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EYE-CATCHING ILLUMINATION: PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM

Evoking an abstract sense of speed and movement, Petersen Automotive Museum’s new building façade positions itself as a statement piece of LA architecture that has every passer-by along the Miracle Mile taking a second look!

“With its visceral and skeletal aesthetic,” Teal Brogden notes, “the new Petersen Automotive Museum is a living, breathing entity that embodies the passion for cars, the need for speed!”

The fifty-year-old building underwent a three-phase renovation led by architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox whose sculptural concept employs customized stainless steel “ribbons”. Light was an important element in the design of the building as it complements the façade’s new fluid organic form. LED fixtures are mounted along the roof and at street-level, where over 500 feet of downlight from the roof’s edge and 300 feet of uplighting from street level, are programmed in order to splash 16 different “looks” above LA’s famed Museum Row. The lighting design meets Title 24/CalGreen 2013 lighting power allowances by 17%.

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