Target Field Hits a Home Run
iLight Plexineon Illuminates Gateway to Minnesota Twins’ New Ballpark
Ever since the Minnesota Twins unveiled their new home in 2010, Target Field has been lauded for its fan-friendly, innovative design—including being named best stadium in the country by ESPN Magazine.
As part of that design, the award-winning “Target Plaza” outside the right field gate is an active and engaging pedestrian area thanks to elements like iLight’s Plexineon White 1X Series fixtures.
The Design Challenge
For oslund.and.assoc., the landscape architect, and Illume / ME Engineers, the lighting designer, the challenge was creating a welcoming, park-like space despite surrounding urban influences. Not only is the plaza comprised of multiple bridges suspended 25 feet above an interstate highway, there also are challenging pedestrian connections to downtown Minneapolis, plus a commuter rail line.
To offset so much hardscape, incorporating green space was key. As a solution, the team designed circular stone planters with benches around the perimeter that are illuminated with White Plexineon. Filled with ornamental grasses, the planters resemble pitchers’ mounds.
“It’s a really nice quality,” says Tadd Kreun, partner at oslund.and.assoc. “The lighting gives the impression that the planters are floating.”
“Having used iLight Plexineon before, we were very confident in the performance and effect we would get.” – Tadd Kreun: Partner, oslund.and.assoc.
Plexineon also illuminates a low planter wall that stretches the length of the plaza, providing additional seating and more areas for plantings. “We were looking for something to guide people from downtown,” Kreun says.
The Plexineon Advantage
For the project, Plexineon offered several advantages.
Kreun especially liked that the LED strip is fully encapsulated. “It’s a very simple, clean system that gives a nice bright line of light,” he says. “We also liked the rigid nature of the product. It’s easy to install and provides a straight, crisp line.”
Both oslund.and.assoc. and Illume / ME Engineers have used Plexineon before with excellent results. In developing the award-winning design for Minneapolis’s Gold Medal Park outside the acclaimed Guthrie Theater, Kreun specified Plexineon Blue Series fixtures to illuminate custom park benches at night. Three years later, the fixtures continue to provide a reliable, uniform lighting solution. As a result, Kreun says that for Target Plaza, “Having used iLight Plexineon before, we were very confident in the performance and effect we would get.”
Illume / ME Engineers, Inc.
Plexineon White 1X Series
Direct and Indirect Views
494 LF (151m)
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