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North Regional Library - Minneapolis, MN

As a key component to neighborhood revitalization, the City of Minneapolis chose to renovate the 1970’s era North Regional Library. The library was to become an enticing, energetic, alternative gathering space for neighborhood youth and young adults.

The challenge of providing good quality lighting while remaining true to the playful spirit of the
new space made custom light fixtures a desired option. Both direct and indirect illumination was
desired to achieve required light levels on stacks and enhance the architectural details of the
space. Direct viewing of the fixtures was also considered, as they would occupy a 2-story volume adjacent to a mezzanine level open balcony.

Because of the scale of the light fixtures needed, it was essential that they not feel or look overly
heavy. To meet the criteria, custom 6ft. square, open pyramid frame fixtures utilizing T5HO lamps were developed. Etched acrylic fins suspended from the airy frames provide visual interest and minimize glare. The scale and openness of the fixtures compliments the geometry of the painted wood ceiling.

Coordination of fixture and ceiling finishes minimizes contrast, enhancing visual comfort. IESNA recommendations of 30 vertical footcandles for the stack area were met. The system utilizes 1.38 watts/sqft, falling below ASHRAE 90.1 requirements of 1.5 watts/sqft. Stringent budget goals were achieved through close coordination with the custom fabricator. Relamping is easily accomplished using the owner’s lift.

The libraries playful yet sophisticated lighting design succeeded in complimenting the architecture while beckoning excitement to passersby both day and night.



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