Different shades of Plexineon provide wayfinding in legacy office park
The only low-rise office park in downtown Los Angeles was in need of a makeover. Comprised of five concrete buildings, the 270,000-square-foot campus formerly known as Figueroa Courtyard had been built in 1979. But by 2016, its occupancy rate had plummeted. That’s when new developers purchased and renovated the one-of-a-kind property into a destination for tech and creative tenants.
Rebranded “The Park DTLA,” the campus of existing concrete buildings now features more inviting outdoor spaces and renovated interiors. Even each building’s exterior got a boost with bright lines of color painted around the perimeter — one color per building. At night, those lines glow from afar thanks to illumination from strips of red, blue, green, yellow and orange Plexineon LED fixtures that transform what was once a bland concrete jungle.
The Design Challenge
The developer, Rising Realty Partners, wanted the addition of color to do more than just add energy and excitement throughout the campus. From a practical standpoint, they also wanted the color for each building to double as a form of graphic wayfinding.
Tasked with facade and landscape lighting, Chris Bright, Designer at Lighting Design Alliance, proposed installing a linear neon fixture that would harken back to the city’s theater/film industry. Once he saw samples of Plexineon, Bright knew he had found the product he needed.
“The driving factor was that it came in a full range of colors,” he says. “There was a color to match up with the paint on every building. Plexineon also provided a good deal of sidelight and backlight that illuminated the wall itself, so you could see the paint on the building and correlate the daytime and night time color effect.”
Since budget did not allow for running Plexineon around the entire perimeter of each building, the fixtures were installed just along the corners, with longer lengths near the roofline and shorter lengths on lower levels — reinforcing the building’s architecture.
“From the major view points from downtown, you really only see the corners,” Bright says.
Plexineon was also used to light the parking garage and an exterior walkway to alleviate pedestrian traffic across a major street.
“We chose it for its bright, even tone, durability and long life.”
– Chris Bright, Designer and Project Manager, LIGHTING DESIGN ALLIANCE
The Plexineon Advantage
Bright says Plexineon has exceeded his expectations in many ways. “We chose it for its bright, even tone, durability and long life. We can testify that, as of today, we haven’t had to replace any lengths, and the light is incredibly bright and even. It still looks as vibrant as Day One,” he says, adding that any concerns about the straight runs were alleviated thanks to Plexineon’s unique channel. “There is no misalignment between adjoining fixtures,” he says.
More so, the development owners are pleased. “They have since installed more Plexineon on some interior corners of the campus facing the courtyard,” Bright says. “They are very happy with it.”
DTLA Office Park Renovation
Los Angeles, CA
Stay Green, Inc.
Lighting Design Alliance
1,565 LF (477 m)