Last fall, Penn State Health celebrated the grand opening of Hampden Medical Center outside of Harrisburg, Penn., the system’s first new, community hospital expansion located outside of its main Hershey campus. The hospital is set alongside the Susquehanna River and a ridge portion of the Appalachian Trail, providing stunning views of the rolling hillsides. The exterior design is inspired by the many ways water flows through the hillsides of Pennsylvania, and that inspiration carried over into the lighting fixture at the heart of the hospital’s three story atrium.
The CD lighting studio alongside manufacturer and distributor JB Lighting Collection and lighting designer Lodes created the element using computational design to get the precise number and arrangement of pendant lights. CD Lighting Studio director Kate St. Laurent told the magazine: “We knew we wanted a sculptural light element which spoke to water, and presented multiple designs, one being Flow, featured in the atrium.”
She adds: “The form uses the “Golden Rule Spiral” that is so prevalent in nature as additional inspiration.” The magazine notes, “With their subtle, low profile silhouette, the A-Tube Nano pendants seem to nearly ‘disappear’ into the ceiling, allowing the focus to remain on the visually impactful form of the overall structure.”