Architectural Lighting

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Courtesy Focus Lighting

For AN’s third annual design awards, seven jurors gathered in New York to review nearly 500 projects submitted by architects and designers.

The jury included Amale Andraos, dean of Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Nicholas Koster, project manager at Snøhetta; Chee Perlman, editor and curator of Chee Company; Ana Garcia Puyol, computational designer at Thornton Tomasetti; Ali Tayar; founder of Parallel Design Partnership, Terence Riley, founding partner at Keenan/Riley, and Mimi Zeiger, AN’s west coast editor.

In each category, a winner and an honorable mention were selected, although there were a couple of ties. Over the coming days, we will be posting their selections in the 21 categories.

Architectural Lighting Winner


1717 Broadway
Lighting Designer: Focus Lighting
Architect: Nobutaka Ashihara
Location: New York


The tallest hotel building in the Western Hemisphere, 1717 Broadway intends to create a digital canvas for light art pieces on the skyline of Manhattan. Its crown is distinguished through artistic lighting content, presented with LEDs in a single electric blue color. The challenge was to make the lighting memorable at each of the building’s primary views, ranging from two blocks to two miles away. Currently, NASA’s infrared satellite imagery of Earth’s changing weather patterns plays on the building’s crown. Extensive mock-ups, manufacturer research, and equipment customization led to an energy efficient exterior lighting solution.

Honorable Mention

Courtesy Design One Lighting Design

Herald Square
Lighting Designer: Design One Lighting Design
Architect: MdeAS Architects
Location: New York

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