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The Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre, in British Columbia has a stunning new aquatic facility. The natatorium, which includes a lap pool, leisure pool, hot tub, sauna and climbing wall, is an architectural showpiece, with a unique lighting design that creatively illuminates and integrates with the facility’s design.
Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects Inc., the project architects, had originally envisioned an expansive wooden ceiling with embedded linear lighting that would accentuate the dramatic ceiling angles. As a part of the design and construction process, the original ceiling was stripped back, opening the ceiling and exposing pipes, beams, and other mechanical infrastructure.
The project’s lighting designer, Doug McMillian of AES Engineering, recommended an alternative lighting design that would enhance the space by replicating the ceiling’s original angles and structure. In his design, the linear lighting, mounted in the same angles and plane as the former ceiling, was suspended across, effectively recreating the original plane and angles, and pulling viewers’ eyes away from the exposed beams. The lighting essentially “became” the ceiling.
A-Light’s Design Assist team customized the Accolade D2 to McMillan’s specifications. Utilizing custom-milled mid-blocks, the team was able to isolate the top optical chambers at the joints which would be sealed, enabling them to provide dedicated mounting points, and maintain a continuous lens on the direct portion of the luminaire.