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Architectural Lighting > Outdoor: SteelStacks Campus

Lighting Design: L’Observatoire International
Location: Bethlehem, PA

The SteelStacks campus turns the former Bethlehem Steel Plant into a dynamic arts and cultural campus with a community center. Highlighting the history of the area, L’Observatoire International worked within the 10-acre core of the site to create multiple performance venues, plazas, and parks. The campus is crowned by the Hoover-Mason Trestle, a walkway rehabilitated from a former elevated railway, and features Levitt Pavilion, an angular open-air stage with monumental blast furnaces as a backdrop. The thoughtful attention to detail and theatrical approach to lighting—which illuminates the structure from within and behind to better highlight its volumes—emphasizes the drama of Bethlehem’s industrial heritage.

Landscape Architecture
Wallace Roberts & Todd

Horticultural Design
Patrick Cullina

LED Lighting
Philips Color Kinetics

Lighting Fixtures
Winona Lighting

General Contractor
Boyle Construction

Eventide. (Courtesy Sosolimited)

Eventide. (Courtesy Sosolimited)

Honorable Mention: Architectural Lighting > Outdoor: Eventide

Design Studio: Sosolimited
Location: San Diego, CA

Eventide. (Courtesy Sosolimited)

Eventide. (Courtesy Sosolimited)

Sosolimited conceived a dynamic, nature-inspired architectural lighting system that brings the Cedar Kettner Garage to life. Beyond responding to actual lighting conditions in real time, the lighting system includes a user-friendly interface that allows staff to easily change the animations for holidays and events.

(Courtesy David Sundberg/Esto)

(Courtesy David Sundberg/Esto)

Honorable Mention: Architectural Lighting > Outdoor: Daryl Roth Theatre Facade Renovation

Lighting Design: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design
Location: New York, NY

Dary Roth Theatre. (Courtesy David Sundberg/Esto)

Dary Roth Theatre. (Courtesy David Sundberg/Esto)

Charged with transforming a 1907 landmark bank building into a theater with a new lighting structure, Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design sought to turn the facade into its own marquis. The versatility and precision of the lighting fixture illuminates its architectural details while lending the theater a lustrous presence.

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