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.
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.
Originally built in 1974, Soldiers Field Park is a collection of Harvard Business School graduate student housing buildings, located in Allston, MA. This massive renovation consists of a full renewal program for the interiors of four separate buildings, with a total of 470 dormitory units, along with amenities such as student lounges, lobbies, fitness rooms, and a childcare center. The exterior renovation includes all new hardscape and landscaping throughout, with a child-care area. The renovation is happening in four phases, spread over five years at a cost of approximately $230,000,000. Soldiers Field Park is a LEED Gold project.
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.
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
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.
Starting with its floor-to-ceiling lobby windows and rising to its 4,000-square-foot rooftop bar, the new 136-key Envoy Hotel—part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection—offers a deliberate effort to connect to its picturesque location on Boston Harbor. A mixture of bespoke lighting was used throughout the hotel and guestrooms to evoke conversation and to also reference the hotel’s emerging neighborhood, dubbed the “Innovation District.”
Proto Kendall Square is a new, 200,000-square-foot, high-rise multifamily residential building in the up-and-coming technology hub of Cambridge. This development provides much-needed affordable housing for those employed in the area, while also providing a more active, pedestrian-friendly streetscape. A mix of decorative fixtures brightens the numerous common areas, while more traditional lighting is employed in the apartments, providing a nice luminous balance throughout the building.