In renovating and expanding the Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling, Ill., design architect Product Architecture + Design drew influences from the hospitality industry to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Design elements such as colored-glass room dividers and distinctive curvatures in the carpet, ceiling panels, and light fixtures create definition between zones in the library.
To accentuate the interior architecture, the designers worked with KSA Lighting & Controls to develop a two-fold lighting scheme: custom luminaires provide the desired aesthetic impact, while BASYS LED II downlights from Zumtobel offer unobtrusive, second-level lighting.
“We used lighting as a tool to pull people intuitively throughout the library,” said Dan Pohrte, Principal and Partner, Product Architecture + Design. “In this way, we could limit the amount of detracting signage and allow the architecture to remain the focus.”