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.
iRobot, the leading global consumer robot company, popularly known for the Roomba robot vacuum, recently reinvented their 200,000-square-foot multi-building headquarters campus. Balancing humanity and technology, the reimagined campus supports how work happens, encourages mobility and community, empowers employees to do their best work from any location, highlights innovation, and facilitates future change. The architectural lighting creates a warm ambience throughout the numerous areas of the building, called “neighborhoods.”
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.
Global biotechnology company Sanofi Genzyme relocated its Cambridge headquarters from a signature building at 500 Kendall Square to a newly built 10-story, 541,000 SF Class A lab and office building at 50 Binney Street. The pharmaceutical giant’s Binney Street headquarters features office and laboratory workspaces to accommodate growth for 1,300 employees, and includes a large dining area with an outdoor terrace on the 10th floor. Lighting incorporates a mix of traditional office lighting for work areas and decorative pendants for public spaces.
In its relocation from Canton, MA to to Boston’s Innovation and Design Building, Reebok was seeking to infuse fresh energy into its headquarters. Complementing the abundant daylight in the historic armory building, light carries through the space with a system of low-profile, indirect pendants. Bold patterns of linear downlights assist with wayfinding. In conference rooms, there is an efficient, yet striking strategy of a discreet wallwash, while linear downlights appear to magically illuminate conference tables. In showrooms, mock-up rooms, and select conference rooms, layers of tunable light were implemented, allowing for flexibility in viewing product and samples. The varying colors of light help the design team to understand how products will appear in different retail installations. Thoughtful controls were integrated, to allow flexibility, but with a user-friendly system that is intuitive and non-intimidating.
Inspired by Asics’ Japanese heritage, soft flowing lines are reminiscent of ripples in water, or a manicured zen garden. The lighting mimics and complements the serpentine lines, with simple round pendant rings in the workspaces and curvilinear lighting integrated into the baffled walls. Indirect lighting washes wall and ceiling surfaces to help blend with the ample amounts of daylight. Showrooms are outfitted with flexible lighting systems for meetings, highlighting of products, and social gatherings. An infinity mirrored ‘footwear box’ adds an element of surprise to the rest rooms.