A synthesis of the past and the present: Hamburg’s “Galerie1565”

State-of-the-art lighting technology for one of Hamburg’s oldest houses: The “Bornemannsche Haus” in Hamburg-Harburg, dating back as far as 1565, has been extensively renovated and also received a new lighting control system in the process. The quaint half-timbered house now houses an art gallery, the “Galerie1565”.  AIMOTION was able to play its part in ensuring that both the historic walls and the contemporary works of art are now presented in the right light following the renovation. At the end of 2023, the building was awarded two monument prizes.


500 years of architectural history


Following its renovation, the two-storey half-timbered gabled building is an exciting synthesis of past and present times. The building, which once housed a blue dye works, reflects almost 500 years of architectural history. It has been rebuilt and extended several times over the years. The historic town house has been a listed building since 1941.


Wireless control as an advantage


The Harburg based entrepreneur Arne Weber extensively renovated the completely dilapidated building – while retaining the historic building fabric.

The uncomplicated retrofittable, wireless AIMOTION lighting control system proved to be an advantage here, as no new cables had to be laid in the historic walls and ceilings.

AIMOTION’s switch actuators, dimmers, mini sensors and wall switches were installed without any additional wiring work.


Exciting contrast


The old brick walls and wooden floorboards, clay plaster and half-timbered beams are visible everywhere and now form an exciting contrast to the contemporary works of art.

The lighting technology, on the other hand, remains discreetly in the background. It grants both the historic building and the artwork space to unfold their very own effect.


Monument awards for renovation concept


The “Bornemannsche Haus” was awarded the Federal Prize for Craftsmanship in Monument Preservation and the Harburg Museum Association’s Monument Prize for its 2023 renovation concept.

Products used:

Flush-mounted Universal Dimmer (Art.1073)

Plug & Play Dimmer (Art.1002B)

Mini-Sensor (Art.1016W)

Switch 55 (Art.1052UB)

Xpress (Art.1008B)

Photos: Galerie 1565