Lighting Civic & Historical Properties

Ross De Alessi Lighting Design > Civic & Historical Gallery

Lighting high visibility civic and historic projects encompasses a multitude of related considerations. In addition to design aesthetics, architectural compatibility and concealment, safety, energy conservation, ease of maintenance, vandal resistance and funding all must be addressed. Our worldwide experience successfully completing a myriad of culturally diverse projects with a variety of design teams, architects, civic and historical boards, electrical engineers and clients demonstrates our ability to coordinate effectively design, specification and production responsibilities.
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Downtown Helsinki Lighting Master Plan - Esplanade
Helsinki, Finland
Photo: Seppo Kaksonen
Downtown Helsinki
Selected following an international 200-firm search for a lighting consultant, RDLD met the client’s goals for Downtown Helsinki’s new lighting system: Animate and illuminate the city’s robust business and retail district while celebrating its history, architecture and landscape. Our design combined ornamental, façade, pedestrian sidewalk and roadway lighting, along with the creation and use of custom designed poles and lanterns.
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Forth Bridge
The historic Forth Rail Bridge, located outside Edinburgh, was set to undergo a massive restoration project; however, lighting beyond that necessary for safe transportation initially was not part of the plan. Because there was a curiosity, though, as to what architectural lighting might look like, RDLD originally was asked to create schematic designs only. Bridge owner Railtrack was so impressed with the effects, it then commissioned the permanent architectural lighting of our concepts and designs.
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Forth Bridge
Firth of Forth, near Edinburgh, Scotland
Photo: Douglas A. Salin
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The Palace of Fine Arts
San Francisco, California, USA
Photo: Douglas A. Salin
Palace of Fine Arts
Designed for the 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exposition, the historically landmarked Palace of Fine Arts is located on the edge of San Francisco’s Marina District. The privately funded three-year project is a model of aesthetics, energy efficiency, vandal-resistance and maintainability, particularly in the corrosive marine environment. Year round, the pathways along the Palace and its Colonnade invite nighttime strollers--both residents and tourists--to delight in one of San Francisco’s most memorable and beautiful landmarks.
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Orange County Performing Arts Center
The opportunity to light the exterior of Segerstrom Hall, an integral component of the magnificent Orange County Performing Arts Center, created a unique challenge. A key part of the project was the design of façade lighting that would dramatically frame artist Richard Lippold’s sculpture “Fire Bird,” located on the structure’s mezzanine. The striking image of the hall and its centerpiece sculpture now can be seen and enjoyed by concert-goers, pedestrians, passing motorists, and even passengers on planes landing at the nearby Orange County/John Wayne Airport.
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Orange County Performing Arts Center
Orange County, California, USA
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Cleveland Bridges
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Cleveland Bridges
Initially, RDLD authored “City of Bridges,” the Master Plan for lighting the eighteen bridges of Cleveland for its 1996 Bicentennial. For this project, we obtained the necessary approval of a staggering 13 different federal, state, local and private entities. The Legacy Project of the celebration, the permanent architectural lighting of eight of those spans became a $5 million gift from civic agencies, private donors and the utility entity to the people of Cleveland. Through lighting, these bridges now honor the city’s past and celebrate its bright future.
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Santa Barbara County Courthouse
This National Historic Landmark and working courthouse is located in Santa Barbara’s business district. The pathways and courtyard are abuzz day and evening as employees and sightseers alike find it a prime place to stroll, lunch--even get married! Aesthetics, energy efficiency, vandal resistance, respect for the building’s Spanish architecture, minimal building penetration and system visibility all were key design requirements. Now, warm, golden lighting evocative of traditional Spanish luminarios showcases the structure. Lighting for the surrounding palm and specimen garden also was designed.
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Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Santa Barbara, California, USA
Photo: Douglas A. Salin