A view of the Cranbrook Art Museum in 1972. The signature ceiling coffers had been turned off and retrofitted with an adjustable track mounted lighting system.
A view of the north gallery. The new ceiling coffers serve to articulate and organize the museum galleries and reinstate architect Eliel Saarinen's original architectural vision.
SmithGroupJJR found Eliel Saarinen's original detail drawings for the coffered ceiling in the Cranbrook archive and used them as an underlay to figure out how to detail the new retrofitted linear white LED lighting system.
In the main gallery, a close-up view of the modified coffer intersection with track accent lighting component.
In the Collections Addition, which houses storage and conservation facilities, the lighting designers wanted to create a contrast to the lighting approach in the museum galleries. A metal-grate system hangs below the ceiling so that the downlights, which have fluorescent fill, create texture on the walls.