Posted in materials 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.











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By Church Designer Staff

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.

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