The lighting of the historic Boston City Hall has given new life to this landmark building. Lam Partners worked with the Boston Public Facilities Department and architectural firm Utile to highlight the Kallmann, McKinnell and Knowles building’s original design intent of civic aspiration and monumentality with lighting. LED technology was implemented throughout, providing color-changing flexibility while also helping to meet the city’s sustainability goals. The new scheme removes the unsightly flood lights that were added to the building over the years to make Boston City Hall a more vibrant, safe, and welcoming space at the city’s civic heart.
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.
As part of the Somerville Arts Council “nightLIGHTS,” a series of light installations appearing throughout the city, Lam Partners created door², an immersive “door” experience that envelopes a warm inviting light to create the experience of home.
At Davis Square Plaza and the East Somerville Library a re-purposed, wooden front door stands alone in its frame. As passersby grow curious, they will find they can open the door partially and be immersed in the warm inviting light of “home”, while they are briefly silhouetted against the darkness of the evening.
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.
In preparation for its 125th anniversary, Phipps Conservatory undertook the restoration of the historic ogee crest, which had been missing from the glasshouse since 1937. As part of the celebration, a new lighting scheme was envisioned to turn the original Lord & Burnham design into a lantern for special events. This design helps to reveal the ogee’s complex curves and brings life to it as it soars above Schenley Park.
Beyond Walls is a group of business owners, residents and artists creating public art, seeking to revitalize Lynn, MA, and to offer improved wayfinding and a sense of security in the heart of the downtown area. Lam Partners teamed with Payette and Port Lighting to design dramatic and colorful underpass lighting, connecting Central Square and Washington Street, creating an inviting and appealing nighttime experience.
The rehabilitation of the historic Anderson Memorial Bridge has given new life to this existing landmark, connecting Cambridge and Allston/Boston. Reproduction post-top lanterns were designed, based upon historic photos of the original fixtures – recreating the original lighting, using modern technology. Accent lighting of bridge arches and pilasters reveals the architectural form at night, and further revives this recognizable feature on the Boston/Cambridge skyline.
The renovation of Cambridge Common and Flagstaff Park included improvements to walkways and lighting and the realignment of a major path. Existing lighting was completely replaced, in accordance with a new design by Lam Partners. This included a comprehensive selection process of a new LED post-top fixture that became the standard for all parks in the City. Fixtures are controlled by wireless adaptive dimming controls that dim the lights late at night. In addition to lighting all the paths, new lighting was provided for the Civil War monument, revealing this landmark that had been lost from view after dark.
Located near the historic State House in Boston, the Garden of Peace commemorates victims of homicide. It is a symbol of the hope for peace, and a reminder of the lasting impact of violent acts. The lighting for the memorial encourages quiet contemplation. The central focus of the memorial is a dry streambed, filled with smooth stones engraved with the victims’ names. A trickle of water appears, moving through the garden, and finally flows into to a pool with a soaring sculpture, representing hope. Lam Partners facilitated upgrading and retrofitting the existing light fixtures to LED, and added new LED fixtures for future signage locations.
The South 18th Street Steps are part of a series of projects that aim to highlight and celebrate gateways to the South Side Slopes neighborhood. Located on the slope’s busiest street, and at its boundary with the south side flats, the 18th St. Steps are a high-visibility icon, as well as a heavily-trafficked pedestrian route. The lighting design for the steps serves as an eye-catching element that will draw attention to the neighborhood above and create an exciting experience for pedestrians as they move from the ‘Flats’ up to the ‘Slopes’ of the South Side.