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21c Museum Hotel 

21c Durham: Artful Illumination by Hotel Lighting Designer Illuminationworks

Combining a world-class contemporary art museum with a boutique hotel in the iconic Hill Building, hotel lighting designer Illuminationworks developed a lighting strategy that seamlessly integrates illumination for guest experience, art installations, and hotel operations.


Paying homage to the Art Deco heritage, our lighting unifies public spaces, destination restaurant, bar, ballroom, spa, and galleries, creating a cohesive ambiance throughout the day. Thoughtfully organized light fittings consider the challenging prospect that every area could be a potential art location.

Design Architect

Deborah Berke Partners 

Executive Architect

Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel

MEP Engineeer

KLH Engineers


21c Museum Hotels

Original Architect

Shreve, Lamb & Harmon



Award of Merit

2016 Illumination Awards

Illuminating Engineering Society
  of North America


2015 Best Hotel Renewal

Interior Design Magazine


2013 Tower Award 

American Institute of Architecture - North Carolina

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