INTERIORS 2014: Ross Nicholson lights up the University of Ottawa


The Faculty of Social Sciences building at the University of Ottawa had to have lighting designed for after dark, which is when many students finally get down to studying (Photo: Doublespace Photography)

Light Fantastic

Next time you’re in the podium of the University of Ottawa’s splendid new Faculty of Social Sciences building, check out the wood panelling beside the six-storey living wall. It’s subtle, but the wood is lit in a mottled fashion that echoes the natural variations in the greenery near it. A gobo — a specialized lighting device — creates the mottling, and Ross Nicholson gets a bang out of the result.