Representing sparkling constellation patterns from the night of Robert F. Kennedy’s birth, tiny fiber optic luminaires embedded in blue pavement highlight a vibrant nighttime presence for the Robert F. Kennedy Inspiration Park located at the base of a 24-acre campus for the RFK Community Schools. Built on the site of the famed Ambassador Hotel where the Senator was assassinated, the one-third acre public park pays tribute to Kennedy’s life by celebrating his social justice ideas and inspiring opportunities for discovery and reflection of these convictions by younger and future generations.
Meant to be experienced as “an inspiration park” as opposed to a memorial, it pays tribute to Kennedy’s life by celebrating his ideas about social justice. Our design goal was to integrate lighting into the architectural elements and landscape, while emphasizing the two parallel walls that serve as artwork for the park. Safety, vandalism and maintenance for the 1/3-acre park were also a concern due to the dense urban setting.
Throughout the park, fluorescent steplights and bollards are integrated into steps and walls to provide a sense of security and comfort without obstructing views. At this site, nothing should stand in the way of contemplation…or inspiration.
Source: Professional Lighting Design China
Landscape Architect: AHBE Landscape Architects
Size: 24 acres
Honors to Date: Illumination Engineering Society (IES) – Award of Merit