Nestled comfortably within Boston’s vibrant Innovation District, the 20-story “315 on A” residential tower merges elements of local historic architecture with contemporary materials and design to form a modern aesthetic, appropriate for the growing neighborhood. The clean architectural lines, combined with often raw or bare materials, helped to inform the lighting concepts throughout the project, from the custom, modern industrial LED unit and hallway sconces to the multitude of fixtures, carefully integrated into the architectural details. The thoughtful selection and placement of high efficiency LED and fluorescent fixtures resulted in an extremely low lighting power density that far exceeded the developer’s sustainability goals, without sacrificing the lighted environment.
Orlando Federal CourthouseCivic | Daylighting
|SIZE:||308,000 sq. ft.|
|OWNERS:||General Services Administration|
|ARCHITECT:||Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects, Inc.|
|AWARDS:||2007 IES New England Section Illumination Award|
|PHOTOGRAPHER:||© Peter Aaron / Esto|
|DESIGN TEAM:||Robert Osten|
The majority of the southern façade of Orlando’s massive new Federal Courthouse is dominated by a glass atrium shielded with an elaborate sunshelf system. Carefully placed linear bars of anodized aluminum provide precise solar glare control during the hot summer months without obstructing the expansive views to the outside. The result, created through extensive scale modeling with photometric and video analysis, is that at all times of the year the atrium feels bathed in comfortable daylight.
Exquisite stained glass art panels in several locations flood the area with rich colors. The atrium is transformed at night into a glowing lantern through the use of integrated metal halide floods that wash the ceiling, and concealed accent fixtures directly lighting the decorative glass panels. Further reinforcing the beacon effect is the illuminated top of the monolithic entry tower which rises above the upper floors containing the courtrooms.
Concealed indirect cove lighting is used in each courtroom to uplight the central coffers and to carry through the feeling of spaciousness from the atrium. A perimeter light slot washes the walls and emphasizes the strong geometric lines of the spaces, while recessed adjustable downlights focus higher light levels at the clerks’ and judges’ benches.
Minimal compact fluorescent downlights fill in where required for proper emergency lighting. A low-voltage lighting control system allows simple lighting scenes to be accessed by keypads located throughout the space.
Brown University Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
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Brown University Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient WorldAcademic | Daylighting
|LOCATION:||Providence, Rhode Island|
|SIZE:||15,000 sq. ft.|
|ARCHITECT:||Anmahian Winton Architects|
|AWARDS:||2012 AIA Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture|
|2011 IES Illumination Award of Merit|
|2011 BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence|
|PHOTOGRAPHER:||© Peter Vanderwarker|
|DESIGN TEAM:||Paul Zaferiou|
This complete interior renovation revitalizes graduate studio space, faculty offices, and library. The two-story core is bathed in daylight from large windows and a cleverly baffled skylight, with an intricate wood slat element controlling glare.
The upper mezzanine receives diffuse daylight from large, carefully sculpted light wells, illuminated at night from easily-accessed hidden linear T5HO cove uplights.
Tall custom-built shelving lines the two-story main space’s perimeter. Books and artifacts are lighted from above with cantilevered linear T5HO fixtures.
Recessed multi-head CMH accents in two small gallery spaces light ancient artifacts from the Institute’s collection.
Faculty offices within the core are clad in obfuscating multi-wall polycarbonate panels that glow from ambient light while maintaining privacy. A recessed T8 lensed downlight at the interior wall and an LED task light provide all necessary supplemental lighting, under occupancy sensor control.
Multi-zoned fluorescent pendants and compact fluorescent downlights are used to light the expandable lecture space. Daylight-responsive and preset scene controls provide versatility for various functions.
Nerman Museum of Contemporary ArtCultural
Smooth gradients of daylight and electric light unify the Museum; lighting design is a subtle, integral part of the architectural expression.
|LOCATION:||Overland Park, KS|
|SIZE:||41,000 sq. ft.|
|OWNERS:||Johnson County Community College|
|ARCHITECT:||Kyu Sung Woo Architects|
|AWARDS:||2008 BSA Honor Award for Design Excellence|
|2010 IES Illumination Award|
|PHOTOGRAPHER:||© Tim Hursley, © Michael Spillers|
|DESIGN TEAM:||Paul Zaferiou|
Understated, or simply unadorned?
Where is the line drawn between minimalist and nondescript?
These questions are especially relevant where lighting design is a subtle, integral part of the architectural expression – where quality of light, rather than patterns of lighting hardware, makes architecture succeed. Such is the case with the Nerman Museum.
A set of intersecting, stacked boxes forms the Museum’s spare, clean massing. One is a glazed solarium linking the Museum to an existing academic building; another cantilevers over the entry, creating an arrival that is at once dramatic and restrained. The ground-level expanse of glass lets the second floor hover effortlessly. Architectural planes are kept pristine and bare by illumination extending right to the edge of the glass.
The massing transforms at night into an array of glowing interior volumes. A few in-grade CMH wallwashers skim the upper limestone surfaces to balance contrast, but mostly the structure remains crisply defined by lighting from within.
At sunset, the boundary between daylight and electric, between reflective and transparent, is blurred. The design’s signature is the way materials come together with spare, invisible detailing, and, critically, light is treated as one of those building materials. The stair’s crisp geometry, exactingly realized with minimal embellishment, is set off by the softly glowing wall it touches.