Commendable Achievement, Interior Lighting - Venture Capital Office Building, Menlo Park, Calif.

For this Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm, who requested to remain anonymous, Sean O’Connor Lighting was tasked with designing a lighting scheme that would be both environmetally responsible and technologically sophisticated.

Furthering the complexity of the job was the client’s request that only LED sources be used. Just three luminaire types are employed: linear light slots, downlights, and backlight panels.

In the offices and corridors, 3500K LED light slots have custom-designed asymmetrical downward and outward light distribution.

In areas that required directional light, such as the conference rooms, custom miniature downlights fit in between the slats of the wooden ceiling system.

The office’s neutral material palette of wood and glass meant that the lighting had to maintain a uniform brightness.

The lighting transforms the stair area of this two-story building into a sculptural configuration.

A backlit stretched ceiling-- controlled by a daylight-responsive dimming system--and purple-etched laminated glass walls glow without the trace of any fixture silhouette.

In the building's garage, general lighting is supplied by integrated LED MR16 lamps.

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