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a new study in light


Montana State University Norm Asbjornson Hall


ZGF Architects

Advancing engineering education and research through engagement and collaboration, Norm Asbjornson Hall's dynamic central commons contains spaces for group and individual study.  A variety of lighting strategies support multiple learning and gathering modalities, enhancing placemaking at a variety of scales throughout.

The high volume of the commons presented design challenges and opportunities. Expressive lighting elements at the gathering stair creates a sense of place and scale. Careful fixture selection and placement contributed to the project's LEED Platinum certification while highlighting space and materials in the this new center for innovation and research.

photo credit: Lara Swimmer

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