Bethlehem Steel Lights junio 15, 2010Posted by christian saucedo in Illumination of structures.
Tags: Illumination of structures, Illumination of structures- Auto active
Tipo. Iluminación de estructuras – autoactiva
Autor. Speirs and major associates
Autor instalación. Speirs and major associates
Edificio. Bethlehem steel
Ciudad. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
UK-based speirs and major associates have sent us in images of their latest project. the studio were invited to light sands bethworks – a massive disused steelworks, as part of a renovated casino resort in bethlehem, pennsylvania.
bethlehem steel used to be one of the largest shipbuilding and steel producers in the world and still remains an important symbol of america’s industrial greatness. a decade after the furnaces finally went cold, the site has been transformed into a resort run by las vegas sands corporation. As part of the development, several structures, including the blast furnaces that defined the city’s skyline for 100 years, have been carefully preserved and re-lit.
the designers’ approach was to preserve the memory using light to retell the story of local steel production. carefully programmed LED’s illuminate the structures, with shades of red and blue used to express hot and cold processes. the furnaces appear to glow, intensifying in colour as they ‘heat’ up, before cooling off and returning to darkness for periods. in this way, light plays a strategic role in linking the site to its industrial past – preserving the integrity of the bethlehem steel edifices and celebrating their place in american industrial history.