Millipore Lobby Renovation Wins IES Illumination Award

  • July 12, 2016
  • Author: Sara Schonour

We are thrilled to announce that our design of the Millipore lobby renovation in Boston has received an Award of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). The award recognizes projects for their ingenuity and originality, as well as their contributions to the lighting design industry.

Millipore Lobby Renovation

More about the Millipore lobby renovation.

As a part of a branding and image transformation, this international life-science client sought to create a feature lobby gallery to welcome, engage, and educate visitors who enter the headquarters. The design has become the basis for six more of the company’s lobbies — expanding and empowering the client’s fresh new brand.

Millipore Lobby Renovation

The glowing, backlit walls of the company’s renovated space — carefully tuned to be in balance with the sun-filled lobby volume — become an immersive experience of technology and light, attracting attention and pulling visitors into a waiting area where lighting cues from the retail and museum industries help tell a story of innovation.

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A stretched translucent membrane — backlit with dimmable LED panels — creates the walls of the display space, with meticulously detailed edge-lit vitrines floating within showcasing the company’s latest innovations. Large-format LED screens complete the visual parti and display video imagery that reinforces the company’s new brand of storytelling.

The design charge of creating a perfectly even, luminous backdrop for the product displays while working around the hidden structural elements complicated the lighting approach. Infilling the gaps between cases with dimmable LED strips and painstakingly tuning the color temperatures and outputs of the different products made the challenging situation a comfortable, glare-free, glowing canvas to set off the didactic displays.

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Each display cleverly employs a series of efficient and easy-to-maintain edge-lighting elements, which highlight the objects inside. Hidden door hardware allows the featured products to be frequently rotated, so a lighting solution that could accommodate the variety of product shapes, sizes, and materials was critical.

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A fully-coordinated lighting control system utilizing dimming modules and timeclock functionality ensures the already low-wattage LED sources operate using as little energy as possible. Key lighting equipment is located in easy-to-access cavities for long-term maintenance.

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Open Hand Studio: Giving Thanks – The Meet & Match Way!

  • November 30, 2015
  • Author: Sara Schonour

Our Open Hand Studio hosted their fifth annual Meet & Match event in our brand new Boston office last week. With the Boston Society of Architects Foundation as our partners, we opened our doors to our new neighborhood and hosted a night of celebrating community-based design in Boston. The event was a wonderful success, bringing over 70 designers and community group leaders together for a one-of-a-kind opportunity: to share public interest design project ideas and meet with potential new partners in order to realize those concepts. I feel very thankful we were able to connect with and contribute to our Boston community in this way!

Open Hand Studio Meet and Match

Attendees heard from two kickoff speakers: Mike Davis from the Boston Society of Architects and Rashmi Ramaswamy from SHED Studio.  Rashmi had an amazing story to share about her connection back to the first ever Meet & Match held in Chicago of 2010 with Open Hand founders Ashley Marsh and John Syvertsen.

Open Hand Studio Meet and Match

The evening was focused on creating networks between non-profits with design needs and designers who provide pro-bono or reduced fee services. Through color-coded stickers, festive balloons, and “pre-match matrices,” attendees could make connections that fit their needs or matched with the services they could provide. Many successful connections were made – since the event we have received numerous notes of thanks and news of fruitful contacts which we hope will yield positive change in our community. At one point in the evening we also heard an inspiring Boston success story by Gretchen Schneider from the Community Design Resource Center. She spoke about the Woolson Street Community Garden project, which brought a neighborhood with a history of tragic violence together to transform a vacant lot into a highly utilized community park. This project helped to revitalize an underserved neighborhood by creating a safe space for residents to reflect, heal, and enjoy – giving poignant meaning to “pro-bono” (def: for the public good) design!

Open Hand Studio Meet and Match

There was a solid showing of CannonDesigners at the Meet & Match —many of whom were instrumental in making the event a success. Special thanks to the wonderful volunteers/coordinators from the Boston office (Jeneile, Laura, Jayn, Aimee, Christine, Anne, John, Lynne, Carlos, Timothy, Tiera, Andy, Brian, Amanda, and Chad), to our out of towners/leadership support (Danielle, Greg, Chris, Jamie, Paul and Kevin), and a big shout-out to Tom, who provided us with masterful graphic design style. Other members from the Boston design community in attendance included Increment Studio, ARC, Bergmeyer, Perkins + Will, COG Design, APP/Lab, and the Boston Design Museum, and members of community organizations included FamilyAid Boston, Three Squares New England, Livable Streets, Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, the Public Conversations Project, the Cambridge Historical Society, and many more.

Open Hand Studio Meet and Match

Open Hand Studio Meet & Match events have established a proven model for bringing design professionals and community group leaders together through an inviting and fun environment. We were so thankful that we were able to be catalysts for positive community change through this year’s Meet & Match!

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Shining Light On the Nantucket Community Music Center

  • June 1, 2015
  • Author: Sara Schonour

The Nantucket Community Music Center enriches the cultural life of the island by fostering and supporting music education and performance opportunities for young people and adults. In March of 2014 the group moved into their new (and first official) digs at 56 Centre Street. Our Boston team worked closely with visionary Wendy Schmidt and BPC Architecture to provide electrical engineering and lighting design services which help the exhilarating space come to life.

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With an overall lighting power density 32% better than ASHRAE 90.1-2007, this community music school is a striking example of how to combine innovative technological and sustainable design elements with stunning interiors to create a perfectly harmonious environment.