Thursday, February 21, 2008

and Rye N said..Let There Be Light...

As you will come to learn I'm fascinated with Lighting. Whether it be Lighting Design, Fixtures, Controls or Applications my eyes widen at the essence of lighting. I have worked on various Residential and Commercial lighting projects and hope that my personal experience can bring a better understanding and concept of Lighting.

Project | 1 Norwood Way | Kensington, CA. | Residential Application | June 2006

Nestled in a remote area of Berkeley, is an original 1950's house built by local architect William McCormick, situated on a half-acre site with a stunning panoramic view of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco skyline, Angel Island and Mount Tamalpais.

Being that McCormick was an admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright, the house featured the same strong geometric presence and overhanging eaves so familiar with many of Wrights signature designs. Being that the builder wanted to keep it's clean and simple lines it was a challenge to bring a modern feel.

One of the most distinguishing aspects of the house was the abundance of day-lighting. This was achieved with the huge floor-to-ceiling windows which flood the house with light and showcases the view from all rooms.

Though the Bay Area is known for it's great weather, there are times when the sun doesn't want to cooperate. With this in mind, the living room was outfitted with fluorescent dimming up-lighting provided by Bartco Lighting slim line strip fixtures, which were controlled with Lutron dimmers.

Keeping in mind of clean and simple lines the kitchen was outfitted with Elite low-voltage recessed lighting which were also controlled by Lutron dimmers. Juno Lighting pendants were installed over the counter area to give accent lighting. The result as you can see is a modern kitchen which doesn't deviate too much from simplicity.

In all the challenge in keeping the house simple and clean was accomplished. The project took a little over nine months and the property sold for $3.2 million.


wallace said...

so when i finally add a house to my collection of material items, you're coming over and doing the lights. aite?

Rye N said...

Of Course. When that day comes I'll hop onto the next flight and do a walk through and consultation on what type of lighting that would work for you residence.