World War II National Memorial

Washington, District of Columbia
United States

HLB’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 Memorial's physical manifestation of the sentiment, “Darkness of global conflict and a light of freedom”, as represented in the Freedom Wall. At night it was especially important to re-create the same effect by modeling key elements in a chiaroscuro manner.

The lighting adds an element of magic 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 detract 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.

  • Architectural Lighting
  • Cultural
  • Historic Renovation
  • 322,344 sq.ft. | 29,947 sq.m.
    $175 M
  • Leo A. Daly
  • Illuminating Engineering Society Award of Merit
  • Brett Drury