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INABA Frames Empire State Building with Animated "New York Light" Installation

This holiday season, wedged between two New York City icons - the Flatiron and Empire State building - stands the #NewYorkLight public art installation by Brooklyn-based INABA. A magnificent place to experience the Manhattan grid, the installation frames a unique and uninterrupted view of the skyline due to the clearing of Madison Square Park. 

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Red Bull's New York Offices / INABA

  • Architects: INABA
  • Location: New York, NY, USA
  • Architects in Charge: Jeffrey Inaba, Ostap Rudakevych, Yoichiro Mizuno, Alan Kwan
  • Area: 16800.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Greg Irikura , Naho Kubota

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INABA to Construct "New York Light"


Jeffrey Inaba’s Brooklyn practice INABA has been selected as the first-ever winner in the Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition with New York Light. Organized by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute, the inaugural installation will be constructed in front of the famous Flatiron Building for the duration of the 2014 winter season. 

Red Bull Music Academy New York / INABA

  • Architects: INABA
  • Location: New York, NY, USA
  • INABA - Principal in Charge: Jeffrey Inaba
  • INABA - Project Architect: Ostap Rudakevych
  • INABA - Project Team: Yoichiro Mizuno, Alan Kwan, Sean Connolly, Steven Tsai, Shuning Zhao, Allyn Hughes, Stephanie Lee, Richard Yoo
  • Architect of Record: SLAB Architecture
  • Area: 38200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Greg Irikura

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INABA Completes Skylight

INABA has completed Skylight, a permanent installation for KORO Public Art Norway. The 6.6 m (22 ft) diameter, 11.5 m (38 ft) long structure hangs from the foyer of the New Concert Hall in Stavanger, Norway. It is visible from the adjacent public plaza, and surrounding neighborhood and harbor, serving as a light beacon for the complex. 

Responding to the region’s extreme atmospheric conditions, Skylight emits a range of pure color light patterns that contrast and complement the blended luminous tones of the dawn and twilight Nordic sky. Conceived of as an inverted chandelier, Skylight’s light fixtures are mounted to face inward and illuminate the structure’s interior surface. Its programmable LED system is animated to change in brightness and hue, and produce distinct patterns during arrival, theater calls, intermission, departure, and after hours.

Video, images and more information on Skylight after the break.

Migratory Anagrams / INABA

INABA, with Darien Williams, has developed a hypothetical proposal for the migratory distribution of the Hollywood sign across Los Angeles, titled “HLYWD”. The project will be on display as part of SUPERFRONT LA‘s upcoming show, UNPLANNED: Research and Experiments at the Urban Scale.

The proposal will be on display until July 2. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Sandwiched / INABA

  • Architects: INABA
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Architects: INABA, C‐Lab
  • Lighting: Doug Russell, Lighting Workshop
  • Engineering: Arup, New York
  • Lantern Fabrication: Kreysler & Associates
  • Furniture Fabrication: Atta Inc
  • Upholstery: Greg Georgi
  • Area: 2200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Naho Kubota

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