2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Lighting — Outdoor

Light at the End of the Tunnel

2019 Best of Design Awards winners for Lighting — Outdoor

2019 Best of Design Award winner for Lighting — Outdoor: Lightweave
Lighting Designer: FUTUREFORMS
Location: Washington, D.C.

Lightweave is located north of Union Station in Washington, D.C., in a neglected underpass for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles beneath the tracks of one of the busiest railway stations in the United States. The project stitches two neighborhoods together with light. A woven structure of steel and luminaires creates a serpentine chandelier hovering above the sidewalk. The artwork moves people through the otherwise dark underpass and creates an illuminated, dynamic, ever-changing path for them to traverse. Its illumination responds to the vibration of the train tracks above, giving residents and commuters a sense of the cadence of the infrastructure and a reading into the ebb and flow of urban life.

Client: NoMa Parks Foundation
Structural Engineer: Endrestudio
Interaction Consultant: Maramoja
Electrical Contractor: M.C. Dean
LED: Neon Flex