Los Angeles City Hall

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Project Description

An Art Deco gem illuminates in the heart of downtown LA.

Hailed as a uniquely American masterpiece of architecture and design in 1928, the Los Angeles City Hall remains one of the most recognized and admired buildings in the United States. Modern systems were incorporated to bring the structure up to current safety standards.

HLB proposed a reinterpretation of the original exterior facade lighting design in an effort to maintain the unique historic character of the structure and to protect its civic heritage. By utilizing modern lighting technologies and energy efficient luminaries that incorporate long-life lamps, the lighting design approach provides a modern day equivalent to what was originally planned for the City Hall facade lighting but only utilizes one fourth of the power. Light levels were balanced to compensate for the higher ambient light levels inherent in a present day metropolis. Los Angeles City Hall restorative illumination is unlike any other skyscraper in the downtown area allowing it to regain its prominence in the skyline.

Project Highlights

• Utilized modern lighting technologies
• Energy efficient light sources


Antieri & Haloossim Consulting Engineers


Project Background

$134 million


Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
• Lumen West Award of Excellence

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