University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Way West
Berkeley Way West is a hybrid academic-speculative office building located in downtown Berkeley. The eight-story building houses the University’s Psychology, Global Health, and Education departments on the first five floors, leaving the upper three floors available for leasable office space.
Apeiro Design designed the lighting for the site and the interior office spaces occupied by the University, as well as conceptualized the lighting controls systems. During the construction administration phase, the firm was engaged by the design-build contractor to assist with lighting control system commissioning and fine-tuning for the classrooms, conference rooms and the multi-level atrium spaces.
The majority of the office space has an open and lively feel, while selected areas are designed to create a private and cozy atmosphere complete with comfy furniture. Dimming capability and lighting scene programming was crucial in establishing the feel of the different spaces: energetic versus calm, bright versus dim. In the classrooms, conference rooms and atrium spaces, the light composition has been carefully crafted for time of day and/or activities by balancing layers of light.
By closely working with the University and the project team through the end of the construction phase, exceptional design was achieved using cost-effective equipment.
University of California, Berkeley – Berkeley Way West
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Luminous cylindrical pendants fill the high volume of central circulation with light, as well as provide downlight for the lounge below.
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The seating area under the central skylight is primarily illuminated by daylight during the day; light columns and corridor lighting are controlled by daylight sensors which decrease and increase light level accordingly.
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Decorative pendants and uplights concealed behind the benches create a comfortable ambiance in the booths.
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Large luminous downlights integrated into the slatted wood ceiling provide ambient lighting in the reception area; linear wall washers light the graphics wall.
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Large circular pendants differentiate the collaborative work area from individual work stations.