Illuminated rooftop sculpture garden
Sitting on the skylight grid is a lush roof garden, designed by Future Green, which extends the visual plane of the adjacent High Line. It also creates a further 5,000 square feet of exhibition space, an elevated sculpture garden visible to the promenade’s six million annual visitors. At night, the space, which has a changing program of artworks, is illuminated by ERCO's powerful, glare-free and discreet Gecko fixtures with 12W LED, complemented by interior light from the skylights.
Inside, the natural light during the day is diffused using film on the skylights, creating an ambient backdrop without harsh shadows. This even wash is augmented by the artificial lighting, which also had to accommodate the wide spectrum of lighting requirements demanded by changing exhibits. To offer maximum flexibility, studioMDA designed a grid lighting system using ERCO's two-circuit track and highly adaptable Light Board range with adjustable, precision optics. The grid of the ceiling forms the framework for the recessed, dimmable linear LED light strip. This provides the general lighting, while the track system has an optimal mix of Light Board spotlights and wallwashers, their rectangular design echoing the ceiling geometry.