The United States Institute of Peace

A view of the United States Institute of Peace at night. The building glows from within, doubling as exterior as well as interior illumination.

Clerestories bring daylight into the corridors so that they only use electric light when necessary. T5 strips, which indirectly light both the offices and corridors, are integrated continuously into the base of the curving clerestories to keep the surface area of the ceiling uncluttered.

A view from the main building atrium looking up at  the offices.

In the amphitheater, the ceiling is the luminaire. Dimmable  T5HO fluorescent strips are concealed above and MR16 HIR adjustable accents  provide targeted illumination of the speaker at the front of the room.

The auditorium features a xenon backlit  wood-slatted wall and a tiered ceiling of undulating forms. T5HOs provide  general lighting and recessed PAR38 HIR adjustable accent downlights wash the  stage.

One of the internal connecting stairs in the building illuminated by compact fluorescents hidden in plaster niches that line the stair walls.

From inside the main atrium looking up at the  sail-like roof structure. T5HO forward-throw cove luminaires are located in the  tops of the perimeter walls to light the space. Digital addressable ballasts  allow light output to be tuned along the roof perimeter to accent the curvature  of the forms.

Carefully aimed in-grade ceramic metal halide adjustable accents illuminate the pronounced form of the exterior roof overhang.

The building relies on its interior lighting to  achieve its façade lighting. Site lighting elements are kept at a minimum; a  few bollards, an LED striplight in the curving bench, and a wash on the  inscription wall.

An exterior view of the building. A central  lighting control system coordinates a occupancy sensing, daylight sensing, and  local preset scene control for maximum energy savings.

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