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on January 7, 2015 5:41 pm EST
Sleek and Shimmering: Urban Exteriors Shine with LED Option
Plexineon by iLight Technologies lends linear sparkle to a variety of commercial projects by night, and texture by day.
Claremont University in Claremont, Calif., features one application of Plexineon lighting. All images courtesy of iLight Technologies.
Located in the heart of the historic Old Port district in Portland, Maine, a new hotel defies the traditional brick architecture around it — instead nodding to the city’s cultural sophistication and growing stature as a tourist destination.
Hyatt with Plexineon, Portland, Maine.
Sitting on the waterfront, with restaurants, bars, and shops right at its doorstep, the seven-story, 130-room Hyatt Place Portland-Old Port hotel is a virtual skyscraper, given its surroundings. And with its faceted-glass corner entrance contradicting the rest of the building — wrapped in modernistic, steel-gray sheath — the structure itself is a study in contrasts: sleek against shimmer.
The theme continues atop the penthouse level and draping down one side of the building. The source there is a random pattern of horizontal Plexineon White fixtures from Chicago-based iLight Technologies that appear as dashes of light by night and added adornment by day. The design challenge
Working closely with local architect Canal 5 Studio, Greg Day of Greg Day Lighting was looking for a way to play off the precision and regularity of the building’s facade.
He had never employed Plexineon for a project before, but decided the Hyatt project was the perfect opportunity.
“The Plexineon becomes like sparkly jewels to contrast with the masculinity of the building,” he says. “It’s part of a very Fred and Ginger dance: there’s the curve of the hotel with freeforming glass and the flat, ordered panels.”
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.