Lumen Award Winners 09

Jack Bailey, IES, LC, LEED-AP, One Lux Studio Craig A. Bernecker, Ph.D., FIES, LC, Lighting Education Institute  Elizabeth Donoff, Architectural Lighting Addison Kelly, IALD, US Lighting Consultants Hayden McKay, AIA, FIALD, FIES, Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design James Pearson, Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Matthew Tanteri, IES, SBSE, IALD, Tanteri & Associates
Lumen Award Descriptions
Lumen Award of Excellence – The highest level of recognition for permanent architectural application
Lumen Award of Merit – Meritorious recognition for permanent architectural application
Lumen Citation – Special recognition for an art installation, technical detail, portion of a single project, temporary installation or other work
Lumen Feltman Award – Recognition for excellence in retail merchandising lighting

“This Way” – Under the Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn, NY

Lumen Citation for Art Installation in a Public Space

Glowing underneath the iconic Brooklyn Bridge is a permanent light artwork that transforms an old backdoor into a welcoming gateway to the neighborhood of DUMBO. “This Way” weaves together art, infrastructure, light, architecture, social science and design. Linear fiber optic arrays engage pedestrians and direct them through the urban maze. Blue LED down lights illuminate sidewalks and provide a glowing beacon for drivers exiting the bridge. The assemblage creates a sense of safety and delight in a formerly dark and forbidding passage. Now instead of hurried by, people stroll, gather, and even speak with together.

Lighting Design Firm: Tillett Lighting Design, Inc – Linnaea Tillett
Architect: KT3D LLC – Karin Tehve
Commissioned by: City of New York, Percent for Art Program and DUMBO BID
Project Owner: New York City Department of Transportation

GSC Group
New York, NY

Lumen Citation for Featured Visual Element

The lighting for this NY financial firm sought to humanize its high-tech workplace with the look of an upscale boutique hotel. The biggest challenge was to evenly rear- illuminate an art piece, (250 feet long covering 2,200 square feet), that wraps around the core of the two-story office and keep within the allotted watts. By carefully controlling the brightness relationships of the key architectural and art elements, we achieved a comfortable balance that is appropriate for office tasks yet honors the design goals of the Client.

Lighting Design Firm: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design – Stephen D. Bernstein, Sang Lee
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Project Owner: GSC Group
Rock Sugar
Los Angeles, CA

Lumen Citation for Illumination of Restaurant Courtyard

At Rock Sugar, L.A., energy efficiency and dramatic design are united to create a distinct atmosphere. Among the South Asian décor, the architectural lighting accents indigenous materials and enlivens this bold environment. In the open-air courtyard, towering carved panels catch the high-contrast graze of halogen up-lights and swaying LED lanterns create movement and romance above. Fire pits at each seating area create a natural sense of warmth and ambiance. Throughout the space, the use of efficient and versatile dimmable LEDs and Halogen lamps meet energy needs and create depth among the rich palette and ornate interior.

Lighting Design Firm: Focus Lighting Team: Paul Gregory, Christine Hope, Catherine Tate

TKTS Ticket Booth
New York, NY

Lumen Citation for Integration of Light, Architecture and Signage

As people-watching has become a legitimate spectator sport, what could be more fitting than to build a fiery glass grandstand in the heart of Times Square as the roof of the new TKTS discount ticket kiosk? Since Times Square’s current dazzle is largely the illumination provided by countless LED video-driven signs, it was only fitting and practical to use an LED source for this project at its epicenter. The original booth was the quintessential “building as sign”, and its replacement had to be the same. The competition winners reasoned that, as most Times Square signs are now highly kinetic, in their “building as sign”, motion would be provided by visitors clambering up for a good look at the ‘Great White Way’.

Lighting Design Firm: Fisher Marantz Stone, Inc. – Paul Marantz, Barry Citrin
Architect: Perkins Eastman
Competition Architect: John Choi and Tai Ropiha
Landscape Architect: Judith Heintz Landscape Architecture – Judith Heintz
Landscape Architect: William Fellow
Photographer: Paúl Rivera / archphoto

Elizabeth Arden, Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

Lumen Citation for Merchandise Lighting

At the entry a 14ft high ribbon of red lacquered steel, as sleek and shiny as a luxurious sports car, curves around beauty stations, displays, and draws customers into a world of constantly changing visual delights. To enhance the flow of space a backlit ceiling floats above the red wall, designed to ensure direct white light and prevent merchandise and people from appearing red. Accent lights create highlight, and create a dialoged between exposed and concealed, rectangular and circular to mimic the interior design layout. Ending the store is a towering vintage crystal chandelier shimmering over a circular skincare table.

Lighting Design Firm: RS Lighting Design – Randy Sabedra
Architect: Highland Associates, NYC – Glenn Leitch and Eric Scott
Project Owner: Elizabeth Arden
Photography: Courtesy of Elizabeth Arden

NYC Waterfalls
New York, NY

Lumen Citation for Technical Lighting Achievement

One of the most ambitious works for the NYC Public Art Fund to date, the NYC Waterfalls temporarily transformed the city’s shorelines into a nighttime visual and kinetic ‘event’. Designed to both mimic “Moonlight” in both color and affect, arrays of white LED’s were blended and designed optically to accentuate the falling water and point of river entry, while eliminating the source form the multitude of nighttime spectator viewing angles. In addition, the lighting liberated each waterfall from it’s ambient cityscape, creating a distinct nighttime spectacle to support each waterfall.

Lighting Design Firm: Jaros, Baum & Bolles- Lighting Design – Michael Mehl

Bar Boulud
New York, NY

Lumen Award of Merit

This casually elegant duplex restaurant evokes a wine cellar with its barrel vaulted ceiling, warm expressions of oak, and stone floors. On the main floor, all lighting was completely concealed including that for the crushed stone wall held together with woven metalwork. Multiple light sources were bounced off of warm broad palettes to create a soft effect with key and fill components.

Lighting Design Firm: Tirschwell & Co., Inc. – Matthew Tirschwell, Eleanor MacDonald
Design Architect: Design Bureaux – Thomas Schlesser
Architect of Record: Michael Zenreich Architects
Project Owner: The Dinex Group – Daniel Boulud
Casino of gthe Winds at Mohegan Sun
Uncasville CT

Lumen Award of Merit

The design at Casino of the Wind evokes a dreamy windswept landscape. An undulating sculptural wall surrounds the space, while the upper volume is laced with 4 manifestations of winds: cloud chandeliers, glittering chrome leaves, fabric hangings and fluttering wings. To achieve this while keeping the space energy-efficient, many sources were LED or Metal Halide. This allowed us to build up layers of colored light, while keeping wattage minimal. Dim lighting levels were set by screening the halide accents with wire mesh, while in many of the custom fixtures, low accessibility required LED fixtures with an estimated 10 year life.

Lighting Design Firm: Focus Lighting Team: Paul Gregory, Christine Hope, Michael Cummings, Jeff Shepherd, Catherine Tate, Dan Nichols

Royalton Hotel
New York, New York

Lumen Award of Merit

The iconic Royalton Hotel’s extensive renovation recreates a lush atmosphere for travelers and city-dwellers alike. Housed in one long city block, the lobby and restaurant are outfitted with walls of wooden beads, fitted blue leather, woven rope formations and warm wood paneling. The architectural and decorative lighting offers fragility and warmth amongst this strikingly handsome interior. Through its physical transformation, low energy usage is maintained while additional layers of light are added to the rich textural environment. The energy-efficient xenon and LED fixtures evenly light wall planes and highlight architectural features to make this historic hotel a spatial masterpiece.

Lighting Design Firm: Focus Lighting Team: Paul Gregory, Ken Ventry, Fiona Wong, Kenneth Schutz

Terminus 100
Atlanta, GA

Lumen Award of Merit

This tower is a monumental glass volume chiseled on the diagonal to create a bold V-shaped form and a translucent, triangular top. Our most difficult task was to evenly illuminate, with complete color and brightness consistency, a surface that transitions from a large sloped plane covering mechanical areas to slender lines that needed to be illuminated from within tenant spaces. By carefully coordinating different sources and wattages appropriate for each architectural space, the lighting design accommodates the change in scale and material from one glass surface to another. The seamless result belies these very complex challenges.

Lighting Design Firm: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design – Francesca Bettridge, Michael Hennes, Mitul Parekh, Nira Wattanachote
Architects: Duda/Paine Architects, HKS Architects
Project Owner: Cousins Properties Incorporated

Vera Wang New York Flagship Store
New York, NY

Lumen Feltman Award of Excellence

The lighting for the 2000 sq ft Vera Wang boutique in Manhattan is based on the changing qualities of a white box theater. The elegant lighting scheme overcomes a 23’-0” to 8’-6” ceiling height shift, contrasting a dynamic, loft-like experience in the front salon area with a light infused, layered experience in the windowless, rear salon. The lighting successfully creates a unique shopping experience in the front while encouraging shoppers to descend the elegant mid-stage stairs and linger in the rear back stage area.

Lighting Design Firm: Tillotson Design Associates – Suzan Tillotson, Leslie Stelly , Christopher Cheap
Architect: Gabellini Sheppard Associates LLP – Michael Gabellini, Elina Cardet
Project Owner: Vera Wang
Museum of Islamic Arts – Interior
Doha, Qatar

Lumen Award of Excellence

Unlike much new construction in the Middle East, this building is uncluttered and spacious, and is filled with references to the Islamic world’s architectural heritage. The interior recalls the cascading spatial organization of great Islamic mosques. Entering, the visitor discovers a complex vertical space leading upward to a dome and oculus at the top. The lighting design encourages that act. Reminiscent of traditional pendant oil lamps, a great circular chandelier mediates the space.

Lighting Design Firm: Fisher Marantz Stone, Inc. – Paul Marantz, Hank Forrest, Rebecca Ho-Dion, Randy Fisher
Architect: I.M. Pei Architect – I.M. Pei
Photographer: Sami S Matar and Morley von Sternberg