Robert A.M. Stern Architects

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Note: This article appeared as part of the 2003 Hall of Fame series. More

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Acadia University

lighting designer ann kale was challenged by several stringent stipulations for this academic building, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and completed in 2002. At the client's request, the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre, a new academic facility for environmental studies at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, was styled after the traditional Georgian vocabulary and brick-and-limestone palette employed by the surrounding campus buildings. In addition to these aesthetic requirements, the client also wanted the building to be energy efficient, which, in terms of lighting, effectively ruled out the use of abundant incandescent sources. 'Stern doesn't like the institutional feel of fluorescent, however,' relays Kale. 'Therefore, the challenge of the project was to make compact fluorescent decorative fixtures provide the lion's share of the lighting, while appearing as if they were lamped with incandescent.' More

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