On a six-acre sacred site in Montgomery, Alabama, this national lynching memorial recognizes the history of racial injustice in our country and serves as a remembrance of the victims and those who fled from racial terror in America. Approaching the memorial, the form is dark and mysterious. As you get closer, a glow from beyond the forest of monuments beckons. At the threshold, massive monuments rest silently on the ground. Quickly the ground begins to give way, spilling light out under each monument. Down the first ramp, each of them is lit from below by a narrow beam of light. As you transition, the monuments are no longer engaged with your body; they now fly above your head. At this point, the lighting for each monument gives way to a pattern of uplights, which create a dappled, uneven effect above.
The interior renovation of the Free Library of Philadelphia, located in a 90-year-old Beaux Arts building in Logan Square, aims to restore the building to its original grandeur, while creating new public spaces for the library of the 21st century. The Architect’s vision of a trellis ceiling comes to life with custom direct/indirect fixtures, integrated within the existing beams of the ceiling. Fitting between non-symmetrical beam spacings, the light fixtures provide a grand gesture of a pattern, spanning from the great reading room all the way through to the meeting rooms and study areas along the building’s perimeter, and throughout all floors of the library. The light levels are controlled through various scenes to allow for flexibility between daytime, nighttime, and evening events.
Main Street Station, designated as a National Historic Landmark, is a rehabilitated and repurposed former train shed located in downtown Richmond, VA. Originally built in 1901, and attached to north end of the Renaissance Revival-style headhouse, the shed once served as a dead-end platform for passenger trains. The building was stripped down to its riveted steel structure and reskinned to create the beautiful and historically respectful building you see today, which serves as an event space.
The Linde Center for Music and Learning on the Tanglewood campus in Lenox, MA is located in the idyllic Berkshires. It includes three rehearsal buildings, with the largest of the three providing a performance space, connected to a café. A winding pathway between the buildings is thoughtfully lit by off-center downlights, reducing light spill to the outdoor performance area. Dimmable exterior lighting allows for ambient levels during concerts, while reducing light trespass for neighbors. This comfortable outdoor concert venue is a perfect place to bring a blanket and picnic basket and to enjoy an evening of lovely music.
Located in a 15,000 square foot industrial space at the active East Boston Shipyard, the ICA Watershed creates a unique setting for artistic exploration. Visitors are greeted by translucent polycarbonate facade on either end of the elongated space, illuminated from within to create a lantern effect visible from across the Boston Harbor. Breaking from the typical black box gallery model, daylight pours through a narrow skylight, exposing the richly textured concrete-and-cinder block surface of the west wall, while linear fixtures tucked behind beams wash the opposing white wall. A grid of clamping bars provide homes for art lights among the steel trusses. This series of lighting schemes creates a unique visitor experience throughout the building and gallery spaces while revealing the Shipyard’s industrial history.
The new home for Boston University’s Howard Thurman Center encompasses 19,000 SF and is a key student life hub at the center of campus. The new space supports existing programs, allows for expanded programming, and captures the energy of the people who make the center unique. The street-level space brings increased visibility to the Howard Thurman Center through a new building entry defined by the undercut corner of the building. Inside, a variety of meeting and event spaces, both formal and informal, provide the flexibility to support a variety of programs. Staff offices are dispersed throughout, allowing for increased student-staff interactions and visibility throughout the center. The meditation room allows for students to decompress and focus their attention in a quiet space. The whole design is grounded and centered on a community stair that connects the two levels and provides spaces for gathering, performing, and chance meetings.
From the beginning, the Edward S. Wolak Library was conceived as a daylighted space. The tall expanses of vertical glazing in the main reading room offers sweeping views out and ample daylight in. The glass walls are protected by a warm wooden lid serving as a portico and large-scale overhang to shield direct sun. On the west façade there is an additional layer of vertical wooden fins to help block low setting sun. In the center of the large two-story reading room, is a sculptured laylight that diffuses daylight and balances the brightness from the abundant vertical sidelighting. Most all of the electric lighting is integrated above the sculpted ceiling, tucked into coves, slots, and other architectural details to supplement daylight when needed, and to glow the building at night.
New England Holocaust Memorial
|SIZE:||Six 54-foot high towers|
|OWNERS:||New England Holocaust Memorial; Combined Jewish Philanthropies|
|PHOTOGRAPHER:||© Tracy Shankle|
|DESIGN TEAM:||Keith Yancey|
Working closely with the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Lam Partners redesigned the existing lighting for six glass towers, associated submerged pits, and surrounding landscape area that comprise the New England Holocaust Memorial. Originally conceived of as fire pits below each glass tower, these features were relighted with a message of hope in mind. Using an animated fiber optic system, a powerful starry illusion invites the gaze of the passerby while walking underneath each uplighted glass tower. The grazing uplight, combined with the dynamically lighted steam-filled mysterious pits, transforms the memorial’s experience at night.