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  The Met

   Lighting Identity

How can we use light in order to celebrate the intricate details of a building's facade making the Museum look like a work of art itself?

The Museum’s new, completely redesigned David H. Koch Plaza officially opened in 2015, after a major two-year reconstruction effort. 

The previous lighting illuminated the façade unevenly via streetlight-mounted fixtures, flattening the face of the building and sacrificing the precision of the Beaux-Arts Style facade. Meanwhile, glare from the floodlights was not particularly conducive to an inviting plaza environment. 

 
 
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The new lighting design invigorates the facade, highlighting its dimensionality while treating the Museum itself as a work of art.

 
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For the unveiling of the new permanent lighting scheme, the art director developed a series of storyboards and designs which formed the basis of a 3 minute lighting sequence choreographed to reveal architectural features in a staccato fashion, coming to a crescendo finale.

– Produced at l'Observatoire International for The Met