Train World, a Belgian railway museum, opened on September 25. Lightemotion was involved in lighting this past, present and future railway showcase, which exhibits the most beautiful original pieces of the country's historical collection.
The scenography, designed by Belgian artist François Schuiten and Expoduo, plunges visitors into a multisensory and theatrical universe. The staging of spaces and objects had to be supported by an exclusive lighting layout and Schuiten requested the services of Lightemotion, which has worked on more than twenty international projects.
The first act of this 'opera of the train' starts in Schaerbeek Station. Located in the heart of Europe it was constructed on the first rail track of the continent linking Brussels and Mechelen and is now connected to a new industrial hangar via the railway garden.
The 8 000 m2 hangar contains four exhibition halls where visitors can admire several locomotives, including the Pays de Waes, the oldest preserved steam locomotive in Europe, as well as hundreds of objects, drawings and models relating to the railway world. To accommodate the diversity and difference in scale of the exhibits, the creators of Lightemotion used lighting systems, architectural technology and unusual applications.
The project required more than 2 000 LEDs and metal halide lamps. Every detail was carefully embraced by the light through a thorough study of exposed volumes. Each light source was custom tailored to the scenography needs and context. Simulations using 3D software have achieved an unprecedented level of precision for highlighting the project.
The lighting at times is dramatic; at times vibrant; at times animated. Each exhibition hall is unique and presents a variety of environments. The space, object, light, image and sound combine to create a multisensory experience designed to carry visitors into the world of Belgian railway, the oldest network on the European continent.