This story was originally published in Architectural Lighting.
Designed by SoftLab in conjunction with Focus Lighting, the feature wall in the lobby of One State Street in New York City gives the building a distinct entry. At 17 feet tall and 27 feet wide, the aluminum structure is divided into “cells,” each of which is fitted with Plexiglas panels covered with dichroic film. The film “reflects and refracts” light so that the color of each panel changes depending on where the observer is standing.
Focus Lighting designed an illumination strategy that takes this color-changing dynamic to the next level, backlighting the wall with RGBW LEDs. A daytime program takes cues from the human circadian cycle, shifting the light from warm to cool over the course of the day.
At night, the wall becomes a kinetic light sculpture rotating through a quintet of colors: dark blue, light blue, pink, purple, and peach.
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