|Washington DC, US
|Paths and steps
|Chris Ambridge AIA
John Eaton elementary school sits in the historic Cleveland Park neighbourhood of Washington DC. Established in the early 1900s, the institution began as a single building, later expanding in the 1920s, the 1930s and for a final time in the 1980s.
The school recently underwent a renovation, entrusted to Ambridge Architecture, aimed at modernising the historic campus and expanding the teaching areas. Special attention was given to maintaining the school’s outdoor areas, which are considered fundamental for play and learning.
It is in these outdoor areas that the architect’s new lighting design has included Pasito Mini 1.0 step lights: recessed fixtures that blend perfectly with their surroundings. In this case, the step lights have an anthracite finish and are installed in the railings that separate the upper storey play area from that of the ground floor. The fixtures’ very wide 150°x90° asymmetrical optics provide functional lighting for the entire area with a controlled downward light emission that minimises light spill.