NADAAA designs a shimmering tower for downtown Cleveland

Beacon of Light

NADAAA designs a shimmering tower for downtown Cleveland

NADAAA designs a shimmering tower, named The Beacon, for downtown Cleveland. (Courtesy NADAAA)

A 19-story residential building designed by Boston- and New York–based NADAAA, with local architects Westlake Reed Leskosky, will soon rise in Cleveland. The new 187-unit Beacon tower will sit atop an existing 8-story parking structure in the city’s downtown.

Like many NADAAA projects, the building has an expressive envelope system. Panels of varying color and reflectivity play with light during the day and night. The coloration is calibrated to accentuate the height of the building, while a LED lighting system on an upper-level terrace “produces a dramatic lighthouse effect.”

The Beacon’s alternating panel and window facade gives the building a shimmering effect during the day and night. (Courtesy NADAAA)

The bold facade of the project went through at least one major revision in the last few months as the downtown’s design review committee debated the building’s color choice. An earlier iteration had the metal panels rendered in red tones. The committee worried that if the color faded, the building would become too pink in appearance.

As the building is placed atop an existing structure, great care was taken to make an efficient design to maximize programmed space in relation to building weight. Targeting millennials, most of the units are one and two bedrooms, with flexible configurations. The penthouse level includes a party room, roof patio, and a chef’s kitchen.

If construction goes as scheduled, The Beacon is set to be complete by fall 2018.