Mormon Temple Named “Most Unexpected Surprise” by Curbed Philadelphia

Curbed Philadelphia recognizes “… the best new architecture—reveals, makeovers, and conversions included,” with its annual Curbed Awards. This year, the online housing industry publication recognized three of The Lighting Practice’s projects: University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House, the Rail Park, and the Philadelphia Mormon Temple.

Curbed referred to the Mormon Temple as “the most unexpected surprise.” Pennsylvania opened the doors to its first Mormon Temple in the summer of 2016. The neoclassical Temple, designed jointly by Perkins + Will Atlanta and FFKR Architects, is located along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

TLP was tasked with designing a lighting system that highlights the Temple’s spectacular architecture. At night, the building’s exterior is washed in a warm glow by ground and pole-mounted LED luminaires. Accent lighting on the second level and cornice line adds depth, and linear and spot LEDs at each tower level emphasize the architectural setbacks. The Angel Moroni statue is illuminated by accent lights tucked away in the tree bosque and on the roof. Dimmable LEDs allow for the lighting levels and effects to be fine-tuned on site.

Of the Temple, Curbed notes that, “The craftsmanship and architectural details were impressive, and the odes to Philadelphia and Pennsylvania—the wood-carved mountain-laurels, the state flower, for example—were appreciated.”

The team at TLP is proud to see three of our projects included in this year’s Curbed Awards, which recognize “…the most deserving people, places and things in the real estate, architecture, infrastructure, and neighborhood universes of Philadelphia.”

Read Curbed Philadelphia’s full write-up about the Mormon Temple, The Rail Park (Best groundbreaking) and Perry World House (Most interesting take on preservation).

Philly’s best new architecture and urban design wins of 2016
Curbed Philadelphia | December 2016

It’s time to make up a bunch of awards and hand them out to the most deserving people, places and things in the real estate, architecture, infrastructure, and neighborhood universes of Philadelphia! Yep, it’s time for the Annual Curbed Awards! Up now: Wins in architecture and urban design.

There was plenty of activity in Philly’s architecture and development world this year. Some exciting projects broke ground after years in the making and we watched plenty of towers add to the ever-changing skyline. This year also delivered some long-awaited projects that deserve some praise below. Here now, the best new architecture—reveals, makeovers, and conversions included—of 2016.

Read the full article: Philly’s best new architecture and urban design wins of 2016

Philadelphia Pennsylvania LDS Temple

Mormon Temple – The most unexpected surprise
Client: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Exterior Architect: FFKR Architects
Interior/Landscape Architect: Perkins+Will Atlanta

The Rail Park, Reading Viaduct Rendering

The Rail Park – Best groundbreaking
Client: Friends of The Rail Park in collaboration with Center City District
Architect: Studio Bryan Hanes

University of Pennsylvania Perry World House Rendering

Perry World House – Most interesting take on preservation
Client: University of Pennsylvania
Architect: 1100 Architects