A distinctive feature that surprises and delights people as they enter Butler Square is the abundance of natural light that flows into and through the building's interiors - from windows on all sides and from skylights that crown the East and West Atriums. Butler Square's facility management team has updated exterior and interior lighting on an ongoing basis using energy-efficient fixtures and sources. The overall goal was to enliven Butler Square's award-winning architecture while showcasing the clean and contemporary renovations to create a more engaging and compelling space for the user to experience.
The lighting design for The Butler Square Refresh builds upon various high-performance standards by replacing the existing yellow-hued, high-pressure sodium lighting throughout the atriums and public areas with high-color-rendering, warm white light from LED sources. The LEDs improve the quality of interior illumination and use less electricity.
The Refresh lighting design enhances the look and feel of Butler Square’s interiors by layering light from the bright new atrium floors upward to accentuate planters, furnishings, vertical surfaces and ceilings.
In addition, contrast and highlights were used to direct attention to gathering and feature areas within the open atrium area. New lighting was incorporated into the existing building lighting control system with dimming and color selection controls in select areas such as the tenant lounge and conference rooms for user flexibility and adjustment.
Lighting Designer: Schuler Shook
Photographer: Tom Wallace