Draper Laboratory

CompanyLam Partners
Lead DesignerKeith Yancey, Jennifer Sanborn
CategoryInterior Architectural Illumination
DateJanuary 2016
LocationCambridge, MA, United States
Magnifying the quiet brilliance of many scientists, and casting light into the dark shadows of a tired, old 1980s building was the primary goal of the design team. The remarkable minds that helped Apollo 11 safely navigate to the moon in 1969 needed an environment conducive to their highest levels of performance. The new interior design needed to reflect the intelligence, creativity, and ingenuity of these scientists, to help display their services and perform their crafts. The 7th floor is the first impression for the outside world. That's where the design team started the transformation. Each programmed space utilizes a unique visual enhancement conducive to the programmed usage. Incorporating LED light sources exclusively, the design team was able to achieve lighting power densities 26% below the energy code. Further energy reduction is accomplished through automatic daylight dimming in all perimeter zones, and vacancy sensors in small offices and meeting rooms.