Wave-like, edge-lit exterior fins flank the building’s entrance, which is near the ocean at Stamford Harbor. With striking LED fixtures that replace street lights, and ten different curved patterns, this is a striking entryway. It’s the positioning of thirty-four, 20-foot tall steel fins with integrated lighting that creates a sinuous wave of light.
Inside, there are 60 undulating, frosted acrylic fins that also have integrated lighting. Suspended from the main lobby’s ceiling, they carry through the space. The combination of outdoor and indoor fins with repeated wave patterns produces a unified tranquility. Both custom architectural features were engineered, fabricated and installed by Eventscape’s experts.
HOW DID EVENTSCAPE WORK WITH MKDA INITIALLY?
Eventscape built a full-sized prototype for the architects to confirm the LED lighting and verify finish details prior to full production. Functioning as street lights, MKDA chose the brightest LEDs with a warm color that could be dimmed.
For the interior fins, Eventscape provided glass and acrylic options for review during the initial development phase. Using several mockups, Eventscape and MKDA discovered the optimum finish for the acrylic and verified the LED light placement.
WHAT WERE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES?
The sheer size and weight of each fin was the most challenging aspect of the project. Weighing a total of 1800 lbs., moving and handing each section in the metal fabrication shop and powder coating facility was handled with custom “cradles.”
Installation of the fins was done sequentially and scheduled as the site became ready. Eventscape used a crane to lift the fins from custom wood cradles (used for shipping) onto the concrete grade beam provided by the General Contractor. When each fin was secured and plumb, the electrical was checked and the final light with diffuser lens was inserted in the custom welded u-channel.
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