Robin Hood Libraries

Concept drawings were done to study how the lighting solution could employ a simple sculptural and playful design language while connecting to the architectural details and design motifs.

A view of the library at P.S. 31. Custom fixtures were designed with bold color and references the children’s toy Slinkey. The fixture layout and irregular perforated metal louver pattern evoke a kinetic experience.

A rendered view shows the custom fixture in detail with its circular baffles and dimmable 3-lamp T8 fluorescent lighting system.

The library entrance at P.S. 31.

A challenge of the custom fixture design was the requirement that a single design solution accommodate the two libraries’ different ceiling heights. At P.S. 110, whose ceilings are 14-feet-tall. a pendant-mounted solution was installed, as seen in one of the reading areas.

At P.S. 31, where the ceiling heights are 9 feet 6 inches tall, a surface-mounted version of the luminaire was used.

A view of the main library seating area at P.S. 31. Both libraries have preset dimming lighting controls. The arrangement of the fixtures was zoned to allow for future integration of a lighting control system that potentially uses daylight harvesting.

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