McCarter Switching Station in Newark, New Jersey
The exterior of the McCarter Switching Station in Newark, New Jersey was completely redesigned by a team of Adjaye Associates, DW Smith & Associates, RL Studio, and Jingoli and Sons as the architects, Landscape Architects, lighting designers, and contractors respectively. PSE&G (Public Service Electric and Gas company) hired the team to transform the once industrial and non-aesthetic setting of the switching station into an outdoor gathering space decorated with public art.
The lighting designers with RL Studio had been contacted for the project to carry out the responsibilities of the lighting design services in this design and build project. Being initially hired by the contractors, all of the documentation and lighting ideas went through them as they communicated with the architects. They had sent the plans, renderings, and a sketch up model of the vision for the project in which RL Studio evaluated the goals and lighting opportunities and made a decision about the best direction on illuminating the columns. The architects, who were leading the project, had designed large columns with canopies placed at their top. Being strategically placed, the columns create a barrier for pedestrians who visit the artwork.
The architect's main objective with the lighting was for the designers to create a plan that would result in the canopies to be well illuminated for nighttime visitation while keeping the column segment dark.
As seen in LASN magazine, April 2021.