Launch Slideshow

The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, New York

The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, New York

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    Ryan R. Browne

    Daytime view of the tower looking toward the V-shaped facet.
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    Ryan R. Browne

    Nightime view of the tower looking toward the V-shaped facet.
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    Diagram indicating tower architectural conditions requiring different lighting solutions.
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    Lighting diagram for condition no. 1: the double-walled tenant level portions of the V-shaped facet.
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    David Sundberg

    View inside condition no. 2—mechanical level zone within the V-shaped facet showing the translucent wall inserted behind the primary curtain wall and associated lighting.
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    View from the roof deck looking toward condition no. 3: tower top portion of the V-shaped facet.
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    Ryan R. Browne

    Nighttime view of the tower showing the complete lighting composition including lighting condition no. 4 at the mechanical levels and condition no. 5 at the tower top flanking the V-shaped facet wall.
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    Nighttime view of the tower showing the tower top and spire lighting.
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    David Sundberg

    Nighttime view of the tower showing the spire lighting in color-changing mode.
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    David Sundberg

    Nighttime view of the tower showing the spire with the adjacent tower’s antenna. (Lighting for both was designed together.)
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    Nighttime view of the tower showing the entire lighting composition, including the adjacent tower’s antenna.
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    Nighttime view of the tower showing the entire composition on the city skyline.
 

Located a block from Times Square, One Bryant Park's lighting designers—Cline Bettridge Bernstein—had the unenviable task of creating a nighttime presence for this high-rise office tower, one that would not only make its mark on the New York skyline, but also adhere to the LEED Platinum building's sustainable mandates.

The technical feat of this project is in the lighting designers' ability to realize the architect's vision for a glowing building top despite clear glass, minimal structure, a requirement for unobstructed views, and competing illumination from the interior offices. The top of the building—a V-shaped facet wall—had five different architectural conditions, and the lighting designers had to develop a different solution for each one. Color temperature proved the constant in tying them together. Using different techniques—uplighting, floodlighting, and backlighting—with a combination of LED, fluorescent, and metal halide sources, all combined in 3000K and 5000K, the required illumination was achieved.

The lighting crescendoes with the illumination of the 300-foot-tall spire uplit with LEDs at each tier and DMX-controlled to allow for color changing and dynamic effects. One Bryant Park's lighting design adds a contemporary lighting response to the city skyline without revealing the lighting acrobatics behind it.

Jury Comments: The technical achievement in illuminating this building, particularly the top, is extraordinary. • It adds a contemporary lighting expression to the New York City skyline.