Hotel and Restaurants Lighting

Emerson College Student Dining Center

  • Company
    Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design
  • Lead Designer
    Francesca Bettridge, Michael Hennes, Nira Wattanachote, Glenn Fujimura
  • Categories
    Winner in Hotel and Restaurants Lighting
  • Location
    Boston, MA, United States

A dramatic arts school’s dining center owes its inspiration to the theater. The architecture embodies elements of a stage: exposed brick walls, visible ductwork and abstract prosceniums. The lighting adds a bold graphic to these forms. On the ground floor, linear fixtures articulate the wooden arches. Alternating with linear pendants, they create a graphic sequence across the dining area. A brightly-lit stair draws students to the lower level for additional seating. The highlight of this lower level is a flexible event space. Large hoop fixtures create a dynamic ceiling composition that adds drama and sparkle. Interspersed among the hoops, luminous textile ceiling fixtures use video feeds to provide endless colors and patterns. By day, the space is a comfortable gathering place for students. At night, the lighting transforms the space into a cabaret for performances or after-hours socializing. The lighting solution is flexible and expressive, aptly reflecting the school’s culture.