A recording studio, a transit hub, a retail boutique façade, a botanical garden lighting installation, a library, a subway station thoroughfare, a museum plaza and façade, a holiday lighting display, an up and coming design studio, and an art conservation technique that uses illumination. These were the 10 project discussions that caught the attention of Architectural Lighting’s audience in 2015. While they vary in scale, scope, location, and lighting strategy, they are all constant in their attention to detail and fundamental use of light to transform space into an illuminated experience.
2. “Sky Reflector-Net at the Fulton Center,” (From Mar/Apr 2015)
James Carpenter Design Associates, Grimshaw, and Arup design a giant daylight reflector that draws eyes to the sky at this transit hub in Lower Manhattan.
4. “Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden,” (From Sept. 2015)
On view through Oct. 3, 2015, at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, this was the artist’s sixth solo show in the U.S.
5. “Illuminating a Cathedral of Learning,” (From Sept/Oct 2015)
An $18 million restoration to the nave of Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library enabled Helpern Architects and Kugler Ning Lighting Design to bring James Gamble Rogers’ Gothic Revival masterpiece back to life.
6. “Speirs + Major Illuminates Kings Cross Pedestrian Tunnel in London,” (From March 2015)
A mathematically inspired light wall references the transient nature of an underground commuter byway.
7. “Classically Deep: A New Lighting Scheme for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Plaza,” (From Jan/Feb 2015)
L’Observatoire International has designed an integrated lighting scheme for the Metropolitan Museum of Art that reveals the depth of the building’s Beaux-Arts façade and assists wayfinding in its new Olin-designed plaza.
8. “Luminaries Lights Up Lower Manhattan,” (From Dec. 2015)
The Rockwell Group’s new holiday lighting display is the star attraction at Battery Park City.
10. “Reviving Mark Rothko's Harvard Murals Using Light,” (From Jan/Feb 2015)
A cutting-edge conservation tool uses light to erase 50 years of damage to Harvard University’s famed murals by Mark Rothko.