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Younes & Soraya Nazarian Library, University of Haifa

Client: University of Haifa
Architect: Asaf Lerman Architects
Photo: Amit Giron

The key to the lighting design in the large and impressive library of Haifa University lies in the unique function of each of the various areas – a book area, a reading area, multimedia stands, and service counters. Scattered in a random manner throughout, and integrated into the drop ceiling which visually unites the entire space, is linear lighting, to which addition elements were incorporated as needed.

The librarian’s desk was set up using an elongated lighting profile that provides functional work lighting, and the multimedia stands have a submerged lighting profile that do not create a glare on the screens. Above the computer stands hang modern ball-shaped lighting fixtures, and adjustable desktops were attached to all the reading tables.

The green-colored wall that welcomes visitors is illuminated by a hidden light that makes it appear detached from the ceiling, and concrete-clad lighting fixtures are embedded into the outer spiral concrete steps, providing safety and a decorative marking at the same time.