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2016 Best of Design Award for Lighting > Indoor: Planned Parenthood Queens—Diane L. Max Health Center

Lighting Design: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design
Location: Queens, NY

Planned Parenthood’s new clinic in Queens transforms a former storage warehouse into a welcoming ambulatory healthcare center. Using the building’s generous new windows as inspiration, LED light coves in bold colors punctuate a sleek, white interior. These colorful elements work with signage and furnishings to support wayfinding and spatial organization and the overall design embodies a modern, forward-thinking spirit, representative of the center’s youthful clientele. A thoughtful combination of LED and fluorescent sources achieves a 5 percent energy savings beyond the stringent standards and also meets the project’s modest budget. Light, color, and architecture are woven together to create a friendly, upbeat health center that will serve as a guide for future Planned Parenthood facilities.

Architect
Stephen Yablon Architecture

Signage & Environmental Graphics
Calori & Vanden-Eynden

Dimming Ballasts
Lutron

Fixed-Color LED
Cove Lights

iLight Technologies

Adjustable Downlights
Lucifer Lighting

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Lincoln Square Synagogue. (Courtesy © Studio Dubuisson)

Honorable Mention, Lighting > Indoor: Lincoln Square Synagogue

Lighting Design: Tillotson Design Associates
Location: New York, NY

Lincoln Square Synagogue. (Courtesy © Studio Dubuisson)

Lincoln Square Synagogue. (Courtesy © Studio Dubuisson)

Small recessed LED downlights in the synagogue’s ceiling create the effect of a starry night, while LED coves with resin diffusers spill soft light onto the acoustical walls,
accentuating its form and completing the imagery of a nomadic tented structure under a desert sky.

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption. (Courtesy Misha Bruk)

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption. (Courtesy Misha Bruk)

Honorable Mention, Lighting > Indoor: The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption 

Architect: MBH Architects
Location: San Francisco, CA

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption. (Courtesy Misha Bruk)

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption. (Courtesy Misha Bruk)

In order to maintain the character of this important cathedral while modernizing its lighting, long-life solutions like LED and fluorescent fixtures as well as DMX lighting were seamlessly integrated. The system creates studio-quality imagery for television recordings while maintaining a warm glow.

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