SLOCUM HALL – SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
Syracuse, New York
The lighting for Slocum Hall honors the building’s historic structure while engaging the students and faculty in a dialogue on 21st Century design. The clean, modern lighting design reinvigorated the landmark Beaux Arts building, despite the constraints of an extremely low fixture budget.
The renovation re-opened the five-story atrium, allowing daylight penetration. A key renovation principle was editing the details, keeping the space visually open and making the atrium an extension of the classrooms. Originally the building contained a two-story lecture hall. Reconceived, the volume is split horizontally in half with a new, bamboo clad auditorium inserted and suspended above a flexible gallery space.
The lighting addresses the needs of each space, with ultimate flexibility for the gallery and architectural enhancement of the auditorium.