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Winter Visual Arts Center - Franklin & Marshall College
by L'Observatoire International

Winter Visual Arts Center – Franklin and Marshall by L'Observatoire International
Paul Warchol

L'Observatoire International has created a multifunctional lighting concept in celebration of architectural form.


The new Winter Visual Arts Building on the campus of Franklin & Marshall College was designed by Steven Holl Architects and sees the structure's concave curves nestled among 200-year-old trees.

With this in mind, L'Observatoire International's multifunctional lighting concept celebrates the distinctive geometry of the building's architecture while establishing the Visual Arts Building as a thoughtful and contextual addition to the campus.

In common spaces such as the ground floor forum, monopoints and track systems offer adjustable lighting for exhibitions and events, while integrated lighting shapes the overall atmosphere. Elsewhere, exterior lighting was designed to amplify the unique character of the building, enhancing the elevated structure to create the impression of a floating volume.


This project has been longlisted in the architectural lighting design category of Dezeen Awards 2022.

Designer: L'Observatoire International

Project: Winter Visual Arts Center - Franklin & Marshall College

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