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DeKalb Public Library

  • Location: DeKalb, IL
  • Architect: Nagle Hartray Architecture
  • Project Size: 65,000 SF
  • Project Completion: 2016
  • Photographer: Mark Ballogg
  • Awards:
    IESNA Award of Merit 2017

Inspired by its location in the beautiful Haish Memorial Library, we installed lighting in this Illinois library that speaks to its rich art-deco history. Ambient lighting throughout the space is created with two layers of light: LED linear pendants hung flush between the ceiling panels, as well as LED downlights with slope adaptors. The building’s original exterior wall is utilized as a showpiece at the entry, lit with 10-degree linear LED wall grazers tucked in an architectural pocket. Asymmetric LED fixtures mounted above the windows graze light onto the wood ceiling, resulting in a soft, warm glow. Finally, eye-catchingly colorful lighting on the second floor entices patrons to explore the children’s area, which inspires awe with its up-lit, color-changing ceiling. Other areas of the library also feature specialized elements, such as the mounted, oversized red LED domes in the teen section and the backlit, stretched fabric panels in the adult reading room.


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