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U.S. Federal Courthouse

Islip, New York

Client: General Services Administration (GSA)
Architect: Richard Meier & Partners Architects / The Spector Group
Completion: 2000

The architect’s concept for the courthouse was “…an idealistic, transparent structure – an accessible house of equality and justice for our democratic society.” To reinforce this concept, the designers relied on careful integration of the lighting and architecture. Linear fluorescent lamps were integrated in architectural coves and niches to provide the ambient circulation lighting. In the courtrooms, the designers integrated the lighting with architectural metal and glass surfaces to provide a lighting solution with a sense of decorum that was appropriate to the space. The resultant lighting design meets the stringent federal criteria for the differing light levels for the various courtroom tasks.