2017 IALD Award Winners:
Award of Merit
225 Park Avenue South Lobby
by Anita Jorgensen Lighting Design

Luminaries of the lighting profession gathered at the Crystal Tea Room on 10 May to honor the winners of the 34th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards. Twenty two projects from eight countries were on display – including interiors, monuments, façades, museums, and a residence. This year’s winners represent some of the most innovative and inspiring work found anywhere in the world of architectural lighting design.

The lobby and entry of 225 Park Avenue South in New York, NY USA, with lighting design by Anita Jorgensen Lighting Design, took home an Award of Merit, accepted in person by Anita Jorgensen, IALD, and Kristie Wolf.

A 1920’s neo-classical office in Gramercy Park called for the redesign of their lobby to attract a new high profile tenant. Anita Jorgensen Lighting Design provided crisp, contemporary, state of the art lighting to create a minimalist, light-filled environment highlighting new and existing architectural details.

The entrance to the lobby is a dramatic, double height barrel vault complete with decorative coffers. Concealed indirect linear LED lighting mounted above the cornice line provides illumination of this historic architectural feature, and creates a glowing archway above the updated glazed entrance.

Large format, circular LED pendants with direct/indirect light distribution create elegant floating halos of light, and provide general illumination along the length of the lobby. These decorative luminaires complement the curves of the vaulted entry. Decorative, state of the art LED pendants illuminate the circulation area. Concealed ribbons of LED light frame the new bronze elevators with a soft glow the judges called “restrained, clean, and welcoming.”

Above the reception desk, a custom cascading chandelier with circular planes of illumination provides sparkle. The chandelier is composed of 162 OLEDs, with a color temperature to match the large direct/indirect pendants. Each OLED is a three-inch diameter circle, glare and shadow free, attached to a white wire stem. The rear painted bronze frosted glass wall behind the reception desk is grazed from above with a concealed LED wall wash cove. An LED ribbon of light at the base of the desk creates a soft glow and a floating effect.

“This is a simple project,” one judge wrote. “But the result is so memorable – clean, successful, and very elegant.”



Anita Jorgensen, IALD
Naomi Castillo
Kristie Wolf
Anita Jorgensen Lighting Design


Anna Ammari
Graham Clegg
STUDIOS Architecture


© Naomi Castillo Photography

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