ILUMINARC to Light Chicago Pavilions Honoring Centennial of City

 CHICAGO – ILUMINARC® luminaires have been selected to light two pavilions created by renowned architects Zaha Hadid and Ben Van Berkel in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

The pavilions will honor Chicagoan and architect Daniel Burnham who, a century ago, created the first city comprehensive plan in the United States in his Plan for Chicago. The pavilions will be open to the public from June 19 through Oct. 31 and are expected to draw 4 million visitors.

Directing the lighting of the project is Tracey Dear, owner of Dear Productions and best known for the 1998 lighting of 11 movable Chicago bridges spread out over a mile.

Dear specified 54 Ilumipod™ 36 IP Optic RGB units and 21 compact Ilumipod™ 18 units for the project.

Until Dear heard about the Ilumipod™ 36 IP, he said he planned to use another fixture that was more expensive.  “There’s tremendous affordability here,” he said. “Since we worked hard to raise the funds, the budget was a huge concern. We wouldn’t have been able to pull it off without ILUMINARC® products.”  The Burnham Plan Centennial Committee raised $1 million to construct both pavilions.

Another concern was power runs to the pavilions. “All the lights are recessed in the ground and there’s very little space so we didn’t have room for power runs,” Dear said.  The ability to daisy-chain up to 30 fixtures running on a single circuit eased the task. 

 Architects Hadid, of London, and van Berkel, of Amsterdam, are creating the focal points of the region’s celebration of the 1909 Plan of Chicago and the next phase that city officials hope city residents will embrace. One pavilion will highlight the past and future of the city while the other will offer peek-a-boo views of nearby skyscrapers.

Hadid, the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, designed a tapering, aluminum-framed pavilion clad in an elastic, silver-grey tent fabric with oblong slits for skylights. As visitors walk inside the pavilion, they will watch an art video celebrating Chicago’s past and its proposed future projected on fabric walls.

Van Berkel’s steel and plywood structure features three scooplike supports connected by a flat canopy. Openings in the scoops will offer views of downtown skyscrapers. At night, the LED lighting will change color and pattern. And according to Dear, the lights will change color when people move over them and they will dim down when people stand in certain positions.

Hollywood, FL-based ILUMINARC® is an architectural lighting company specializing in efficient dynamic lighting, including indoor/outdoor linear, pod and panel luminaires, and control systems. All products are ETL listed and meet or exceed industry standards for use by architects, lighting specifiers and systems integrators.