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Double Helix

Prize(s) Winners in Designer and Custom Lighting
Company Ascenti Lighting
Lead Designers John Fox
Other Designer's names Michael Dellemonico, Josh Crim
Client GlaxoSmith Kline
Photo Credits John Fox
Other Credits Specifier: Jacobs Project Management
Completion Date October 2021
Project Location Conshohocken, PA
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Entry Description

Pharmaceutical leader GlaxoSmithKline desired a focal point for their manufacturing facility atrium. The goal… mimic a DNA strand on a monumental, 90ft-long scale. Formed from (7) unique 3ft x 12ft-long segments, the Double Helix construct emerges visually as a single undulating entity. Each side rail consists of 2 rolled, sandwiched profiles for rigidity. 1” tubing emulates the cross-hatching of a DNA strand and cleverly provide suspension positions, hidden wire locations & structural support. Power-over-cable minimizes visibility of the suspension apparatus, eliminating unsightly cords. Connection is a breeze via plug-and-play connectors. Silicone profiles are mounted along the top & bottom of each spiraled leg, visually melding the two opposing LED strips into a single, 360-degree illuminated strand and delivering seamless illumination from any viewed angle. Could this be the largest illuminated DNA strand in the world? We’re not sure, but the Double Helix is certainly worthy of GSK’s grand inspirational vision. Floating ethereally through the space, this ambitious design transforms their façade into a welcoming beacon of healing and light.
Company Description

ASCENTI Lighting designs and manufactures custom lighting solutions for residential, hospitality and commercial projects, leading the charge in innovating Circadian Safe LED products. ASCENTI specializes in custom-engineered LEDs, DMX controlled residential lighting design and implementation, custom illuminated mirrors, sconces, chandeliers, art installations and large-scale video walls, as well as other 'World of One' feature luminaires requiring an elegant and high-performance solution.