Given the urban nature of this project, it was critical to understand its context, and assimilate the local dynamics of usage patterns, circulation, and night-time activities. In working with the architects, we decided to pursue an unconventional approach to this project, since the genre of such projects is usually driven by light levels first and then everything else. We decided to make light levels our last check, and work on composing the elements of this project into a wholesome, evocative, and exciting night-time space that engenders and enables the community to link with each other. The results have been gratifying. The lighting solution to this environment- combining wayfinding, patterns and rhythms of lights, and highlighting the architectural massing with strong geometric lighting moves has elicited a very positive response from the community.
Lighting Designer: AWA Lighting Designers
Architect: Kiss + Cathcart, Architects
Client: NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Landscape Architect: Starr Whitehouse
Photographer: Paul Warchol, Starr Whitehouse
Videos: Kelly Kendrick