New rail service seeks dramatic lighting for stations

December 18, 2015

By David Fleshler, Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel

50-foot, V-shaped piece of styrofoam in vacant lot in Fort Lauderdale served as the model Wednesday evening for designers testing a key element of the new Brightline train stations: lighting.Website Insert Fleet for Sale or Lease copy

The goal is to render stations in downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach instantly memorable at night, without descending to garishness. They sought lighting that would highlight the dramatic structure of the stations, glass-enclosed buildings with a procession of V-shaped supports, rather than lighting that would simply overwhelm them (or shine through the glass and blind the people inside).

 “We are floodlighting the building to highlight the structure, to highlight its very distinctive geometry,” said Domingo Gonzalez, president of Domingo Gonzalez Associates, a well-known Manhattan firm whose lighting projects include the George Washington Bridge, Washington Square Arch and Dulles Airport Metro.

And so, using lights fitted into the styrofoam structure, they projected green and blue and white lights onto the V. They observed how the lights stayed off the front of the structure, allowing it to appear as a striking silhouette. They observed the falloff of light, how smoothly it faded at a distance from the source.

Click here to read the full story from the Sun Sentinel.

 

Previous post:

Next post: