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Our History

In 1976 Christian Bartenbach established what was then called 'Lighting Design Christian Bartenbach', the engineering office that was between 1989 and 2013 called 'Bartenbach LichtLabor' and has meanwhile changed its name to Bartenbach GmbH. His work, patented both in Europe and on a worldwide scale, has led to pioneering inventions such as highly efficient glare-free systems technologies, daylight redirection systems and novel sunshading systems.

From the beginning close to the pulse of time.

1960

Christian Bartenbach and his brother founded their own
lighting manufacturing company "Leuchtenfabrik Bartenbach Lichtsysteme" in Innsbruck

1964

In 1964 he introduced the socalled "Dark-Light-Technique" better known as low brightness luminaires,
that contributed to their commercial success during the energy crisis in Europe in the 1970-ties

1976

Founding of „Lichtplanung Christian Bartenbach“
in Munich

1989

After a successful period in Munich Bartenbach returned to Austria and established Bartenbach LichtLabor in Aldrans near Innsbruck in 1989

1995

Conferment of the professional title Professor by the Austrian Federal President to Christian Bartenbach

2002

In 2002 the Centre of Competence LIGHT was established. This institution focuses on research and development related to light with the support of the Austrian Federal Government

2003

Opening of the Bartenbach lighting Academy in Aldrans near Innsbruck

2007

Handover to next generation from Prof. Christian Bartenbach to his son Christian Bartenbach

2009

Christian Bartenbach receives the honorary doctorship from the University of Innsbruck, awarded by Rector Karlheinz Töchterle

2013

Change of name from the past Bartenbach LichtLabor GmbH
Bartenbach GmbH

2013

Initiation of "Bartenbach Components" with the development of an innovative LED Wallwasher based on a secondary reflector technique incl. tunable white

2014

As one of the first lighting design offices Bartenbach presents itself at the Light + Building in Frankfurt a.M., Germany

2016

Lighting Solutions as additional service:
consultation from the initial concept to the
final implementation of a lighting system

2017

Starting the process of restructuring into an agile, democratic organisation

2021

EGLO übernimmt die Mehrheit an Bartenbach. Bartenbach bleibt weiterhin als Dienstleister eigenständig tätig

2022

Roll-out of the Bartenbach strategy under the newly formed management, in line with the vision "We create the best light for people and the environment"

Awards

2024
German Lighting Design Award: Category Education
2023
LichtKulturRat AWARD
2023
German Lighting Design Award: Category International Project
2021
German Lighting Design Award: Lighting Designer of the Year
German Lighting Design Award: Special Price Daylight
German Lighting Design Award: Category Education
2018
*Staatspreis Patent (State Patent Prize)* for Prof. Christian Bartenbach
2018
Austrian Green Planet Building Award for Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Center
2017
LILA 2017 Public Choice Award for the Nørreport Station
2017
German Lighting Design Award for Klubhaus St. Pauli
2017
MIPIM Award 2017 for the Psychiatric Hospital in Slagelse
2017
A prize at the eAward 2017
2016
Danish Lighting Award goes to Nørreport Station
2016
AR Healthcare Award for the Psychiatric Clinic in Slagelse
2016
BDA Hamburg Architecture Prize: 2nd prize for Klubhaus St. Pauli
2016
Nørreport Station wins WAN Award
2016
Klubhaus St. Pauli wins a Media Architecture Award in Sydney
2015
Competition prize from "BORA Kochfeldabzüge"
2015
Odense Foot and Cycle Bridge wins European Steel Design Award
2015
Iconic Awards 2015 - Winner
2015
German Lighting Design Award - Bartenbach gets 2 nominations 2015
2015
RIBA London Regional Award 2015
2014
4. Prix Lumière SLG 2014

We work holistically.

Man is a creature that depends on light – because without light there is no life. In current times, 90% of life is spent inside and this is why lighting design has such a major influence on our quality of life. Appropriate use of light creates safety and wellbeing and enhances our ability to perform.

The phenomenon of light is multi-faceted, which is why we work in an interdisciplinary environment. Architects, physicists, psychologists and designers all create individual lighting solutions. As part of the international scientific community network, Bartenbach is always at the cutting edge of research. Continuous growth of knowledge is our capital.

Lighting Literature

Herausgeber: ‎ Birkhäuser
ISBN: 978-3035622935

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Lichttechnische und wahrnehmungspsychologische Grundlagen
für Architekten und Lichtdesigner
Autor: Walter Witting, Verlag: Birkhauser
ISBN: 978-3990436585

Lichttechnische und wahrnehmungspsychologische Grundlagen
Autor: Christian Bartenbach, Walter Witting, Verlag: Springer
ISBN: 978-3211757796 (z.Zt. leider vergriffen)

Biografie
Herausgeber: Christa Klingler, Verlag: Müry Salzmann
ISBN: 978-3990141137

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Autor: Christian Bartenbach, Reinhart Morscher Hans Spindler,
Herausgeber: Roland Gfeller Corthesy
ISBN: 978-3528081041

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