the large boxes, the fixtures were then
shipped by a dedicated truck which drove
the eight hours to Kansas City prior to the
Fiber Space’s opening.
In the larger picture, lighting was
intended to create a homey, warm, and
comfortable space—a contrast to the high-tech products on display—but with unique
details that communicate Google’s fun and
playful brand. While traditional lighting
fixtures hung from the ceiling grid provide the bulk of ambient and spotlighting
in the space, other lighting installations
are intended primarily to highlight what
was physically happening on the floor.
For example, Hanson explains that a long
vertical drop of test-tube-shaped fixtures
mirrors the length of the display table
below. “We used the physical attributes of
lighting to provide cues about how visitors
could move through the space,” he says.
The space combines high-tech futuristic elements, such as the custom solid-surface ribbon walls and display tables, with local details
that customers discover as they walk through the space.