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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.

UN unveils permanent memorial to victims of transatlantic slave trade

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Two weeks ago today the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Sam Kutesa the President of the General Assembly cut the ribbon unveiling “The Ark of Return”. The unveiling happened at the UN New York Headquarters where the permanent memorial sits as a memorial to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. AWA was proud to be there for the unveiling as part of the design team.

Click HERE to read more about the unveiling

Photo courtesy of: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Source: UN News Centre

RAW turns downtown Montreal into an interactive kaleidoscope

RAW turns downtown Montreal into an interactive kaleidoscope

A public art installation in Montreal, Canada, that is made from 50 pivoting prisms

The 50 pivoting prisms are made of panels laminated with a dichronic film that transmits and reflects every colour in the visible spectrum, varying with the position of the light source and the observer. The prisms are mounted on bases containing projectors. As visitors wander among and manipulate the prisms, they will enjoy an infinite interplay of lights and colourful reflections. As the prisms rotate, a variable-intensity soundtrack comprised of bell sounds will play.

Click HERE to read more about the article.

Article Written by: Roland Rom Colthoff

Photo courtesy of: James Brittain

Source: contemporist.

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

CLICK HERE to see Full Newsletter with Images

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)

Society of Indo-American Engineers & Architects (SIAEA) Names Abhay Wadhwa a 2014 Honoree

Abhay Wadhwa was recently named a 2014 Honoree by the Society of Indio-American Engineers and Architects (SIAEA). The 34th Annual Gala was held at the Grand Hyatt, Grand Central Station, in New York City. Among the special guests was Honorable Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay the Consulate General if India, New York and the Honorable Bill De Blasio the Mayor of New York City. 

 

SIAEA 34th Annual Gala inviation

SIAEA 34th Annual Gala invitation

Trends Magazine Features Interview with Abhay Wadhwa

AWA Design Principal recently sat down with Home & Design Trends Magazine to talk about lighting, and how it is not merely a form of illumination but a tool for story telling.

The following is an except from the interview. CLICK HERE to download full PDF Article

You were initially pursuing architecture. What made you suddenly venture into light design?
As a young boy, I loved to create and had a knack for making things and that was the prime reason why I enrolled for architecture at the JJ School of Architecture in 1987. While I was in college, I was not a very focused student and was involved in organizing college shows and fests. There was this one particular students conference of architecture that I was organizing, Which had musicians coming and playing. Just before we were about to begin the man who was in-charge for the light and music needed some help and I volunteered to help him out to set the stage. So I climbed up on the catwalk and was setting up the lights and the moment I finished and the lights went on, I knew I wanted to venture into light design. In those few seconds I knew this is what I wanted to do. It was almost like an instant realization. Now when I look back, I still get goose bumps because I did not realize I was going to stick with it for this long but even back then I knew that I loved it.

What would you call as the turning point in your career?
The turning point would have to be my time at the Lighting Research Center at RPI in upstate New York. I moved to it after my time at University of Southern California. I had one year at USC and that was fun but this was real, a serious boot camp and I was working as a research assistant for my stipend and I was doing an unfunded thesis that was published in technical papers. This is what I wanted to do, I wanted to learn light design right down to the last bit, so that I could really craft it. Mark Rea, the director of my centre who is still a great friend, told me something very special once I finished the programme. He said, “When you came in, you were all over the place and we straightened you out.” Frankly, I don’t disagree with that. I was all over the place. They channelized me. From being a crazy kid who was doing everything, they straightened me out and I have no problem in accepting that because he was and still is one of the best vision scientists in the world. He once said, “If you are a good scientist then you need to design and if you are a good designer you need to know how the technical stuff works. You see that realization, left side, right side of the brain, that’s rubbish. I think both sides of the brain have to work with what I do. In architecture also it’s not about one side of the brain, the left side of the brain. If you’re really creating architecture, you can’t really do it without knowing the technical side. So in that it’s kind of bauhausian, like the Bauhaus School, that you need to know your craft. I have always been fascinated by the German and Japanese system of being apprentices in order to learn your craft.

What parameters do you take into consideration while executing your light design?
When I look at a space one of the first few things one would take into consideration would be of how one would approach it, where the poetry lies, where is the emotional connect and where is the science. Functionality is another important aspect. Also there needs to be a connect with the architecture and how to augment the light with it. So after the initial analysis, we start looking at is the focal points of a project. Light is not merely an illumination. It is a storytelling and an illustrative medium.

 

– Interview with Kamna Malik

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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Undulating “Light Bridge” Over Amsterdam’s Canals

tjep. illuminates amsterdam’s canals with undulating light bridge

Tjep. illuminates amsterdam’s canals with undulating light bridge

This winter, from now until January 18th, 2015, the capital of the Netherlands will light up once again up for the third annual Amsterdam light festival, when the historical center becomes a dynamic showcase of light and movement. For the occasion, dutch studio Tjep. has created a luminous, undulating installation along the Amstel in the center of the city. ‘Light Bridge’ draws reference from the classic arches of a typical Amsterdam canal bridge, and evolves the lines and and curves into a free-flowing sculpture that both reflects the movement of boats on water and from the street above.

Click HERE to read more about the project.

Article Written by: Nina Azzarello

Photo courtesy of: Tjep

Source: Designboom

Daan Roosegaarde’s glowing Van Gogh cycle path to open in the Netherlands

Daan-Roosegaarde-Van-Gogh-Bicycle-Path

This stunning illuminated bike path in Nuenen, Netherlands was just unveiled tonight by Studio Roosegaarde, an innovative social design lab that has risen to prominence for their explorations at the intersection of people, art, public space, and technology; most notably their research with Smart Highways that could potentially charge moving cars or intelligently alert drivers to hazards. The swirling patterns used on the kilometer-long Van Gogh-Roosegaarde Bicycle Path were inspired by painter Vincent van Gogh (who lived in Nuenen from 1883 to 1885), and is lit at night by both special paint that charges in daylight and embedded LEDs that are powered by a nearby solar array.

Click HERE to see more images of the project.

Article Written by: Christopher Jobson

Source: Colossal

You can also read the Dezeen article about the path design HERE