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Duke University Student Wellness Center

Prize(s) Winners in Community Building Lighting
Company Cline Bettridge Bernstein
Lead Designers Francesca Bettridge, Michael Hennes, Jeff Hoenig
Completion Date August 2017
Project Location Durham, North Carolina
Entry Description
Duke University's new, LEED Silver Student Wellness Center is designed to be integral to the healing process through its "sensitive response to the human condition.” The Center’s lighting design actively contributes to making this vision a reality.

Through its natural materials and expansive, transparent wall, the architecture provides a sanctuary for the student population. The lighting design illuminates the building from within, creating a welcoming presence that emphasizes this commitment. The many layers of light softly illuminate the interior surfaces and effectively dematerialize the exterior glass wall.

To heighten the effect of the light so it appears to come from the structure itself, the lighting is integrated and hidden into the architecture. The lighting is detailed in a way that prevents direct light-spill from the building into the sky after dark. An astronomical timeclock controls the lighting, dimming it slowly over the evening.

Lighting is a key element in a design that enriches the environment, promotes a sense of well-being and encourages students to use the Center’s services, reinforcing the importance of health and wellness at the university.