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Mount Pleasant Home Atrium

 

The Mount Pleasnt Home in Boston is a  historic Georgian-style building and a residential care facility for seniors 62 and older. The non-profit organization sought to add living units and centrally located community space. WSP USA was retained by the architect, Next Phase Studios, to provide lighting design. 

The architect envisioned revitalizing and transforming the historic Georgian-style building with a new wing. 
Central to the design is a new three-story atrium that opens to the south and connects the old and new structures. The dramatic space supports new social areas, dining room and reception that became the focus of the expanded complex.

Lighting enhances the design concept of an airy, celestial ambience with skylight “clouds” and downlight “stars”. Daylight from the skylights and curtain walls on the south and north is largely diffuse, with accent provided by recessed compact fluorescent downlights which also illuminate the new activities. Selected downlights are adjustable with metal halide reflector lamps to accommodate the spatial complexities of the tall atrium, illuminate plants and show off sculptural objects hung as exhibits. The downlight pattern continues outdoors with metal halide fixtures to illuminate the relocated main entry and expanded outdoor spaces. The light sources are efficient and have long life for minimal maintenance.