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‘Ark of Return’ Unveiled- A Memorial to the Victims of Slavery opens at the United Nations Headquarters in New York

‘ARK OF RETURN’ UNVEILED
A Memorial Honoring Victims of Slavery Opens at the UN Headquarters in New York City

AWA Lighting Designers were honored and humbled to be selected by Rodney Leon of Rodney Leon Architects, to provide lighting design services for this landmark project. The project is located at the UN Plaza in NYC, and was recently opened to critical acclaim. The ‘Ark of Return’ is a memorial in honor of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and will be permanently on display at the Plaza at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

The memorial project process was started over five years ago by UNESCO and the Permanent Memorial Committee. The memorial was conceived with support from the UN Department of Public Information’s Remember Slavery Programme, and Member States from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the African Union. The Permanent Representative of Jamaica, Courtenay Rattray, served as chair of the Permanent Memorial Committee. Several nations, along with UNESCO, helped raise over $1.7 million to build the memorial.

The concept for the design of the memorial by Rodney Leon emerged from three important elements that individually and collectively generated the design solution.
• Acknowledge the Tragedy
• Consider the Legacy
• Lest We Forget
The lighting design solution aimed to create a respectful space, that augmented the visitors journey through the ‘Ark of Return’ – conceptually, psychologically and spiritually – to a place where acknowledgement, education, reflection and healing can take place.

CLIENT: United Nations
ARCHITECT: Rodney Leon Architects
LIGHTING DESIGNER: AWA Lighting Designers
YEAR: 2014 – 2015
VISUALS: AWA

Press Release: AWA_ArkofReturn_PressRelease_July2015

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View of the Memorial  from the Plaza- 59th Street Bridge and Long Island City in the background

View of the Memorial from the Plaza- 59th Street Bridge and Long Island City in the background

The  Trinity Figure- A deeply moving depiction of the forced travel

The Trinity Figure- A deeply moving depiction of the forced travel

Secretary General Bahn-Ki Moon Inaugurates the Memorial

Secretary General Bahn-Ki Moon Inaugurates the Memorial

As you enter the Memorial from the North- UN Secretariat in the Background

As you enter the Memorial from the North- UN Secretariat in the Background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AWA Lighting Designers Update – April 2015

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Sam Kutesa, the President of the General Assembly cut the ribbon unveiling 'The Ark of Return'.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Sam Kutesa, the President of the General Assembly cut the ribbon unveiling ‘The Ark of Return’.

AWA Project ‘Ark of Return’ Unveiled at the UN Headquarters

On Wednesday March 25 2015, on the United Nations International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade, the ‘Ark of Return’ Memorial was unveiled.

The ‘Ark of Return’ Memorial will be on permanent display at the visitors plaza of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This memorial honors lives of those who died as a result of slavery or experienced the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade.

AWA is honored be a member of this team, ably led by Rodney Leon of Rodney Leon Architects.

PROJECT TEAM:

Client: United Nations Permanent Memorial Committee  

Architect: Rodney Leon Architects

Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers

Niche within the Memorial that holds the human sculpture called 'The Trinity Figure'

Niche within the Memorial that holds the human sculpture called ‘The Trinity Figure’

AWA Project Singapore Chancery Inaugurated

The Singapore Chancery is located in the east side of midtown Manhattan, two blocks away from the UN Headquarters in NYC. This seven-storey building houses the diplomatic offices of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Singapore to the United Nations.

The scope of our work included all areas of the building, while conforming to pertinent energy regulations and local NYC building codes. The lighting design for the facade was based on our analysis of the architectural intent- highlight dynamism while displaying clear solidity. We grazed the glass of the facade with a linear uplight, while the space behind was uplit with a cove, consistently on each floor.

PROJECT TEAM:

Client: Republic of Singapore  

Architect: HOK NY

Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers

Main Entrance at the Singapore Chancery, New York, NY

Main Entrance at the Singapore Chancery, New York, NY

View of Exterior Facade of the Singapore Chancery from across 48th Street, New York, NY

View of Exterior Facade of the Singapore Chancery from across 48th Street, New York, NY

Other News:

Bushwick Inlet Park, Brooklyn
Bushwick Inlet Park has been certified LEED® Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.
To see the USGBC score card, please Click Here

Recent Publications
– AWA is featured in Bright 2 ‘Architectural Illumination and Light Installations’.
To read more about the book, please Click Here

– AWA Project Cyber Hub is featured in Mondo Arc India Magazine.
To read the article, please Click Here

Abhay Wadhwa to speak at PLDC 2015
Abhay Wadhwa will speak at the 2015 Professional Lighting Designer Convention (PLDC) in Rome. He also spoke at PLDC 2013 in Copenhagen. Stay tuned for more information about his talk.
To see the PLDC website, please Click Here

Did You Know?
– AWA is able to provide lighting design drawings and details on REVIT, as well as AutoCAD.

– AWA can design and detail custom light fixtures. Please Click Here to see some examples.

– AWA is an AIA Approved CES Provider. Currently, AWA offers 5 courses:

1. What Will 2020 Bring?
2. Light and Health
3. Impact of Culture & Climate
4. LED’s for Infrastructure
5. Light Masterplanning
For more information on these courses, please Click Here.

Rodney Leon explains ‘The Ark of Return’

Rodney Leon, architect and designer of the Permanent Memorial to the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Rodney Leon, architect and designer of the Permanent Memorial to the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

This year’s March 25 2015 commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade had particular significance at United Nations Headquarters in New York, where six years of work to establish a permanent memorial to honour the victims pays off with the unveiling today.

Designed by Rodney Leon, an American architect of Haitian descent who was chosen in 2013 as the winner of an international competition attracting a total of 310 entries from 83 countries, ‘The Ark of Return’ honours the memories of the estimated 15 million men, women and children who were victims of the largest forced migration in history.

“It makes me feel extremely proud that I can play a role and a part in the commemoration of such an important and historic day,” Mr. Leon says in an interview. “I feel really proud that we have a physical marker and a place of remembrance for this annual celebration to take place moving forward.”

Click HERE to read more of the article.

Article Written by: UN News Centre

Photo courtesy of: UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Source: UN News Centre

Unveiling of UN Permanent Memorial: The Ark of Return

Wednesday March 25 2015 was the United Nations International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade. We are pleased to announce that the ‘Ark of Return’ Memorial was unveiled as part of the days events. The ‘Ark of Return’ is a memorial that will be permanently on display at the Plaza at United Nations Headquarters in New York. This memorial honors lives of those who died as a result of slavery or experienced the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade. Please see below for some photographs from the unveiling.

 

AWA is honored be a member of this team, ably led by Rodney Leon. 

PROJECT TEAM:

Client: United Nations Permanent Memorial Committee  

Architect: Rodney Leon Architects

Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers

Structural Consultant: Robert Silman Associates

MEP Consultant: Morozov PE

Water Feature Consultant: Delta Fountains

Unveiling of Monument by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Unveiling of Monument by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

 

View of memorial looking east towards the east river

View of memorial looking east towards the east river

View of memorial entrance looking south

View of memorial entrance looking south

"Consider the Legacy" Niche holds a deliberately androgynous human sculpture, called ‘the trinity figure’

Niche within the monument that holds human sculpture, called ‘the trinity figure’

‘the trinity figure’ representing the human spirit and the spirit of the men, women and children of African descent whose deaths resulted from the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

‘the trinity figure’ representing the human spirit and the spirit of the men, women and children of African descent whose deaths resulted from the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

View of memorial looking north

View of memorial looking north

AWA UPDATE: HERE’S TO A GREAT 2015!

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends:

This is the time of year we show gratitude for the creative opportunities that we have enjoyed through the collaboration with our clients and the professionals. These are the people that connect us to our primary regions of global activity and inspiration, including the North American, Middle-Eastern, South Asian, and South-East Asian markets.

The members of the design team in our international studios strive focusedly to innovate within our industry and create evocative spaces. We also continue to explore new design paradigms such that we can make more meaningful contributions to our visual environment.

We hope you enjoy the updates described below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at abhay@awalightingdesigners.com, or by calling me directly on my cell phone +1.917.597.1600 or +91.98214.11196.

Best wishes from the team at AWA, and here is to a great 2015.

Abhay Wadhwa
Design Principal

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AWA NY Moves to a New Home:
We are moving our Design Studio in New York to a new space within the same building. We are moving from the 6th floor to the 3rd floor in Brooklyn’s legendary Pencil Factory. In the new space, creativity surrounds AWA Lighting Designers—literally. We share the building with some of the nation’s top photographers, music engineers, bloggers, typographers, film makers and more. The community spirit carries throughout the surrounding neighborhood of Greenpoint, into its many cafes, galleries and shops.

Our address as of January 14th:
61 Greenpoint Avenue Suite 306
Brooklyn NY 11222
(Phone number and emails remain the same)

New & Improved Website:
AWA has a new and improved website with a new user friendly interface. Along with the updated design, we have more information about all of our projects and research. Please visit our site to see more.

Screen Shot of Projects Section of the New Website

Screen Shot of Projects Section of the New Website

Recently Completed:
The following is a list of some of our recently completed projects :
1. Singapore Chancery, New York City
2. Bushwick Inlet Park, Brooklyn
3. Cyber Hub, Gurgaon India
4. First International Financial Center, Mumbai India
5. TCG Financial Centre, Mumbai India
6. Royal Enfield, New Delhi India
7. Sheraton Park Hotel, Chennai India

AWA Projects Under Development:
The following is a list of some of our new projects under development:
1. Ark of Return (UN Memorial), United Nations in New York City
2. Sultan Qaboos Youth Complex (SQYC), Salalah Oman
3. South Dhahran Home Ownership Program, Dhahran Saudi Arabia
4. Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Lagos Nigeria
5. Aarvli Resort, Goa India
6. Raas Kangra Resort, Dharamshala India
7. Godrej Headquarters, Mumbai India
8. Two Horizon Center, Gurgaon India

Recent Press:
The following is a list of some of our recent press:

  1. AWA to be featured in upcoming book “Bright 2″ published by Frame Publishers (Feb 2015)
  2. Abhay Wadhwa interview featured in Design Trends Magazine (Dec 2014)
  3. AWA Project Bushwick Inlet Park wins honorable mention at AIANY COTE Proof + Beauty awards (Dec 2014)
  4. Abhay Wadhwa named a Honoree by Society of Indo-American Engineers & Architects in NYC (Nov 2014)
  5. AWA Project Bushwick Inlet Park featured in LD+A magazine article “Framing The Skyline” (Nov 2014)
  6. AWA Project Orion Mall wins Most Admired Shopping Centre of the Year (June 2014)
  7. AWA Project TCG Financial Tower featured in Architizer (April 2014)
  8. AWA Project Bushwick Inlet Park one of AIA’s “Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects in U.S.” (April 2014)
  9. AWA Project First International Finance Center featured in Lighting Today Magazine (March 2014)
  10. Abhay Wadhwa speaks at Indian Society of Landscape Architects 2014 Conference (March 2014)

Project Update – The Ark of Return: Lest We Forget

We are pleased to share that construction is set to begin on the ‘Ark of Return’, a memorial that will be permanently on display at the Plaza at United Nations Headquarters in New York. This memorial will be erected in memory of the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. Please see below for renderings of the project at night.

 

AWA is honored be a member of this team, ably led by Rodney Leon. 

PROJECT TEAM:

Client: United Nations Permanent Memorial Committee  

Architect: Rodney Leon Architects

Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers

Structural Consultant: Robert Silman Associates

MEP Consultant: Morozov PE

Water Feature Consultant: Delta Fountains

Renderings: Rodney Leon Architects

Select Press Coverage:

UNStories: The Ark of Return: Let We Forget 

UN: International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery

UN News Centre: Telling the stories of 15 million slaves in a UN memorial

UNESCO: ‘The Ark of Return’ Press Release

Jamaica Observer: Monument to slavery now set for 2015 unveiling at UN

 

Aerial View of the Memorial

Aerial View of the Memorial

 

View of the Memorial from First Avenue

View of the Memorial from First Avenue

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