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.
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.
ABRY Partners, a media and communications-focused private equity firm, recently moved offices into the ultra-sustainable 888 Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Discreet, low-brightness downlights are employed in the lobby, used in tandem with a custom-designed pendant for the intercommunicating stair. Work areas are designed with comfortably bright linear fixtures, conference rooms are equipped with color-changing light technology, and café spaces are made inviting by recessed pendant fixtures above custom marble countertops.
A pavilion, seemingly made of light, glows by day and by night. Concealed and subtle, the lighting transforms steel and glass into a magical new public “living room” for Boston. Transparency, reflection, and the color of light change throughout the day. Satisfying the functions of a lobby, lounge, and a venue for special events, the lighting is an integral part of the sculptural form. The transition from day to night is seamless, with tunable white, tailored optics, daylight responsive controls, and color- changing light.