32ft LED Chandelier Mock-up Review


Virginia Theological Seminary Immanuel Chapel, Alexandria, VA.

Robert A. M. Stern Architects, Fisher Marantz Stone Lighting Design. Custom 32 ft diameter contemporary Gothic ring chandelier, textured Swedish Iron finish, 0-10V & ELV dimming LED chalice, accent, and downlights.

Robert A. M. Stern and Fisher Marantz Stone teamed up to design beautiful, state-of-the-art contemporary classical architecture and lighting for the Virginia Theological Seminary. Crenshaw was selected to provide a very large two-tier contemporary Gothic ring chandelier for the seminary’s Immanuel Chapel in 2013. At 32 ft in diameter some estimate that this will be the largest single light fixture installed in a church in the United States as of 2014.

Virginia Theological Seminary 2-tier ring chandelier design drawing
Design drawing

Complex multi-layer applique creates the decorative design motif, a custom hand-applied Swedish Iron multi-textured finish creates an Old World feel, and COB LED systems provide (16) uplights, (32) downlights, and (22) fixed and aimable accent lights, 0-10V and ELV dimmable across 7 circuits. Constructed of solid aluminum to mitigate weight, the completed fixture still weighs 3,500 pounds.


Mock-up Review

In April, 2014, representatives from Robert A. M. Stern Architects, Virginia Theological Seminary, Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. and Advance Project Management convened at Crenshaw for a mock-up review. Fully finished segments of the 32 ft diameter two-tier ring chandelier were examined for form, function, and finish quality. The location of the chalice cup uplights was evaluated but ultimately retained, and modifications were made to the original design with respect to the speaker cloth material and mounting. Collaboration among all parties on this project has been marked by professionalism, cordiality, and responsive attention to detail. Crenshaw is pleased to have been involved!


Read about the smaller fixtures reviewed during the same mock-up review.