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Brief Published: 22 Jan 2013

LED-Boosted Gym Floor by ASB Systembau

An innovative new illuminated flooring concept by German interior construction manufacturer ASB Systembau – which specialises in sports environments – may well revolutionise the traditional sports hall. 

A system of LED lights situated beneath ASB’s semi-opaque GlassFloor design can be illuminated in different configurations, controlled with a touchscreen monitor. In mixed-use sports halls, this technology can be used to end confusing multiple lines, as well as highlight rules or show targets during training. 

ASB has previously installed its regular glass floors in thousands of squash courts around the world. The reinforced glass panels, aluminium substructure and ceramic etched surface of the new design delivers all the shock absorption, elasticity and grip of a conventional sports floor, but with extra durability. The real genius of the new illuminated concept, however, is that the floor’s unusual semi-opacity means the mechanisms below aren’t visible when the LEDs aren’t on, offering plenty of potential outside sports. 

Elsewhere, the flooring could be used to show emergency escape routes in public buildings, or to create on-stage displays during music or theatre performances. It can even be used to display detailed imagery or video – essentially turning the floor into a giant screen for presentations or advertisements. 

For more on the evolution and application of tech-integrated architecture, see Media Facades Summit, Light + Building 2012 and Cinimod Studio: Architectural Illusionists. For more innovations in lighting design, look out for the Stylus Industrial Design report Life-Enhancing Lighting, coming soon.

ASB GlassFloor