Form follows function

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MK Illumination has developed a lighting concept for the new Vienna Hauptbahnhof for the upcoming Christmas season. The city’s main railway station is a new architectural highlight in the Austrian capital. Georg Öhler, Creative Director of the MK Illumination Group introduces the creative vision and approach behind the sparkling project:

“Form follows function” has long been the credo of architecture. I would say this is only true for a certain part of our manmade environment. Function needs to be the base of any building, and then something is added on top, which I would like to call the creative surplus.

The creative surplus is the extra element that makes us like something. This extra can be an outstanding feature, like the refrain in a song, or the splash of color in an otherwise tone-in-tone space. It can be like the piece of jewelry that makes a black evening dress stand out from all the others.

At the main station in Vienna we took the most outstanding aspect of the architecture and used it as the leitmotiv for our lighting concept. Our lighting concept supports the branding of the architecture and helps to make the station an iconic and recognizable building. Be surprised!
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The creative surplus is the extra element that makes us like something.