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.


1.     “Sonoma Recording Studio," (From Nov/Dec 2015)
The Northern California Redwoods provide the setting for a musical retreat with lighting designed by San Francisco-based PritchardPeck Lighting.

Layers of light bring out the architectural details of the studio and provide a creative setting. In-grade uplights highlight the texture of the axe-hewn timbers, while monopoints on the cross beams provide an accent of sparkle and tasklighting for the musicians.
Bruce Damonte Layers of light bring out the architectural details of the studio and provide a creative setting. In-grade uplights highlight the texture of the axe-hewn timbers, while monopoints on the cross beams provide an accent of sparkle and tasklighting for the musicians.


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.

The entrance to the Fulton Center sits at the corner of Broadway and Fulton Street in Lower Manhattan.
James Ewing/OTTO The entrance to the Fulton Center sits at the corner of Broadway and Fulton Street in Lower Manhattan.


3.     “Michael Kors Shanghai Flagship Store Façade,” (From Sept/Oct 2015)
Tillotson Design Associates creation of a luminous façade showcases the identity of the Michael Kors brand.

Shop Michael Kors Shanghai
HG Esch Photography Shop Michael Kors Shanghai


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.

Forest of Light
Jason Getz Forest of Light


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.

Brian Rose


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.

James Newton


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.
 

The plaza is transformed at night by the lighting. The allée of London Plane trees are uplit by inground 30W 3500K luminaires. Linear LED fixtures (30W per 8-foot bench) accent the bench seating areas, and 25W LED projectors illuminate the flagpole and the fountains.
Olin/Sahar Coston-Hardy The plaza is transformed at night by the lighting. The allée of London Plane trees are uplit by inground 30W 3500K luminaires. Linear LED fixtures (30W per 8-foot bench) accent the bench seating areas, and 25W LED projectors illuminate the flagpole and the fountains.


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.

650 LED illuminated cubes form the installation. 
Arbuckle Industries 650 LED illuminated cubes form the installation. 


9.     “Rich Brilliant Willing Makes Its Move,” (From Nov/Dec 2015)
The up-and-coming fixture maker is breaking out of Brooklyn to formalize its place in the New York lighting design community and beyond.

Dustin Askland


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.

Mark Rothko’s Panel Four and Panel Five (Harvard Mural), with restored colors.
Peter Vanderwarker © President and Fellows of Harvard College Mark Rothko’s Panel Four and Panel Five (Harvard Mural), with restored colors.