L'Observatoire International

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L'Observatoire International
Industry Lighting design firm
Founded 1993
Headquarters New York, United States
Website www.lobsintl.com

L'Observatoire International is a lighting design firm established by Hervé Descottes in 1993 in New York City. The firm works within a range of different spatial expressions including architecture, landscape, urban, and fine art projects.

L'Observatoire has become known for its innovative ways of applying light within the built environment, and does so by merging the latest technologies with an aesthetic paradigm in order to most advantageously engage and reveal the program, space, and form.[1] The firm has collaborated with architects and designers including Steven Holl, Frank Gehry, Diller Scorfidio + Renfro, Jean Nouvel, Richard Meier, Peter Marino.[2]

The High Line in NYC, with lighting design by L'Observatoire International
The Art Gallery of Ontario, with lighting design by L'Observatoire International
The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, with lighting design by L'Observatoire International

Recent notable works[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • IES Illumination Award [11] for Le Ciel de Paris (Paris, France) (2013)
  • IES Illumination Award [12] for Conrad Hotel (New York, NY) (2013)
  • IES Illumination Award [13] for Daeyang House and Gallery (Seoul, South Korea) (2013)
  • IES Illumination Award [14] for Vintry Fine Wines (New York, NY) (2013)
  • IES Illumination Award [15] for the Virgin Atlantic JFK Clubhouse (New York, NY) (2013)
  • IALD Award [16] awarded to Cite du Surf et de L'Ocean (Biarritz, France) (2013)
  • GE Edison Award (highest honor) [17] for Vintry Fine Wines (New York, NY) (2013)
  • Lumen Award of Merit[18] awarded to the following projects: Cite du Surf et de L'Ocean (Biarritz, France) and The High Line (New York, NY) (2012)
  • IALD Award[19] of Special Citation for Sensitive Application of Light in a Repurposed Urban Setting for The High Line (New York, NY) (2012)
  • IES Illuminations award of Merit[20] Awarded to the following projects: The Cosmopolitan (Las Vegas, NV), Hermes Rive Gauche (Paris, France), Cite du Surf et de L'Ocean (Biarritz, France), and The High Line (New York, NY) (2012)
  • Wan Awards[21] Retail Interior Award for RDAI's Hermes Store (Paris, France) (2011)
  • Municipal Arts Society's Masterworks Award[22] Best Restoration for the Queens Theatre in the Park (Queens, NY) (2011)
  • Lumen Award of Merit[23] for Lincoln Center Redeveloment: Alice Tully Hall and the Juilliard School(New York, NY) and Private Residence (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) (2010)
  • World Architecture News Award in Civic Building Category[24] for the New York Korea Cultural Center (New York, NY)(2010)
  • IES Illuminations award of Merit[25] Awarded to the following projects: Newton Creek Waste Water Pollution Treatment Plant (New York, NY), The High Line (New York, NY), and Lincoln Center Redeveloment: Alice Tully Hall and the Juilliard School (New York, NY)(2010)
  • Best Redesign awarded by the The Municipal Art Society of New York[26] Awarded to the following projects: Lincoln Center Redevelopment: Alice Tully Hall (New York, NY) and The High Line (New York, NY)(2010)
  • Commendable Achievement Exterior Lighting from Architectural Lighting Magazine’s Sixth Annual Light and Architecture Design Awards for Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (Brooklyn, NY)(2009
  • ASLA Design Excellence Award[27] for Buffalo Bayou: Sabine to Bagby Promenade (Houston, TX)(2009)
  • Chevalier des Arts et Lettres[28]Knight of Arts and Letters Award administered by the Minister of Culture and the Government of France (2008)
  • Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for Theory World Headquarters and Retail Flagship (New York, NY)(2008)
  • Yellow Pencil Award from D&AD (British Design and Art Direction) for Environmental Design/Installation for the Make It Right Foundation’s Pink Project with Graft as architect (New Orleans, LA)(2008)
  • Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects[27] for the Buffalo Bayou: Sabine to Bagby Promenade (Houston, TX)(2007)
  • General Design Award of Honor from ASLA[29] for Columbus Circle (New York, NY)(2006)
  • Institute Honor from Collaborative Achievement in Design American Institute of Architects (AIA)(2003)
  • Award for Excellence in Design from the Art Commission of New York City for the exterior lighting of the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City (New York, NY)[30] (2003)

Book Publications[edit]

  • Descottes, Hervé; Cecilia E. Ramos (2011). Architectural Lighting, Designing with Light and Space. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. ISBN 978-1-56898-938-9. [31]
  • Descottes, Hervé (2005). Ultimate Lighting Design. Italy: TeNeues. ISBN 3-8327-9016-0. [32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ultimate Lighting Design, Projects by Hervé Descottes / L'Observatoire International
  2. ^ L'Observatoire International Lighting Designers and Consultants
  3. ^ http://www.stevenholl.com/project-detail.php?type=&id=114
  4. ^ http://www.interiordesign.net/article/537189-Pass_the_Popcorn.php?intref=sr
  5. ^ http://archrecord.construction.com/projects/Building_types_study/museums/2010/virginia_museum.asp?bts=MU
  6. ^ http://www.archpaper.com/news/articles.asp?id=5703
  7. ^ http://www.inc.com/magazine/201110/the-business-of-the-high-line.html
  8. ^ http://www.interiordesign.net/article/481012-Bright_and_Clean.php
  9. ^ http://www.interiordesign.net/article/484720-Belle_Epoque_Goes_High_Tech.php
  10. ^ http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/real-estate/turns-nyc-lighting-designer-herve-descottes-bright-ideas-light-city-article-1.186693
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ [2]
  13. ^ [3]
  14. ^ [4]
  15. ^ [5]
  16. ^ [6]
  17. ^ [7]
  18. ^ Winners: 2012 Lumen Awards
  19. ^ http://www.iald.org/about/awards/details.asp?ID=134
  20. ^ http://www.ies.org/pdf/Awards/ia/2012-IES-IA-Award-of-Merit-Reciprient-List.pdf
  21. ^ Judges' Comments - Retail Winners
  22. ^ MASterworks Awards – The Municipal Art Society of New York
  23. ^ [8]
  24. ^ New York Korea Center, Samoo Architects & Engineers, world architecture news, architecture jobs
  25. ^ http://www.iesna.org/pdf/awards/ia/2010%20recipients.pdf
  26. ^ MASterworks Awards – The Municipal Art Society of New York
  27. ^ a b 2009 Professional Awards
  28. ^ France Honors Hervé Descottes and Mia Farrow - French Culture
  29. ^ ASLA 2006 Professional Awards
  30. ^ L'Observatoire International Lighting Designers and Consultants
  31. ^ Architectural Lighting :: Princeton Architectural Press
  32. ^ Ultimate Lighting Design (Ultimate)

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