Mega International Bank is a commercial bank in the financial district. The building is owned by the bank and is a NYC landmark. It was built 1n 1906 and was the New York Chamber of Commerce until the 1980’s. The main floor is approximately 50′ x 60’and has a 40′ ceiling height with a stained glass “skylight”. The walls are covered in dark red tapestry. It’s a jaw dropping space.
The floor has 24 workstations and there is no overhead lighting. The employees have been depending on a collection of fluorescent task lamps and working in a very dark space. Because it is a landmark, nothing can be attached to the walls or the ceiling, making for a very challenging lighting solution.
My plan, to heighten the mahogany work stations from 6′ to 9′ with carpentry in order to attach cable lighting from @Tech Lighting in order to create a false ceiling from work station to work station and provide downlighting from small spots attached to the cable. The carpentry will be finished to look like the existing furniture. All of the lighting will be LED which does not emit UV rays. This is especially important for the employees which have been complaining about their vision.
This lighting solution will provide sorely needed lighting from above for the employees, without being intrusive and is respectful of the space, combining old world opulence with new world, minimalistic, purely functional lighting.