World War II Memorial

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Project Description

The darkness of global conflict ignites a light of freedom.

HLB Lighting Design’s approach to the lighting of the WWII Memorial, located on 7.4 acres on the National Mall’s central axis, strived to echo the memorials physical manifestation of the sentiment, “darkness of global conflict and a light of freedom”, as represented in the Freedom Wall. At night it was important to re-create the same effect by modeling key elements in a chiaroscuro manner.

The lighting adds an element of the magical to the transformation of the memorial from day to night. HLB envisioned a subtle warm-colored light emanating from the architectural features - the light level very subtle, almost imperceptible, so as not to take away from the other monuments on the mall.

HLB’s exterior lighting design for the project included the memorial pathways, steps and ceremonial entry and colored water features in the historic rainbow pool.

Project Highlights

• Colored water in historic pool
• Layers of illumination
• Subtle light levels


Leo A. Daly


Project Background

• 322,344 square feet
• $175 million


Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
• Illumination Award of Merit

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