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Spotlight: Claremont University

Spotlight: Claremont University

On the exterior, solar tubes are responsive to light levels.
Luke Gibson

This project is one section of AN‘s five-part feature on architectural lighting, "Sharing the Spotlight."   

Left to right: Overhead lights are hidden above sculptural ribs; The inside core is wrapped in a prickly skin of interactive LED bristles; detail of the LED lights.
 

The Claremont block isn’t just a harmonious environment of subtle tones and hidden light sources, there is also an aspect of drama, too. Jason Krugman Studio’s LED wall wraps porcupine-like bristles of blue lights around the central core of the otherwise column-free space. “We wanted to animate it through interactive technology,” said Lewis. Weaving this playful feature into the space was a collaborative effort in which Krugman took LTL’s design and made it his own, developing LED pieces, the wiring, and logistics of the piece. “Lighting was a way to perform a certain function,” said Lewis, “But it is also provides a psychological impact based on its aesthetic; LEDS, for example, are seen as spatialized artwork, as well as bringing light in a pragmatic sense.” The client’s most important motivation was the desire to erase the associations of the building as a disused maintenance block. It’s unlikely employees will mistake it for a maintenance building, however. Even the entrance draws office workers in with its slatted wooden wall threaded with lights.


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