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Advocate Luthern General Hospital

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Photo Credits: © James Steinkamp / OWP/P | Cannon Design

Hospital lobby calms and soothes with interactive lighting


The mission behind Advocate Lutheran General Hospital's new main lobby design is to communicate their philosophy — cleanliness, calm, and unassuming competence — to patients and visitors as soon as they enter the hospital lobby. The new design includes a sculpted flight of doves that is indirectly illuminated from the window wall. The window wall also provides ambient illumination in the lounge seating area.

Respite and play are introduced through an interactive color-changing wall, using Color Kinetics iColor Cove NXT (now specified using iColor Cove QLX) and occupancy sensors. In its dormant state, the wall features a slow spectrum progression which transitions from bottom to top, providing a meditative experience in the drop off/pickup waiting area. Light shows are triggered when hands are placed inside the wall niches. Placing a hand in a single niche triggers a ripple-effect pattern. Placing hands in two niches creates an interference ripple pattern. The interactive wall is especially popular with younger visitors.

The hospital has also incorporated light in other areas to enhance patient and visitor experiences. A "pedestrian wall" features iColor Cove MX Powercore and motion sensors that enable the lights to follow the passersby. The hospital has also created 23 patient rooms for children, each outfitted with one iColor Tile FX 2:2 (now specified using iColor Tile MX) connected to a ColorDial wall-mounted controller (now specified using ColorDial Pro) with limited shows that the patients and their families can control.
Project credits

Lighting Design:

Leslie North

Aurora Lighting Design

System Integration:

DesignLab

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