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.
How do you take the feature restaurant in a City’s premier hotel, and make it better? That was the challenge faced by Fairmont Pittburgh in reinventing the restaurant that started the downtown, local-first revolution in Pittsburgh. Taking cues from the City’s rich history, the restaurant evokes casual luxury at its finest. Curated details, warm hues, vintage metallic finishes, and modern woodwork set the backdrop for a lighting scheme that integrates into and reveals the architecture. Bespoke lighting fixtures with mid-century modern flair act as the finishing touch to the space.
This repositioning project transformed a dated and disconnected lobby into a unified space with reception, lounge, and patio areas. With ample room for work, collaboration, and events, the new space appeals to the evolving needs of the millennial workforce, and invites the tenants to engage socially outside of the typical office environment. Drawing on the surrounding neighborhood’s rich industrial heritage, the creative architectural design uses brick, steel, concrete, and timber elements to create a chic amenity space more akin to a neighborhood hot spot than an office lobby. Lighting activates and enlivens the areas by accenting the historic finishes, reinforcing architectural forms, enhancing the visual connections between spaces, and providing decorative anchors at feature locations. LED sources were used throughout to provide appropriate illumination levels at 15% under the lighting power density allowance. The end result is an approachable, welcoming space that has allowed the client to increase building occupancy from just over 50% pre-construction to near-capacity.