Published on: July 20, 2010
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The US Federal Courthouse in Springfield Massachusetts serves as a glowing backdrop for two stately Copper Beech and Linden trees.
This lighting effect was achieved by grazing the multi story interior columns with ceramic metal halide fixtures and washing the walls beyond.
A conscious decision was made to not illuminate the trees but to allow the internal illumination of the buildingâ€™s public areas to highlight the architecture; dramatically silhouetting and featuring the treesâ€™ sculptural nature.
The stark white faĂ§ade and interior colonnade provide a visual hug for the ancient trees creating a beautiful contrast between them and their sheltering faĂ§ade.
â€śThis project was one of our first extensive uses of 3D lighting simulation software which allowed us to study and compare a variety of design solutions. The rendered concept was extremely accurate when compared to the final resultsâ€ť (Attila Uysal) â€śWe are pleased that we were able to successfully achieve the lighting concept even through numerous value engineering changes during both the design and construction phases. As with many public projects, maintaining the integrity of the design was challenging but critical to achieve the desired effect.â€ť (Susan Brady)
LIGHTING DESIGNER: SBLD Studio – Susan Brady, Zengwei Fu, Attila Uysal ARCHITECT: Moshe Safdie and Associates OWNER: General Service Administration PHOTOGRAPHY: Tim Hursley, Attila Uysal, Aydin Can Ozel
Posted by: Mitja Prelovsek