A corporate campus consisting of early-90’s office buildings on a hill-climb, the lighting design for T-Mobile’s corporate campus needed to improve existing lighting and help to create connections across campus. A steep, densely vegetated, mostly evergreen hillside, the campus seems shadowy and dark especially in late autumn to spring afternoons. The client wanted consistency in design as people walk between the various buildings and requested new architectural entries. They wanted a safe, cohesive, yet stimulating campus experience with pockets of color and visual interest.
New pedestrian poles replace old at existing locations, and feature custom-colored tops, warm CCT and high CRI light engines, and a control system capable of maintenance monitoring and dimmability. In addition to more uniform horizontal illumination of roadways and pedestrian paths, select trees and slatted vertical building entries are augmented with light to reinforce destinations. Known as the campus just off the freeway with “magenta floodlit buildings”, the lighting design team did not adjust existing treatments, though offered lower-level wall washing in matching colored light to cohesively blend close-proximity views with far. In the new central plaza area freestanding “pergolitas” are softly lit by decorative pendant luminaires, encouraging outdoor meetings. Used for special events, catenary fixtures in the Central Plaza illuminate a ramp / seating area with direct view of a small stage area. Low-level accent lights are integrated within surrounding planters and translucent cube lights are scattered amidst surrounding vegetation. Colored light in pavers, wallwashers, and the cube lights can be customized for special events or programmed to coordinate with music performances.
In addition to the Central Plaza the custom luminous cubes are scattered throughout campus landscaping giving a final layer of sparkle to the greenery, and warmth and safe passage.