FISHER MARANTZ STONE CRAFTS ELEGANT LIGHTING SCHEME HONORING NATURE AND SURROUNDINGS
Luminaries of the lighting profession gathered for the first time online with the world to honor the winners of the 37th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards, presented by Cooper Lighting Solutions. Twenty-one projects were on display from 8 countries—including exteriors, interiors, universities, museums, retail and places of worship. This year’s winners represent some of the most innovative and inspiring architectural lighting design work found anywhere in the world.
The design of the Vancouver Waterfront Park Grant Street Pier and Plaza in Vancouver, WA USA with lighting design by Fisher Marantz Stone, took home an IALD Award of Excellence.
Situated along a south-facing half-mile stretch of the Columbia River, the heart of the Vancouver Waterfront Park is a cablestay pier cantilevered 90 feet over the water.
The lighting design by the team at Fisher Marantz Stone supports and enhances this project’s artistic and structural nature and utilizes three fixture types. Floodlights with precise optics illuminate the sculptural mast that evokes the site’s nautical history. Low-level lights illuminate the pedestrian boardwalk and highlight the perimeter. And wall washers, carefully aimed to keep light off the water, illuminate the bulkhead to enhance the floating effect.
Designers paid careful attention to their impact on nature and surroundings. The uplighting strategy was reviewed with federal agencies, as the site falls within the flight path of the Portland International Airport and with the Audubon Society to ensure the impact on migratory birds was limited.
The Army Corps of Engineers provided calculations to illustrate negligible light on the water’s surface, so as to not disorient spawning salmon. Elegant in its simplicity, the Grant Street Pier provides a dramatic and dynamic visitor experience.