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.
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.
Lam Labs at Lam Partners installed a site-specific light art installation “Light in Context ” at Buckingham Brown and Nichols Upper School Gallery in Cambridge, MA. Constructed of white screen, colored gels, and Color Kinetics RGBW 10×60 grazers, Lam transforms the BB&N Gallery space through light and material.
As the winning entry for the Light Boston Lechmere Viaduct competition, moonPHASE is our take on illuminating this dark MBTA bridge that carries the Green Line over the Charles River near the Museum of Science in Boston. moonPHASE re-engages the head of the Charles River with the lunar cycles and changing daily tides. The span of the bridge will show a gradient of pastel hued light representative of the high and low tides each day, while the arches will pick up the color of tide at that particular moment, slowly cycling up and down. The causeway lights create a marker, cycling through the same cool to warm pattern as each night progresses. moonPHASE bears witness to the temporal relationship between celestial bodies, putting our tenuous relationship with our planet in context.
XS House, located in Philadelphia’s Chinatown neighborhood, slots seven apartments into an 11-food-wide by 93-foot-long site, strategically occupying expanded bays, mezzanines, and bi-level upper units, for a total of 5,000 square feet. Lighting in the apartments was strategically placed to not take up the already limited space, while also complementing the urban architecture
The first phase of athenahealth’s Master Plan at Arsenal on the Charles includes a parking garage for 1,600 vehicles; a public park on the south edge, creating a civic space for athenahealth employees and the surrounding community; connectivity through the campus, and a dynamic screen wall at the entry into an adjacent existing building. Surrounding the garage, pedestrian-scaled pole-mounted lighting creates comfortable and safe nighttime environments. At the adjacent Building 39, a new entry is composed of a backlit, dynamic lightweight metal screen, which creates a focal point along the façade and conceals an unattractive 1990s warehouse addition. In the evening, the illuminated screen produces a lantern-like effect, slowly changing colors to enliven the busy circulation corridor.
With a data driven architectural concept, this early childhood development and daycare center attempts to disrupt the norm of early education. The main space is designed to feel like a large exterior environment while dwellings for the children, divided by age, are situated within an implied exterior environment. Each of the dwellings feature a unique architectural design with gracefully integrated lighting details that sinuously express the novel architectural forms through coves and slots.
This hybrid restaurant and performance art space, tucked into a single 500-square-foot room, is designed to amplify the rituals of eating and conversing by extending the dining timeline, letting the stories of the strangers around the table unfold. A linear perimeter slot with tunable-white capability transforms a scrim-like curtain into a soft but opaque surface during performance and dining events. Framed in a matte solid surface and lined with color-changing linear LED strips at their limits, deep portal-like openings connect the activities of the kitchen and bar (also seen as performance) to the space of cultural narrative and eating together.
An endless dining counter plays with the at times anonymous experience of the American diner counter at Saus. An expansive yellow countertop wraps the perimeter of the L-shaped dining space, serving comfort food late into the night. The orientation of the countertop, along with a series of parallel, mirrored surfaces, puts diners in close proximity without direct interaction. Lighting amplifies the countertop as the primary experience of the space.