Hotel and Restaurants Lighting
Emerson College Student Dining Center
Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design
Francesca Bettridge, Michael Hennes, Nira Wattanachote, Glenn Fujimura
Winner in Hotel and Restaurants Lighting
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.