The Duke University Medical Center Cancer Center is a serious place for those dealing with this illness. How each patient, family member, or loved one confronts the wide range of emotions associated with treatment can be as varied as the diagnoses. Tasked with the challenge of providing a multipurpose, contemplative space for a wide range of moods and emotions, Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design (CBBLD) organized the Cancer Center’s Quiet Room with the tranquility of nature in mind.

The focal point of the space is an illuminated glass sculpture surrounded by seating banquettes accented with wood trellises. To re-create the soothing effect of a body of water, CBBLD lit the sculpture internally. Two strings of color-changing, linear LED fixtures, programmed with individual nodes, simulate the rippling of water on the surface of the glass, which is textured to add to the overall effect. CBBLD also outfitted the room’s ceiling coves and walls with linear RGB LEDs. This allows the color of the entire space to subtly shift from red to blue to green to yellow, either independently or in concert with the sculpture. The entire room can be DMX controlled. While the hospital pulses with activity, the Quiet Room provides a place of calm, and CBBLD hopes it will provide those who enter it with a renewed sense of hope.

Project: Duke University Medical Center Cancer Center Quiet Room, Durham, N.C. •  Entrant: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, New York •  Owner/Clients: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. •  Architect: Duda/Paine Architects, Durham, N.C. •  Lighting Designer: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, New York  Team Members: Francesca Bettridge, Michael Hennes, Mitul Parekh, and Jeff Hoenig •  M / E / P Engineer: United Engineering Group, Raleigh, N.C. •  Photographer: Les Todd, Duke University Photography, Durham, N.C. •  Project Size: 600 square feet •  Project Cost: Withheld •  Lighting Cost: Withheld •  Watts per Square Foot: Complies with ASHRAE 90.1 •  Code Compliance: Complies with local code •  Manufacturers: Acuity Brands Lighting/Winona Lighting; B-K Lighting; Philips Color Kinetics Jury Comments: Thoughtfully done. • Color plays a real role in creating a calming atmosphere.