Currently in the dining area of the Met Refectory, there is a series of ceiling trays with wood panels that house a combination of recessed lights and yellow-green cove lighting. The more enclosed areas on the two ends of the space have clusters of decorative glass pendant lights that makes the space more intimate. We felt that the artificial quality of the cove lighting as well as, the dark wood panels conflicted with the industrial theme of the Met.
For this project, the team decided to base the lighting recommendations on accentuating the natural light and the scenery flooding through the floor to ceiling windows on the entire west side. The ceiling trays, which are currently acting more as focal glow, will be covered with flat led panels to mimic the effect of a skylight as ambient luminescence. The walls on either sides will become a green wall with the track lighting acting as heat source. A straight tube of light will run along under the indented opening to the second floor. This will play the role of a focal glow indicating a pathway throughout the space as well as something that will visually connect the food service area and the dining area.