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Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum

A Journey Through The History of Information Technology

The Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in Paderborn is the largest computer museum in the world. It shows with unique exhibits the development from cuneiform inscription to the Internet. The museum is dedicated to Heinz Nixdorf (1925-1986), the computer pioneer and founder of Nixdorf Computer AG. With his vision and social commitment he was one of Germany's most successful entrepreneurs.

The MuseumsForum stages the cultural and scientific-technological history of information technology as a journey through time over five millennia, from the origins of writing to the media society of the 21st century. The aim is to give people orientation and education. The exhibition extends chronologically, ascending over three floors. At 22 specific "Points of Interest"  a two-coloured signage is projected by PHOS LED projectors from lighting specialist Derksen. In the center of the projected message stands a QR Code (Quick Response), which allows visitors to immediately download information about this section to their smartphones or tablets. This application is full of wit: visitors discover and practice modern information technology intuitively. Educational contents become an experience.

Tests have shown that the projected QR codes on the floor are scanned correctly even when the Smartphone is directed at an acute angle relative to the ground. The light projections show on the different floorings a particular "floating" aesthetic and additionaly have the major practical advantage of not wearing out or becoming dirty - compared to stickers.


Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum
Fürstenallee 7
33102 Paderborn

Media and Event Technology:
Dipl.-Ing. Reinhardt Hardtke

installed projection systems:
22 x Derksen PHOS 20

Light Signage System


The LED projector PHOS for IKEA stores

Light can communicate the necessary orientation for customers and visitors in complex buildings. Projections replace stickers, information boards or posters and integrate harmoniously in the interior concept. Using the latest LED technology, projection systems by Derksen are exceptionally durable and energy-saving. The devices are inserted in the ceiling track system and, thanks to the specially developed base, safely click into place. The projected arrows are 360° swivelling and can be easily positioned without using any tools.


IKEA furniture shop
Essen, Germany

Markus Lück

Vorarlberg Museum Bregenz

Cultural history in a new outfit

In the immediate vicinity of Lake Constance, next to the Kunsthaus and National Theatre, the new Vorarlberg Museum opened on 21 June-2013. The listed building of the Cultural History Museum was extended by a two-storey heightening and a five-storey, block-shaped outbuilding. The striking facade is dominated by the "concrete blossoms" that were formed from the bottoms of commercially available disposable PET bottles.

The extensive collection presents archeology, history and art of the province of Vorarlberg. The exhibitions are to give visitors of all ages sensual experience and intellectual knowledge. On the one hand, the PHOS 20 projection systems illustrate and comment on the exhibits, on the other hand they project a directional system on floors and walls over the whole building.



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vorarlberg museum
Kornmarktplatz 1
6900 Bregenz | Austria

Fatih Özcelik,
CC-BY-SA - Friedrich Böhringer

Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architects

Lighting Design:

Sägenvier DesignKommunikation