The iconic Helmsley Building recently gave New York a magnificent show full of glowing LED lights. The computer-controlled lights changed colors to the sound of violins highlighting the Jewel of Park Avenue's newly renovated green façade. The dynamic lighting display, designed by The Lighting Practice, will continue to make appearances during special events and holidays, and to celebrate the building's 70% energy reduction.
Built in 1929 by Warren & Wetmore, the Helmsley Building is owned by Monday Properties and is one of the only buildings in Manhattan that you can drive through. The spectacular new display covering the whole 34-story tower’s facade is crowned by its ornate cupola that comes to life when contrasting with Walter Gropius’ MetLife building. Created to highlight its impressive façade while celebrating a challenging sustainability program, this new nightlife addition boasts the towers’ LEED Gold certification award.
Designed by Al Borden of Philadelphia-based The Lighting Practice with LED lights from Lumenpulse, this low-energy display uses 700 color-changing lights. Each lamp has been installed to shine on details reinterpreting historic forms and proportions. Low-energy, spectacular and dramatic to see, the Helmsley Building’s light display provides New Yorkers with a new nocturnal architectural experience.
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