Lights, Camera, WALK: A Night Walking Guide to the Most Spectacular Lighting Designs of New York City
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When visitors ask “Where do I see the lights of the city?” the typical response is “go see Times Square!” And it’s true. The 42nd Street area is full of some of the most innovative lighting designs beginning with the New York Times Headquarters (P15) to the Chrysler Building (P14) – both spectacular examples of different eras. A stroll along the 42nd Street Theater District showcases the 42nd Street Studio Building Façade and the world famous Times Square Ball, now permanently displayed – LOOK UP! Within the Great White Way of Times Square are the new Duffy Steps and Toys R Us. Continue east on 42nd and wander through Bryant Park and the New York Public Library with the fabulous Rose Reading Room. Discover a James Turrell installation at C.I.T. Lobby and end your night with the wonders of Grand Central Terminal.
1. Dodger Stages Theater (New World Stages) (L, i) – 340 W 50th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue. Lighting: Sachs Morgan Studio2006 Lumen Citation - slide showA collaboration of architect Beyer Blinder Belle, interior/set designer Klara Zieglerova, and theatre consultant Sachs Morgan Studio transformed Dodger Stages from a six-theatre multiplex cinema to a five-theatre off-Broadway complex. A lighted double-height display wall draws focus in the lobby. The wall is metal frame covered with translucent RP and scrim and colored with lighting washes top and bottom. Large fluorescent numbers “1” thru “5” dominate the wall and directing ticket holders to their show. The lighting, architecture, and interior design components form a cohesive whole, adding an engaging element to a night at the theatre.
Lighting: Roger Morgan and Steve Rust, Sachs Morgan Studio
Interior Design: Klara Zieglerova
Architect: Erik Chu, Beyer Blinder Belle, Architects and Planners
Project Owner: Michael David and Edward Strong, Dodger Stages
Photography: Samuel Morgan
2. Radio City Music Hall (L) – 1260 6th Avenue at 50th Street. Lighting: Fisher Marantz Stone
3. Top of the Rock Observation Deck Lobby – 30 Rockefeller Plaza at 50th Street. Lighting: William Armstrong Lighting Design, Inc
4. 50 Rockefeller Plaza Lobby (L) – 50 Rockefeller Plaza. Lighting: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design
5. St. Patrick’s Cathedral – 5th Avenue between 50th and 51st Street. Lighting: Brandston Partnership
6. Gilt Restaurant and Bar – 455 Madison Avenue between 51st and 52nd Streets. Lighting: Studio James Long
7. Seagram’s Building (i) – 375 Park Avenue at 52nd Street. Lighting: Richard Kelly (orig), Richard Shaver Lighting Design (Brasserie), Fisher Marantz Stone (Four Seasons Restaurant)
8. New York Times Headquarters – 8th Avenue and 40th Street. Lighting: SBLD Studio (office interior), Office for Visual Interaction (exterior and lobby)
2008 Lumen Award of Merit for Energy and Environmental Design (office interior)
The New York Times’ desire for a work environment with an emphasis on open communication and transparency led to an environmentally friendly building with maximum daylight, lighting control and flexibility. The digital ballast satisfies the HQ’s dual requirement for daylight harvesting and the flexibility to reconfigure the space to meet ever changing business requirements. This innovative and sustainable lighting system contributes an energy savings of 30-50% just for lighting.
Office Interior Lighting: Attila Uysal, Susan Brady, Wen Yuan Lin, Zengwei Fu, SBLD Studio
Photography By: Nick Lehoux
9. Westin Hotel Times Square Exterior – 8th Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Street. Lighting: Brandston Partnership
10. The New 42nd Street Studios Building (L) – 42nd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue. Lighting: Vortex Lighting
11. Times Square Ball – Times Square and 42nd Street. Lighting: Focus Lighting
2008 Lumen Citation for Increasing Public Awareness of LED's
The theme for the 100th anniversary of the Times Square Ball was “Let There Be Light”. Referencing their theatrical experience, designers Paul Gregory, Christine Hope and Bret Anderson knew that the ball’s triangular crystals had to sparkle as much when viewed from 500ft away as they did 10ft away.
Lighting: Paul Gregory - Principal Lighting Designer, Christine Hope – Project Lighting Designer, Brett Anderson - Project Manager. Holl, Chris McVoy, Casey Cassias, Greg Sheldon, Matthew Porreca
Photography: Ian Hardy, iMedia Networks
12. Toys R Us Flagship Store – 1530 Broadway at 44th Street. Lighting: Focus Lighting
Photography: Peter Paige
13. Father Duffy Square Steps – Times Square. Lighting: Fisher Marantz Stone
14. The Target Breezeway – Top of the Rock Observation Deck, 30 Rockefeller Plaza at 50th Street. Lighting: Electroland
15. HBO Shop (L, i) – 1100 Avenue of the Americas at 42nd Street. Lighting: HDLC Lighting Design
2008 Lumen Award of Merit
Colored light is not used arbitrarily; the colors are carefully conceived to trigger psycho-visual environmental responses, thus augmenting one’s spatial perception. With shifting colors and ultra-sleek design, the lighting at the HBO Shop evokes different emotions related to the content of the HBO program projected on video.
Lighting: Michael Castelli, Kyung–il Kong, HDLC Lighting Design
Photography: Andrew Bordwin
16. School of the International Center of Photography – 43rd Street at 6th Avenue. Lighting: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design
2003 Lumen Award
The relocation of this photography school to a basement facility required design ingenuity to overcome the loss of windows and a park view. This street-level glass pavilion, which serves as the entry, glows like a lantern at night. The lighting reinforces the simplicity of the form and establishes the pavilion as an identifiable icon.
Lighting: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design
Owner: International Center of Photography
Photography: Nick Merrick
17. Royalton Hotel – 44 West 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Lighting: Focus Lighting
Photography: Marc Kuritzky
18. Bryant Park – 6th Avenue between 42nd Street and 40th Street. Lighting: Brandston Partnership
19. Rose Reading Room (L) – New York Public Library: 5th Avenue at 42nd Street. Lighting: Fisher Marantz Stone
20. New York Public Library Exterior – 5th Avenue at 42nd Street. Lighting: Fisher Marantz Stone (orig), Brandston Partnership
21. C.I.T. Lobby – 505 Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street. Lighting: James Turrell (artist), Isometrix, London
22. 300 Madison Lobby – Madison and 42nd Street. Lighting: Kugler Ning Associates
23. Grand Central Terminal Concourse, Central Market, Exterior (L) – 42nd Street at Park Avenue. Lighting: Fisher Marantz Stone
24. The Oyster Bar Restaurant (L) – Grand Central Terminal, Lower Level. Lighting: Brandston Partnership
25. Met Life Building Lobby – 200 Park Avenue at East 45th Street. Lighting: Fisher Marantz Stone
26. 350 Madison Avenue Lobby (L, i) – 350 Madison Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets. Lighting: SBLD Studio
2004 Lumen Award of Merit
Transformation is the hallmark of this new entrance and elevator lobby addition to an existing office tower. The architectural envelope of the entrance lobby seeks to convey a sense of openness and transparency. Radiating from within, this transparent jewel box lobby creates a glowing void which appears to hover in mid-air and sits in contrast to its' solid counterpart at the right.
Lighting: SBLD Studio
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP
Owner: Max Capital Management Inc.
27. Chrysler Building Lobby – 405 Lexington and 42nd Street. Lighting: William Van Alen (orig), Fisher Marantz Stone
28. Carlton Hotel – 88 Madison Avenue and 29th Street. Lighting: Focus Lighting
29. Audry Lounge – W NY-The Tuscany – 120 East 39th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues. Lighting: Focus Lighting
Photography: Courtesy of W Hotel
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