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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS – NATIONAL AUDIO-VISUAL CONSERVATION CENTER

Light showcases the nations time capsule of sound.

This former Federal Reserve Vault is now home to the world’s largest collection of moving images and sound recordings. The facility housed by three buildings, was purchased by the Packard Humanities Foundation, rebuilt and donated to the Library of Congress. This is the first centralized facility in America especially planned and designed for the acquisition, cataloging, and storage preservation of the nation’s heritage collection of moving images and recorded sounds.

Re-imagined as a state-of-the-art building, solar studies were performed for the west facade and trellises of the building exterior for daylight opportunity. Inside, architectural lighting controls and electric light were integrated perfectly together creating an energy efficient solution. Lighting mock-ups for custom light fixtures were explored in close collaboration with the design team, Owner and manufacturer, creating a very successful project that integrates state-of-the-art lighting strategies and controls.

Project Highlights

• Daylighting integration
• State-of-the-art controls

Architect

• SmithGroup
• BAR Architects

Location

Project Background

• 415,000 square feet
• $155 million

Awards

Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
• Illumination Award of Merit

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