Sexy, moody, hip – the lighting design for the new MOXY Hotel in downtown Boston is definitely not your average hospitality lighting. Through playful neon accents, thoughtful layers of light, and decorative lighting installations, the new hotel located on Tremont Street fits right into Boston’s downtown theater district. The use of colored light is used as an exploration of additive and subtractive color mixing, and by using blue light, it’s almost as if the backstage lights from the adjacent theaters inadvertently spills into the hotel’s atmosphere, creating a special connection to its new home. Splashes of color, large graphic walls, strategically placed “Instagram” scenes, and unique materials and textures are just a few things that make up this elaborate and stylish pallet. The design team from Lam Partners and architects Group One Partners and Stantec really set the scene for a fun and energetic stay, which will be much needed in a post-Covid world.
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.
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 client is a contemporary law firm who was focused on creating both a welcoming and high-end environment for their new offices in downtown Boston. Elegant and well-tailored, the office is complete with architectural and millwork details that add richness to the surfaces. The lighting was designed to reinforce these details through integration and alignment that create deliberately subtle shades of white and introduces complementary decorative elements that accessorize and add sparkle.
The office is primarily composed of both private offices and open workspaces, conference rooms, common areas and specialty cafes. A special “client-facing” floor was also included in the design with a lobby, larger conference rooms, and flexible training spaces. Diffuse lighting both from indirect sources and backlit translucent stretched fabric membranes, along with direct light sources, creates a pleasing and bright environment. Additionally, the client has a large art collection that required curating focused light almost every location of artwork, treating the corridors as an art gallery.
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.
Innovation is the lifeblood of the technology industry. It’s fueled by strong collaborations and serendipitous collisions between dissimilar ideas. The lighting story for this multinational technology company begins with a concept sketch, illustrating three basic zones in the heart of the work area. Solitary activities, such as walking, are rendered only with pools of light. Focus areas highlight tasks, but also introduce synapses of sparkle in a porous lid. Collaboration spaces are bathed with illumination, folding in daylight. One- and two-story sanctuaries filled with daylight and luminous decorative elements are used to relax the eye, by focusing on distant views.
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.
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.
Rapid7, a leading provider of analytics and automation solutions for security and IT professionals, consolidated its downtown teams and engineers from its previous location in Cambridge to a headquarters in downtown Boston. Conceived as a vertical ecosystem, the Boston headquarters includes a number of themed, hospitality-style spaces for employees to enjoy and use as a retreat from standard office-style environments. The lighting design mimics this intended style with warm and inviting fixtures and pendants throughout the robust amenity hubs. Lighting details also incorporate Rapid7’s signature orange color, most prominent in the four-story atrium and connecting stair.