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AWA Newsflash: AWA Wins 2016 IES North America Award of Merit for FIFC Mumbai

IESNAAWA wins 2016 IES North America (IESNA) Award of Merit for the lighting design of First International Financial Center (FIFC) in Mumbai.

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view from across main road

PROJECT TEAM:

Client:     Earnest Tower Pvt. Ltd., The Chatterjee Group (TCG)

Architect:    Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF) NY

Lighting Consultant:    AWA Lighting Designers

Local Architect:    Gherzi EasternSomaya & Kalappa Consultants Pvt. Ltd.

Facade Consultant:    Axis Facades
Location:    Mumbai

 

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.

To see more images and read more about the project, please Click Here

AWA-FIFC-IESNA 2016 Award of Merit

view of ground floor entrance lobby

view of ground floor entrance lobby

Recent Awards

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.

Recent Press

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.

Please click the link below to watch the Bushwick Inlet Park film on AWA’s Light In Context Channel: on Vimeo and YouTube


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AWA Newsflash: January 2016

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January 29 2016 l Volume 16.1


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New Release on AWA’s Light In Context Channel: Bushwick Inlet Park, BrooklynBushwisk image

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Abhay Wadhwa is honored to be featured as nycoba l NOMA distinguished member for January 2016. To read the full article, please Click Here


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We are 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.)

Interactive Tour: Bushwick Inlet Park

View of Main Entrance from Kent Avenue (NYC skyline in background)

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.

Click HERE to take the interactive tour of the project.

Article Written by: John Hill

Source: A Daily Dose of Architecture

“Framing The Skyline” Bushwick Inlet Park in LD+A Magazine

Rhythm and Wayfinding- Steplights located in a staggered rhythm visible from over the East River in Manhattan

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.

PROJECT TEAM:

Client:    NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Architect:    Kiss + Cathcart Architects
Lighting Consultant:    AWA Lighting Designers
Local Team:    Starr Whitehouse Landscape ArchitectsRobert Silman AssociatesLangan Engineering
Photographer:    Paul Warchol

CLICK HERE to download full PDF Article

Top 10 Green Buildings in USA

View of Main Entrance from Kent Avenue (NYC skyline in background)

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.

Click HERE to see slide show of top 10 buildings

Image courtesy of Paul Warchol

Source: Hindustantimes

AWA Project Update – AIA lists Bushwick Inlet Park in the Top Ten Sustainable

AWA is pleased to share that the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) has named Bushwick Inlet Park amongst the Top Ten Sustainable Projects in the United States for 2014.

Congratulations to the entire team lead by Kiss + Cathcart Architects.

Please see the images below of the project at night.

PROJECT TEAM:
Client:    NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Architect:    Kiss + Cathcart Architects
Lighting Consultant:    AWA Lighting Designers
Local Team:    Starr Whitehouse Landscape ArchitectsRobert Silman AssociatesLangan Engineering
Photographer:    Paul Warchol

Select Recent Press Coverage:
America Institute of Architects:    AIA Press Release
Architect Magazine:    Bushwick Inlet Park
ArchDaily:    AIA Names Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects in U.S.
Architectural Digest:    The Top Ten Green Buildings of 2014
ECO Building Pulse:    The 2014 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects

View of Main Entrance from Kent Avenue (NYC skyline in background)

View of Main Entrance from Kent Avenue (NYC skyline in background)

Architectural Volumes Augmented by Light- LED lighting integrated into a double curve handrail

Architectural Volumes Augmented by Light- LED lighting integrated into a double curve handrail

Rhythm and Wayfinding- Steplights located in a staggered rhythm visible from over the East River in Manhattan

Rhythm and Wayfinding- Steplights located in a staggered rhythm visible from over the East River in Manhattan

Fins on South Facade- Lit with narrow beam LED downlights cast in concrete

Fins on South Facade- Lit with narrow beam LED downlights cast in concrete

AWA Project Update – Bushwick Inlet Park

PROJECT TEAM:
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

PROJECT BRIEF:

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
Building Entrance on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

View of Main entrance from Kent Avenue- NYC skyline in background
View of Main entrance from Kent Avenue- NYC skyline in background

 Architectural Volumes Augmented by Light- LED lighting integrated into a double curve handrail
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
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
Fins on South Facade- Lit with LED downlights cast in concrete

Showcase: The Lee

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.