• 2014 AL Design Awards - Schindler Elevator Corporation—U.S. Headquarters

    A red and white color palette, along with strategically placed lighting elements, provides a sleek and minimalist-styled makeover to the company’s Morristown, N.J., headquarters.

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    2013 AL Design Awards - Venture Capital Office Building, Menlo Park, Calif.

    For this Silicon Valley–based venture capital firm, who requested to remain anonymous, Sean O’Connor Lighting was tasked with designing a lighting scheme that would be both environmentally responsible and technologically sophisticated.

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    Focus Lighting Office

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    Lighting Design Alliance Office

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    Leading by Example

    Lighting designers and architects are often so busy working on projects for their clients that they don't devote time to designing their own offices.

  • 1999 K St. NW

    Located in Washington, D.C.'s business corridor along K Street Northwest, a 12-story structure designed by architect Helmut Jahn sits luminous and sophisticated.

  • Busy Bees

    Made famous by the film starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, Notting Hill, an area in West London is affluent, fashionable, and known for its Portobello Road Market.

  • New York Times

    When the New York Times chose Renzo Piano Building Workshop's soaring glass and ceramic rod design in a limited competition for its Manhattan headquarters, it was looking to represent the fabled “gray lady” as a cutting-edge 21st century information organization, through both literal and metaphoric...

  • One Bryant Park

    One Bryant Park, located just a block from Times Square on 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, is scheduled to be the first LEED Platinum–certified skyscraper in the United States. Designed to house the New York offices of Bank of America (BoA), the building aspires to be a landmark, both for its...

  • Hearst Tower

    When the Hearst Tower was completed in 2006, it became the first office tower in New York City to be certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council for both its core and shell as well as its interior fit out. In part, it garnered this distinction for its use of daylighting controls, which...

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    Light, Plan, Form

    Skyscraper. High-rise. Tall building. Office tower. Call it what you want, there is no denying that this building type plays a critical, ongoing role in architecture's lexicon. A uniquely American innovation that defines the skylines of New York, Chicago, and so many other cities, the skyscraper is...

  • Glowing Glass

    It's not difficult to pinpoint which building along 15th Street Northwest in downtown Washington, D.C., is the Columbia Center. Completed in 2007, its glass curtain wall façade and glowing “lightbox” lobby stand out amid the surrounding drab 1970s precast concrete office buildings—which is exactly...

  • Precious Metal

    The anchor tenant of a light industrial park in Topeka, Kan., Cox Communications (CC) was in need of more space for its growing inventory—a new distribution center to respond to increased sales in the greater Topeka area. This was just the opportunity for CC's landlord, the owner of the office park...

  • Stair Power

    Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg is best known for turning American sportswear on its ear in the 1970s with her signature wrap dress. A savvy businesswoman and style icon, she is just as notable for hanging out with Andy Warhol (his portrait of her hangs prominently in her office) and as a...

  • Creative Artists Agency Headquarters

    outstanding achievement | interior lighting

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    Cira Centre, Philadelphia

    The Cira Centre sits across the Schuylkill River from Center City in Philadelphia, expanding the downtown skyline. The challenge for New York City–based Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design (CBBLD) was deciding how best to illuminate this “crystalline glass structure that was in no way like a...

  • Mazama Capital Management, New York City

    Tasked with bringing a sense of the Pacific Northwest to a historic building in midtown Manhattan, architecture and interior design firm Tobin+Parnes Design Enterprises (TPDE) created a functional, contemporary office space on the 37th floor in the landmark Seagram Building for Portland...

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    Color Kinetics, Burlington, Massachusetts

    No matter how familiar a lighting designer might be with light-emitting diode (LED) technology, it is no easy task to outfit 42,000 square feet of space with LEDs as the main illumination source, particularly when ongoing advancements are a fundamental component of employing this lighting...

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    Designers in Their Workplace

    While offices vary from company to company, something the six lighting design firms highlighted in this photo essay have in common is the desire for their design studios to foster communication and encourage collaboration.

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    Solar Strategies

    The first implementation of a daylighting system in a Latin American high-rise office tower puts this Mexico City project on the map.


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