The Empire State Building has unveiled a new 10,000-SF museum that takes guests on a journey from the building’s construction to its iconic presence known today.
The Lighting Practice (TLP) worked closely with Empire State Realty Trust, JLL, THINC, Corgan, Syska Hennessy Group, Skanska Building, Fred Geller Electric, Kubik Maltbie, Intersection, Diversified, and the rest of the project team on the conception and execution of the lighting design for Empire State Building’s new second-floor museum. TLP used light to create a visual composition that enlivens the exhibits, draws the visitors’ attention and guides them through the experience. All lighting fixtures in the project use highly efficient and optically precise LED sources that provide a crisp visual appearance with a reduced carbon footprint. Connected to other floors through a fiber optic network, the museum’s lighting system has a level of programming complexity equal to that of the building’s tower lighting. The 10 gallery spaces are individually controlled. Changing lighting intensities are tuned to each space to support the individual’s experience through each immersive and interactive exhibit. TLP’s team led by Principal Al Borden, FIALD, CLD, includes Jonathan Hoyle, Associate Principal, and Chris Hallenbeck, Lighting Designer II.
TLP’s Jonathan Hoyle, Associate Principal, attended the unveiling. “After working on the project for more than three years, it was exciting to be part of the press opening and to watch people interact with and maneuver through the experience we helped to create,” Jon said. “It brought a new life to the work the team put in during design and construction.”