While the design team sought to create a building of dignity and presence to herald the spirit of a new beginning at ground zero, the lighting designers had the additional challenge of illuminating a building whose 80’ base needed to hide transformer vaults. The solution was a shimmering light and metal screen wall, and a lobby, inserted into it, with an illuminated ceiling that changes color over the evening. The elegant and mysteriously shimmering base belies the considerable technical challenges that were overcome to create a custom light art-piece that wraps around an entire city block.
The project's innovative lighting design is the winner of five prestigious lighting design awards. The solution was achieved within energy-efficient parameters that support the project’s LEED Gold rating.