Architect: Rogers Marvel Architects New York, New York, USA
The 2012 GE Edison Award is presented to Hervé Descottes, Jeff Taylor and Jessica Jie Soo Tchah of L'Observatoire International for lighting Vintry Fine Wines in New York, New York, USA (Architects: Roger Marvel Architects, New York, New York USA). A personalized Steuben crystal award for the winner of the 2012 lighting design competition was presented by GE Lighting on April 22, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Vintry Fine Wines store, located in the Battery Park neighborhood of New York City, uses a unique combination of light and architecture to set itself apart from the surrounding cityscape. Starting with its strikingly non-externally illuminated storefront, the lighting concept draws visitors into the store's warm interior. GE Tetra® Contour LED systems line the shelves and ceiling, effortlessly merging with the graceful curves and rows of the store that evoke the geography of a vineyard.
The warm 2700 K color of the LEDs brings warmth to the space while highlighting the leather surfaces. The curvilinear forms expand the perceived space, and actual linear footage, of the store. The bright, clean lines of light allow the space to have a great deal of merchandise without appearing cluttered. The Tetra® Contour systems are specifically molded to each shelf and stack to accentuate the architectural curve of the store, as well as to emphasize the bottles. The placement of the fixtures was extensively studied in a mock-up to ensure maximum lighting with a minimum of reflection from the LED mounting. Each fixture, whether it is located in the shelves or the ceiling, is carefully detailed to prevent visibility from any angle. All fixtures are dimmable and maintained by a state-of-the-art computerized control system that follows the astronomical clock. The lights are brighter during the day and dimmer during evening hours.
The GE Tetra® Contour systems not only provide sufficient lumen output for the space, but are also energy efficient, cost effective and easy to maintain. Their long lifetime, coupled with the space's centralized lighting control system, ensures that the Vintry Fine Wines store will be able to get the maximum amount of usage from these fixtures with the minimum amount of upkeep. The fixtures will keep the store looking warm and bright for many years to come!