Project report download
Project report download without personalisation (.pdf)

Rittenhouse Square Park
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • client Friends of Rittenhouse Square
  • architect Bolender Architects
  • lighting designer 521 Atelier
  • photographer © Jeffrey Totaro 2014

Rit­ten­House Square is a beau­ti­ful, his­toric square in the middle of the city. It is the 100th anniver­sary of the park’s design and the Friends of Rit­ten­House Square, the non­profit that main­tains the park hired us for var­i­ous light­ing needs. One of the issues was addi­tional light­ing on an his­toric neo­clas­si­cal balustrade and we needed type II dis­tri­b­u­tion with no glare. Your fix­ture was the best designed with the color tem­per­a­ture, optics, small dis­crete head…really no other fix­ture came close for our needs. So, it’s a nice way to show that new fix­tures are applic­a­ble to even his­toric parks.”

  • Clau­dia Librett, design direc­tor of 521 Ate­lier

Rit­ten­house Square is one of the five orig­i­nal open-space parks planned by William Penn and his sur­veyor Thomas Holme during the late 17th cen­tury in cen­tral Philadel­phia. The park is widely con­sid­ered one of the finest urban public spaces in the United States. Orig­i­nally called South­west Square, Rit­ten­house Square was renamed in 1825 after David Rit­ten­house, a descen­dant of the first paper-maker in Philadel­phia, the German immi­grant William Rit­ten­house. William Rittenhouse’s orig­i­nal paper-mill site is known as Rit­ten­house­town, located in the rural set­ting of Fair­mount Park along Paper Mill Run. David Rit­ten­house was a clock­maker and friend of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion, as well as a noted astronomer.

Today, the tree-filled park is sur­rounded by high rise res­i­dences, luxury apart­ments, an office tower, a few pop­u­lar restau­rants, a Barnes & Noble book­store, a Bar­neys, and a five-star hotel. Its green grasses and dozens of benches are pop­u­lar lunch-time des­ti­na­tions for res­i­dents and work­ers in Philadelphia’s Center City neigh­bor­hood, while its lion and goat stat­ues are pop­u­lar gath­er­ing spots for small chil­dren and their par­ents. The park is a pop­u­lar dog walk­ing des­ti­na­tion for area res­i­dents.

The beauty of the Park is due largely to the efforts of Friends of Rit­ten­house Square, a public-pri­vate part­ner­ship with Philadel­phia Parks & Recre­ation. Land­scap­ing, light­ing, restora­tion of foun­tains and fenc­ing — even the instal­la­tion and stock­ing of doggie-bag dis­pensers — are all projects of the Friends of Rit­ten­house Square. During 2013, the 100th anniver­sary of archi­tect Paul Cret’s redesign of the Square, the Friends of Rit­ten­house Square worked to raise record funds for a light­ing and preser­va­tion ini­tia­tive. Selux is proud to have been a part of the restora­tion of this his­toric park.

  • Discera, offered as a family of luminaires, is a sleek LED fixture perfect for any designer needing improved visual guidance and precise placement of light. Discera allows you to put the light where it is needed while maintaining a contemporary and modern aesthetic. This can be achieved through catenary, pole mount, or wall mount. Dis­cera 4 is also avail­able as a solar LED fix­ture for off-grid light­ing needs. **Create Visually Appealing Environments** The design of intimate spaces with high pedestrian traffic requires a different lighting approach compared to the typical roadway and parking lot projects. The recessed optics in the Discera shield the light source for more comfortable viewing. Having the choice of housing size, distribution, and output level allows the luminaire to be applied in a very tailored way.
You are on Selux North America