Improved Office Lighting at the New Microsoft Technology Center Supported by Luminis

Luminis partnered with Illuminart, a Michigan-based lighting design company, to set up lighting installation for the new Microsoft Technology Center in Detroit, USA.

Microsoft has moved its regional technology and training center to downtown Detroit’s central business district. The new 45,000 square ft. (4180 square meters) space has functional rooms and common spaces. Elizabeth Williams, lighting designer at Illuminart, selected Luminis’ Syrios SY606 pendant, with both an up and downlight, as the predominant fixture throughout common spaces and corridors to set a calming mood.

“There is definitely more of a hospitality vibe,” said Elizabeth Williams, lighting designer at Illuminart. “It’s a comfortable, visually interesting space, with areas for clients to sit and enjoy themselves without feeling too corporate.”


Another component of the lighting design was the ability to create ambiance while still providing an environment that was conducive to work. Williams paid a lot of attention to where tasks would be taking place, including furniture layout and work surfaces. So, she appreciated that the Syrios SY606 is adjustable from both the top and bottom.

For training rooms, the lighting designer used Lumistik CL322 to provide the right combination of ambient light and aesthetics. Williams noted that the training room is more functional and corporate in its design, so they sought to create a break area that provided a contrast and enabled users to “shift their perspective”. The Lumistik products provide a welcoming, comfortable light to the overall space but also direct the appropriate amount of light to various areas such as tables, counters and appliances.

(Image: Luminis)

“It’s great to work with a manufacturer like Luminis that carries lines with a lot of different design options. It enables me to maintain the design aesthetics of my project while fulfilling specific functional needs,” said Williams.

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