The right lighting
The Lou Ruvo center, with its sloping steel façade and gravity-defying structure, was no ordinary building. Only a completely original lighting concept could do justice to the unique architecture, so the organization enlisted acclaimed designer Jack Valencia. His strategy was to illuminate the center from the inside out, using colorful LEDs to give it a distinctive glow. However, the lighting would have to be intense enough to illuminate the building's façade through its 199 windows.ColorBlast PowerCore was the ideal illuminator. Valencia used 54 of these futuristic fixtures, installing them around beam structures, the building's main truss, and the lighting pipes. A combination of clear and frosted lenses was used to create texture and depth. Lighting schemes were set up using an iPlayer 3 DMX lighting controller from Philips Color Kinetics and additional third-party controllers.
With the new lights in place, the building takes on its own unique character. Valencia's lighting schemes adapt the center's interior for different events, bathing the space in effects ranging from rich, solid hues to rainbow arrays. The light also pours through the building's windows, bouncing off the steel façade and exterior profile.
The Keep Memory Alive charity and the Lou Ruvo Center were both conceived by Larry Ruvo. The center was constructed to honor Lou Ruvo after he died from Alzheimer's disease in 1994. With the new lights in place, the center embodies the vibrancy of Lou Ruvo's legacy.