New York, NY

CBB’s innovative lighting design for this project is the winner of five prestigious lighting design awards. The solution was achieved within energy-efficient parameters that supported the project’s LEED Gold certification.

While the design team sought to create a building of dignity and presence to herald the spirit of a new beginning at ground zero, the lighting designers were faced with the additional challenge of a building whose 80-foot base needed to hide transformer vaults. The solution was a shimmering light and metal screen wall and a lobby, inserted into it, with an illuminated ceiling that changes color over the evening.

The result is a custom light art-piece that wraps around an entire city block, with a compelling impact on the streetscape.


  • IESNA Paul Waterbury Award of Distinction

  • Lumen Award of Excellence

  • A/L Light & Architecture Outstanding Achievement Award

  • IALD Award of Merit


Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; James Carpenter Design Associates


David Sundberg/ESTO; James Carpenter Design Associates; Fabio Tsuchiya