AWA Lighting Designers is pleased to share exciting project news about First International Financial Center (FIFC). The International Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) has presented AWA with a 2016 Award of Merit for our lighting design of the FIFC project. AWA is honored to receive this recognition of meritorious contribution to lighting design.
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view of ground floor entrance lobby
We are also pleased to share that two AWA Projects have won recognition from the International Property Awards. Click here to view all 2015 award winners.
Best Commercial High-Rise Architecture India Floreal Towers ACPL Design Ltd.
Architecture Multiple Residence India One Bangalore West Palladium Constructions Private Limited (A Phoenix Mills Group Co.
AWA Lighting Designers is pleased to share exciting project news about our Bushwick Inlet Park in Brooklyn NY. ArchDaily, the world’s most visited architectural web site, has named Bushwick Inlet Park one of the Top 100 US projects ever. The project is among a diverse and exciting mix of projects nationwide, one of just six in New York City.
Congratulations to the entire team lead by Kiss + Cathcart Architects.
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View of Main Entrance from Kent Avenue (NYC skyline in background)
“A Daily Does of Architecture” has created an Interactive Tour of AWA Project Bushwick Inlet Park.
New York City has seen many physical changes in the last couple decades, but none as dramatic as what is taking place along its once industrial waterfronts. Abandoned piers and waterfront land has become the site for new parks along the East River in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. A stretch of the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn has also seen the creation of waterfront housing. Combined with the neighborhood’s rapid gentrification, there has been a desire for open space, part of it satiated by the Bushwick Inlet Park, designed by Kiss + Cathcart, Architects with AWA Lighting Designers and Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners.
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Rhythm and Wayfinding- Steplights located in a staggered rhythm visible from over the East River in Manhattan
Sustainability was the top priority when designing the new Bushwick Inlet Park in Brooklyn, Aesthetics, however, were not sacrificed for the cause. We working with Kiss + Cathcart Architects to use wayfinding, patterns and rhythms of light, and pronounced geometric highlighting to illuminate the contemporary 6.2-acre park, community center and large wooden canopy. Integrated LED’s, steplights and concrete-encased downlights define the site, creating a nighttime display that can be seen all the way from Manhattan.
View of Main Entrance from Kent Avenue (NYC skyline in background)
The first phase of the transformation of the Greenpoint–Williamsburg waterfront from a decaying industrial strip to a multifaceted public park, this project features a program of playfields, public meeting rooms, classrooms and park maintenance facilities. Below the green roof is a complex of building systems – ground source heat pump wells, rainwater harvest and storage, and drip irrigation.
Client: NYC Department of Parks and Recreation Architect: Kiss + Cathcart Architects Lighting Consultant: AWA Lighting Designers Local Team: Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects, Robert Silman Associates, Langan Engineering Photographer: Paul Warchol 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.
Building Entrance on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
View of Main entrance from Kent Avenue- NYC skyline in background
Architectural Volumes Augmented by Light- LED lighting integrated into a double curve handrail
Rhythm and Wayfinding- Steplights located in a distinct and staggered rhythm visible from Manhattan
Fins on South Facade- Lit with LED downlights cast in concrete
We’re proud to have amassed a body of sustainable work, and are particularly pleased with the practical outcomes of The Lee, right here in New York. Designed by Kiss + Cathcart Architects, for Common Ground Community, The Lee is New York City’s first LEED Silver supportive housing. The project was a long time coming. Back in 2005, The Lee was a winner of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s 2005 Green Building Design Competition. In 2007, ground was broken. And now, according to Common Ground Community, The Lee will house 262 residents, including adults with special needs and low-income working adults; with 55 units reserved for young adults aging out of foster care and at risk of homelessness.
The residence incorporates environmentally sustainable and energy-efficient design, construction, operation, and maintenance practices. Key green design features include a high performance condensing boiler; drought-resistant landscaping; individual temperature control; water-saving fixtures; high efficiency lighting; and a green roof.
From our perspective, The Lee offered multiple lighting challenges- not only were we to use every watt for the lighting systems (lamp and ballasts) judiciously, we had to respect a very stringent budget and for first cost, and significant requirements to have minimum maintenance costs as they relate to operational and energy consumption.
We worked very closely with the architects to come up with solutions that could be incorporated into the architectural details- such that we were not encumbering the project with expensive fixtures or lamps- but using inexpensive, long-lasting fluorescent lamps in novel and innovative patterns and details.
The user feedback for the lighting has been exceptional and very complimentary. High user satisfaction was achieved while meeting stringent energy and cost requirements because of a great thought partnership and collaboration with the architects.