Best Use of Color, Color - Duke University Medical Center Cancer Center - Quiet Room, Durham, N.C.

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 entrance to the Cancer Center Quiet Room.

The room's circular shape creates a cocoon-like feel, and gives patients and their families a secure sense of place.

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.

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