Located at the intersection of Downtown Los Angeles's Historic Core and Fashion District, this 24-story mixed-use high-rise design had to blend old with new and reinterpret historic, Art-Deco elements with simpler contemporary lines. Lighting challenges included re-enforcing these design influences, aiding the nighttime revitalization efforts of the historic area while maintaining a calm, oasis-like modern environment for residents – all within a limited budget.
The prominent corner façade is uplit with precision, using miniature 4" aperture spot luminaires for a uniform 40-ft high throw that repeats several times up the 150-ft tall GFRC panels, re-enforcing the vertical lines of the architecture. The simple cubic geometry of the luminaires allows them to integrate into the façade visually. Smaller,2.9" aperture luminaries accentuate more minor façade details on the south and east for a sharp 20ft high throw. This vertical articulation is "crowned" at the top with a "color-splash" of RGB lighting accenting the mechanical roof-screen.
Using a modern interpretation of custom Art-Deco sconces, fitted with discreet up/down LED modules that subtly highlight architectural trims, as they create a safe nighttime environment, the south façade lighting engages the busy pedestrian sidewalk and retail activity at 8th street. This lighting addresses well-known safety concerns in the area and is a significant aspect of the revitalization efforts. By contrast, the private terraces on the 7th, 9th& roof levels provide a serene atmosphere that transports residents from the bustle of the city below. Paths, decks, and planting are all softly illuminated with minimum uplight glare for residents as they enjoy the views below.