provide some low-level ambient lighting for the park site.

The stunning project’s opening day saw a number of elite climbers, including a current Junior European Champion amongst the first of those to climb the wall, with the next European Championship due to be held at the venue this Autumn.

Please contact our LIGMAN Germany office for more information or any product or project enquires:

LIGMAN Deutschland GmbH
Magirus-Deutz-Straße 12, 89077 Ulm

Tel: +49 (731) 40321 315, +49 (170) 7022351