Omni design creates discussion, Bright Lights - Great City?

5G Studio partner, Scott Lowe, joins panel discussion on lighting and downtown buildings.

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5G Studio Collaborative co-founder Scott Lowe helped lead a discussion on the incorporation of LED lighting in building design at "Bright Lights. Great City?," the first event in the Dallas Center for Architecture's Point/Counterpoint Series of panel discussions that tackle a topic of current interest and debate in our community.

Several recently completed buildings in downtown Dallas—the Omni Hotel, Hunt Tower, Gables Park 17 and others— have drawn attention for their use of LED lighting technologies. Even Reunion Tower has updated its 1970s display to colored lights.

The panel discussion was moderated by KERA's Jeff Whittington and included architects Scott Lowe (5G Studio, Design Architect, Omni Hotel) and Marcel Quimby, FAIA (Quimby McCoy Preservation Architecture) and urban planners Michael Buckley, FAIA (UTA's Center for Metropolitan Density) and Patrick Kennedy (Space Between Design Studio) and lighting designer Scott Oldner.

"We make these types of impactful decisions as designers within the context of the City and not in a vacuum. In this particular instance, we (the Design Team) felt that this was an appropriate area for such an application and would add a much needed "energy" to a previously dark site. The result is an animated building at night that people want to go and explore. Both of these are achieved objectives for this particular structure." - Scott Lowe, Partner, 5G Studio Collaborative.

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"I think Ownership made the right decision (as it pertains to building lighting) for this structure," states Scott Lowe, Partner with 5G. "That site was dead and dark...now it has an energy and life to it. The lights of the hotel reflect so much color and movement to the southern portion of Dallas' signature skyline. These are interesting moves and conversation pieces. Something like a City-Owned Convention Center Hotel should reflect the City's vibrancy and dynamism."

"With that, the inverse is also true. Too much lighting application can be invasive and inappropriate in the wrong areas and/or where it disturbs the building users. These, of course, should be responsible judgment calls by the designers charged with such responsibility. Whatever the decision, it is certain that building lighting (or lack thereof) can have a major impact to your project."

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