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CHANDLER CITY HALL EXTERIOR LIGHTING CHANDLER, AZ USA


LIGHTING DESIGN JEFF GERWING, IALD ABBEY RENFREW, IALD CHRIS COULTER SMITHGROUPJJR


ADDITIONAL CREDITS ARCHITECTURE MIKE MEDICI MARK RODDY KENT WILLCOX LORI BUCHANAN DOUG LACOMBE BEN AYER JEFF STANTON SMITHGROUPJJR


PHOTOGRAPHY © TIMMERMAN PHOTOGRAPHY


Drawing on the dichotomy of Chandler’s ranching history and high tech future, lighting sought to establish the building’s nighttime presence, encourage public interaction with the building and inner courtyard, and convey the city’s “transparent” message. “’Transparency’ exemplified,” one judge stated. “Civic illumination raises the human spirit and conviction that democracy works.”


Stone forms, representative of the historic past of the


city, are illuminated by warm MH lighting that accents texture. In contrast, glass and metal elements subtly reference Chandler’s chip industry future with cool white light. Referencing Chandler’s high tech industry, cool white LED “digital lines” represent “data streams” flowing down the façade and onto the lobby ceiling, drawing visitors inside.


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Courtyard lighting sought to encourage public usage while promoting a sense of safety. The design creatively utilizes perceptual brightness of illuminated landscaping, canopies, and views inside through glazing to create a perimeter of brightness. The notion of public transparency is enhanced with views into the illuminated interiors. Landscape lighting creates human scale and adds a layer of visual texture.


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