25 Aug 2008
Arup has been presented with a Lumen Award of Merit for it’s incorporation of modern lighting technology, into the Brooklyn Central Library; as part of its renovation. Work on the library which is a national historic landmark included an upgrade of period lighting and a revitalization of the lighting around the grand main entrance to create visual guidance towards the gilded doorway, the focal point of the composition.
Hand rail lighting was used to prevent having to add poles and fixtures, along with step lights in the ramps in front of the building which performed the dual function of lighting the inscriptions on the front of the building. Recessed lights were used to mark the perimeter boundary and add shimmer to the new water features. Around the main doorway, new technology was used to maintain the architectural beauty during the day, whilst providing improved narrow beam metal halide spotlights above the door which make the gilded figures on the door shine as a focal point of the plaza. New uplights alongside the doors illuminate the columns with additional gold-leaf figures; making the library, one of the highlights of the urban park environment, at Grand Army Plaza.
The Lumen Awards program is sponsored by the New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society and was developed to encourage and publicly recognize excellence, professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design.