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ando gallery

Designed by world renowned architect Tadao Ando in 1998 for the Art Institute of Chicago. This gallery envelops the intimate architecture of the sixteen columns standing within. Due to critical lighting upgrades 20+ years later, the curatorial team requested a new look at the lighting within this intimate gallery. Simple angled custom light wells were designed to hide pinspot LEDs at the bottom of the screens to ensure even illumination without distracting from the seamless architecture Ando designed years earlier. WiFi enabled track lighting was installed overhead to allow the curators and installers to change settings from outside the tight case. The effect is even and flexible for future installations and maintains the low 5 footcandle limit required by conservation.


The Art Institute of Chicago


lighting design and project management

year completed


work completed while at AIC

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