“frit” patterns that are baked onto the exterior glass to diffuse sunlight.
Inside, the lighting design plays a crucial role in facilitating the operations
taking place within the facility, while also ensuring the building blends
seamlessly with the surrounding neighborhood, particularly during the
evening hours. interiors+sources recently spoke
with Baillie-Hinojosa about the VEC and the role
that lighting played in this advanced medical school,
and which products helped realize its dramatic,
interiors+sources: What was the significance of
the lighting design in terms of the project serving
as both a medical and educational facility?
Scott Baillie-Hinojosa: The building is actually located
in a highly residential area. It was important for us to not make this feel
too much like a foreign object and [we also considered] the fact that most
people in the area would be experiencing this building from the street level,
focusing on views upward into this building. You’re looking at a lot of ceilings,
essentially. With that in mind, we wanted to keep the ceiling really quiet, but
we knew that most of our lighting was going to have to be located in the
ceiling. Our goal was to find a fixture that was very powerful, and have it be
as inconspicuous as possible.
i+s: What criteria did you use to determine the lighting specifications?
SBH: [One] obstacle that we had to deal with that also helped us select these
fixtures in particular was the fact that we had a lot of non-coplanar ceilings in
the southern cascade area. We needed to have a certain level of adjustability
of these fixtures so that we could make sure that light was aiming down to
the floors where we needed them, not facing out into the streets and blinding
people as they look up into the building. Additionally, considering we were
very sensitive to the nighttime rendering of the building, we wanted to keep
everything very simple at 3,000k [lumens].
i+s: Which lighting solutions did you choose to help achieve the
project’s design objectives and why?
SBH: Prescolite [a brand of Hubbell Lighting] has two-inch LED fixtures; one
is called the A2 LED—that’s the adjustable version—and then the D2 LED,
which is the non-adjustable version. I think these fixtures were fairly unique
at the time that we were specifying them because they were delivering a very
significant amount of light. It didn’t have a housing [mechanism], so it was
going to take up a lot less room in the ceiling, which was also an important
factor for us because there were a lot of structural components that were
going to be within the ceiling as well as other services. The adjustability
factor was important in a lot of locations. The output was also important,
again, because we have a lot of double-height and even triple-height spaces
where we needed light. We couldn’t reach it from other adjacent spaces. We
couldn’t fill in with lights in those really tall areas, so we ended up needing to
shoot two or three stories down to cover the area below with these light fixtures.
I think it was the size and the output that made the difference.
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