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Safe and inviting German railway 


Architectural lighting for underpasses

See how railway underpasses can become safe and inviting
Köln Marzellenstraße

The  underpasses shine

with the new lighting. Only now the historical structure of the underpasses unfolds giving it an urban spatial effect”


Jürgen Roters, Mayor of City of Cologne

Hamburg, Sternschanze, before illumination
Hamburg, Sternschanze, after illuminiaton

Customer challenge


In many cities, underpasses provide vital infrastructure connections in a city. These underpasses are in general not very pleasant to walk through at night and in the worst case these are a no-go area for people as they feel unsafe.

tunnel exit

The right lighting


The “Lebendige Stadt” (lively city) project’s main aim was to increase the inhabitants' feeling of security when using these underpasses. It makes these areas more livable while at the same time saving energy and cost.

Dark railway underpasses are barren places, sometimes located in deprived areas. The “Lebendige Stadt” Foundation has initiated an illumination program to revitalize these public places. So far, 31 railway underpasses in 24 German cities were permanently and artistically illuminated.


Benefits Lebendige Stadt

Architectural lighting for underpasses

The Team

Deutsche Bahn AG

Lebendige Stadt Foundation


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Michael Batz, lighting artist

Lighting design

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