Illuminart was tasked with updating the architectural lighting design for the 4,800 sf of historic restaurant space located on the ground floor of the high profile, 105 year-old Detroit Athletic Club building (Detroit, MI).
Lighting design for The Gallery & The Fresco required sensitivity to the historic Oak millwork, Pewabic tile flooring and hand-painted, vaulted plaster ceiling finishes, which were carefully restored to their original glory. Design considerations were made, while navigating equipment installation within aging infrastructure under a demanding construction schedule.
According to the design team at Illuminart, with two distinct dining areas - The Gallery and The Fresco, 'the lighting approach sought to honor the architecture of the spaces and highlight the unique elements of the rooms. The project's design goals included, 'increased visibility for customers, celebration of the well-appointed finishes and collected artworks, simplified lighting controls, decreased energy usage and demands upon maintenance staff.
Collaborative meetings with the design team and installing contractor were critical to working through installation details that took into consideration millwork modifications as well was ceiling accessibility issues and wiring paths that minimized disruption to the historic decorative plaster.
Energy consumption was decreased by nearly 70% and the exclusive use of LED sources greatly reduced the maintenance requirements. The lighting control system was set up to allow for easy day-to-day usage while still giving the client the ability to modify scenes when desired.
The updated lighting offers a more visually interesting yet comfortable environment that brings attention to many of the existing architectural details that previously had been overlooked.'
Illuminart would like to congratulate its design team partners - the Detroit Athletic Club and McIntosh Poris Associates on this incredible honor and recognition for outstanding design.
(Karl Geil, LC, IES, Lighting Designer, Illuminart, contributed to this article.)
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