Lumen United Reform Church and Community Center

External view of the Church at dusk from Regent Square. The sanctuary space is illuminated by both direct and indirect lighting elements.

The stained glass window and East Community room beyond as seen from the garden. The community rooms use direct linear fluorescent and linear fluorescent cove lighting. The indirect lighting of the cove creates an architectural connection between the community rooms and the garden. The use of indirect lighting continues in the garden under the benches and in the bench alcoves providing subtle lighting to the garden seating. In the summertime, the community rooms can be opened into the garden creating one continuous space.

View from the garden into the West community room. The community rooms use direct linear fluorescent and linear fluorescent cove lighting.

View of the sanctuary from the altar. The sanctuary is illuminated indirectly with perimeter linear fluorescent fixtures mounted on the wall. The simple switching between direct and indirect lighting, and the separation of the switching between the caf?? and worship spaces, gives the congregation three 'scenes' for different activities, such as worship, classes, day care, and concerts. Linear fluorescent is used throughout the project to achieve an efficient lighting solution that is also low maintenance and low energy. The sanctuary's dark ceiling was painted white, as were all the wall surfaces, to maximize the use of daylight and minimize the need for supplementary electric lighting during the day.

View from the caf?? to the entrance. The linear fluorescent direct/indirect lighting system is integrated into the architecture between the structural concrete columns. The fixtures create a datum at the architectural openings between the central sanctuary spaces and the entrance, community rooms, and cafe.

View from the worship space into the East community room and garden beyond. Skylights and glazing in the East and West community rooms maximize the use of daylight for daytime functions.

Lighting plan and sections through the Sanctuary.

Lighting and mounting details of the custom linear fluorescent luminaire.

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