Light immerses visitors in nature, inspiring an emotional connection to the outdoors.
The lighting design was meant to be seamless and hidden allowing the gardens and exhibits to be the showcase. Energy conscious design solutions were integrated into the architecture and landscape. Ambient lighting combined with accent lighting was the general approach throughout. Fun features included fiber optic “fireflies” that were recessed into the entry plaza seating.
The donor wall’s limestone façade was grazed with light. In the Discovery Center, linear fluorescent fixtures were integrated into the beam detail and flexible track lighting was integrated into the wood slat ceiling details. The Skywalk includes integrated LED handrail lighting for an even wash of light across the boardwalk. The site is lit with minimal poles that are designed with adjustable multi-headed metal halide fixtures for even pathway illumination.
Integration was the key to this project. From the design process to execution, seamless incorporation of architecture and landscape with lighting design led to a successful project.
- • Fiber optic technology
- • Integrated & flexible site lighting
- • MKW + Associates Landscape Architects
- • Dattner Architects
- • 9,600 square feet
- • 7 acre garden
- • $62 million
- Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
- • Outdoor Lighting Design Award of Merit