Photography by: Richard Bryant, Arcaid Images
The 2015 GE Edison Award is presented to Charles G. Stone, Paula Martinez Nobles, and Katheryn Czub of Fisher Marantz Stone Architectural Lighting Design for lighting Covington & Burling in Washington, DC, USA. A personalized Steuben crystal award for the winner of this 33rd annual lighting design competition was presented by Current, powered by GE on April 25th, 2016 in San Diego, California, USA.
An evening approach to this LEED® Gold certified project reveals a softly glowing building, conveying a unified single-tenant presence throughout the 450,000 square-foot building. Once inside, the user is enveloped in an uncluttered, crisp, dramatic, and luminous environment conceived by the architects, which meets the diverse program needs of this prominent organization.
Ninety-nine percent of the lighting on the completed project uses LED technology. Small, shallow fixture profiles permit precise integration with architectural details. The light fixtures are rigorously aligned to achieve seamless integration with the interior architecture. Using over 6,000 GE Tetra® LED PowerGrid modules and 1,000 linear feet of Tetra®LED Contour, both in 3500K, precisely lit jewel boxes provide just sufficiently visual depth to discern each face of the three dimensional frame throughout the facility. The light boxes were detailed to 6” depths with a double layer translucent stretched membrane. The customized assembly provided maximum lumen output and entirely obscured direct views of the LED arrays. GE Tetra®LED PowerGrid modules spanned across each horizontal plane and GE Tetra® LED Contour traced the perimeter of each box to provide the lit vertical profile.
Twenty-four video conference rooms, with twenty-four floating luminous planes, create a strong visual connection that can be seen from exterior and interior views, as the luminous frames architecturally stack through the building. Flicker free dimming is provided in each conference room with the integration of high-end broadcast quality drivers and the GE Tetra® LED technology.
The result is efficient, effective, unobtrusive and beautiful.
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