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USTA South Campus Court of Champions
Flushing Meadows - Corona Park, New York

  • project USTA South Campus Court of Champions
  • client USTA
  • architect Rossetti
  • lighting designer SBLD Studio
  • photographer Rafael Gamo, Photographer

The fourth largest public park in New York City, Flush­ing Mead­ows-Corona Park, located in the bor­ough of Queens, was cre­ated as the site of the 1939/1940 New York World’s Fair and also hosted the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair.

Since 1978, the US Open has taken place in Flush­ing Mead­ows Corona Park, located in Queens, New York. It con­sists of the United States Tennis Asso­ci­a­tion (USTA) Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Arthur Ashe Sta­dium is center court, and its sec­ondary sta­dium court is Louis Arm­strong Sta­dium.

The $550 mil­lion Sports Spec­ta­cle” trans­for­ma­tion ini­ti­ated in 2010 includes three newly con­structed sta­di­ums; com­ple­tion of the Arthur Ashe Stadium’s retractable roof, the largest of any other tennis sta­dium in the world; new hos­pi­tal­ity and enter­tain­ment set­tings; and sig­nif­i­cant improve­ments to the public realm for 750,000 spec­ta­tors, spon­sors and ath­letes. Over the past five years, USTA’s roll-out of new sta­di­ums and ameni­ties has sub­stan­tially improved the over­all expe­ri­ence, result­ing in increased atten­dance and eco­nomic impact.

Included in the ren­o­va­tions are a new South Plaza, relo­ca­tion of the Court of Cham­pi­ons,” a new Pedes­trian Allee, and new food and bev­er­age con­ces­sions. The Selux MTR Square was chosen to illu­mi­nate the Court of Cham­pi­ons, which includes a view of the Uni­sphere, the iconic symbol of the 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair.

  • The MTR is a family of diffuse exterior luminaires that includes Round and Square Columns and Bollards. The MTR refractor optic incorporates the light-bending properties of a prism, directing the light precisely where you need it most, with minimum intensity at planar viewing angles. The MTR bollards are installed below or near to eye level in environments where minimizing glare is especially important such as car parks or pedestrian walkways. They mark out entrance areas and paths, act as a means of orientation, and at the same time can help to structure a space. This is cleverly achieved through their unique design, using MTR refractors which reduce glare and enhance visual comfort, while also reflecting a small amount of light upward, providing torso illumination for recognition and depth perception and enhancing the sense of security and visual comfort.
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