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   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. 


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


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