by Stan Schwartz
As part of the revitalization of downtown Salt Lake City, the 23-acre City Creek Center brings business and people back to the heart of town with a walkable place to live, interact, shop, and work. The lighting designers for the project, Horton Lees Brogden (HLB), collaborating with a large team of multiple partners, used a variety of custom and standard luminaires. These included both decorative and theatrical fixtures.
They also made thoughtful and extensive use of theatrical projections with Rosco gobos and filters for color correction. HLB selected a color temperature of 3000k to reinforce the warm and welcoming environment. This, of course, required color filters to balance the sources which included HID, LED and linear fluorescents.
Among the designers’ most interesting innovations was the wide-spread use of Rosco gobos, or theatrical projections to dapple and otherwise change the character of the lighting and the surfaces it illuminates. Major design challenges included properly lighting the multitudinous architectural elements in conjunction with balancing color and character of lighting in an environment with a fully retractable glass roof, open structures, and circulation paths. Gobos played an important role in solving these challenges.
CITY CREEK CENTER CREDITS
Master Developer: City Creek Reserve, Inc.
Retail Developer: The Taubman Company
Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Architects: Hobbs+Black, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership, Callison
Size: 23 acres; 3 city blocks