2014 Design Problem

A prominent high-end hotel chain in a major city in the Mid-west is renovating their main ballroom. They want to install a chandelier that is both decorative and functional. The ballroom is 30’ wide by 120’ long with a ceiling height of 20’. It is divisible into 3 separate spaces. The ballroom is used for meetings, conferences, parties, dining and stage events. Temporary theatrical lighting and video projection restrict the drop of the chandelier to 17’ above the finished floor. Design a light fixture that will be a signature piece for the room(s), contribute sufficient light for the various tasks, be energy efficient and work when the room is divided or open. It is up to you to determine the ballroom design. Consider maintenance issues and the appearance of the fixture when it is on and off. Your chandelier should use energy-efficient lamps, such as fluorescent, LED, OLED or other light sources with good color rendering and long life. The ballast or power supply should be integral to the fixture. Self-ballasted lamps and other retrofit lamps that fit into incandescent screw base sockets are not acceptable. Identify all major components and materials.

First Place

Ebberly Strathairn, Architecture, Columbia University

Second Place

Omar Hason, Architecture, University of Oregon

Third Place

Junrui Wang, Architecture and Architectural Lighting Design, Parsons the New School for Design

Third Place

Neisha Blain, Interior Design, Weber State University

Citation for Presentation

Chenyu Pu, Architecture, Columbia University

Citation for Presentation

Hannah Morris, Interior Design, Ringling College of Art + Design

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