CLINE BETTRIDGE BERNSTEIN LIGHTING DESIGN LEVERAGES THEATRICAL ROOTS TO CREATE A MODERN, CREATIVE VIBE
Luminaries of the lighting profession gathered at the elegant Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia, PA USA on 22 May to honor the winners of the 36th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards. Twentythree projects from 12 countries were on display—including exteriors, interiors, workspaces, museums, hospitality sites and a place of worship. This year’s winners represent some of the most innovative and inspiring architectural lighting design work found anywhere in the world.
The design of the Emerson College Student Dining Center in Boston, MA USA with lighting design by Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, took home an IALD Award of Excellence.
Lighting elements with theatrical roots permeates the Emerson College Student Dining Center with a warmth and energy that encourages students, staff and guests to engage in a range of activities from rehearsing to socializing.
The team at Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design reflects the expressive nature of the art school through their intentional selection of dramatic lighting effects throughout the space, generating a youthful, modern and creative vibe.
Glowing, abstracted proscenium arches stretch between the upper and lower floor, creating a unified space. This design lives on the ribs of a former industrial building utilizing linear fixtures that alternate with linear pendants to articulate the proscenium shape.
Accent lights in the fly space at the ceiling level highlight the brickwork and theatrical uplights mounted between the beams and create a cadence across the dining area, showcasing the interesting structure of the space and giving a warm, comforting glow. Students feel more apt to dive into theatrical work as they imagine themselves in the proscenium.
Additional theater motifs include the brightly lit stairs between the two levels and the sleek wall sconces along the perimeter. Track fixtures that match the ceiling and mechanical elements offer more lighting for tables.
Similarly, the designers echo previously used sconces and vertical lighting throughout the space. Each effect recalls the lines in the main seating area.
To celebrate the performance and artistic oriented nature of the school, lively lighting affects create areas for congregation on both levels. The lounge’s large custom hook fixtures offer a sparkling ceiling composition that contrasts with the rectangular and linear motifs of the dining areas, highlighting the vast and changing tones of all performances.
Embedded between the hoops are luminous textile ceiling fixtures that transmit video. Lighting programs provide colors, patterns, impressionist images, or even outdoor settings, giving an open-air feel to the underground lounge. These tiles also offer a soundproofing effect, essential for performance spaces.
Judges commented that “details are well integrated, carefully thought out and tactfully restrained.” Designers hit the ideal balance between emphasizing a theme and being multifunctional. The variety of lighting effects and placements give space for multiple moods and ambiances, making the space flexible for multiple uses—the best outcome for Emerson College’s needs.
Whether students find themselves in need of entertainment, a distraction from an upcoming performance, or just a place to dine, the lighting design by Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design embraces the heart and personality of the school.
Emerson College Student Dining Center
Boston, MA USA
Francesca Bettridge, IALD
Glenn Fujimura, Associate IALD
Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design
Elkus Manfredi Architects
R. G. Vanderweil Engineers
McDonald Electrical Corp.
© Peter Vanderwarker (Images EmersonDining_01 through _05; _07 through _10; and _13 through _15)
© McDonald Electrical Corp. (Images EmersonDining_11 and _12)
© Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design (Image EmersonDining_006 is a section perspective diagram by Cline Bettridge Bernstein)