Arup provided comprehensive daylighting and electric lighting design services for the addition, using quantitative analysis to shape daylight systems throughout the building.
The electric lighting design is unified by a flexible system of recessed, surface-mounted and pendant fixtures that carries the visual language throughout the building.
We made daylight the primary light source for a triple-height exhibition gallery, gathering light from a north-facing façade and an advanced skylight system.
To provide flexibility for different exhibits and curatorial goals, we optimized the lighting design for a moveable structure that allows the room to be configured in 12ft, 24ft, and 36ft ceiling heights. By reconfiguring three layers of internal and external shades, the museum can also fine-tune the amount of light entering the space for different exhibitions.
The skylight system includes a unique microlouver in the glazing unit to maximize transmission of diffuse light into the space while blocking all direct sunlight to protect sensitive works of art.
The music hall’s skylight system provides acoustic separation from the outside to allow daylight into a space that traditionally is closed to the outdoors.
We created a customized, state-of-the art LED lighting system to integrate precisely with the distinctive balcony architecture and complement the daylight in the space by softly illuminating the articulated, acoustic-optimizing ceiling structure of each level.
Almost every space in the building has access to natural light, from the conservation labs and new administration spaces to the glass-enclosed link to the existing building and main stair, which acts as the central focus of the new space.