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Oh those terrible lights…

Inga Saffron, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s architecture critic loves the Cira Centre’s new lights. I couldn’t disagree more. Although the LEDs on the Cira Centre might be better than some of the recent lighting projects in the city – that’s not saying much. Boathouse Row has set a horrible precedent for lighting in Philadelphia for years.

Lighting up this jewel-like skyscraper like a Roxborough rowhome at Christmas time doesn’t do it justice and looks completely amateur when compared to what’s being done with other significant buildings around the world (have you seen the Swiss Re building or the Eiffel Tower at night recently?).

What this lighting has done is take a building that positively glows and intrigues by day and turns it into a novelty by night. For me, the lighting on the Cira Centre keeps Philly in a second tier of architecture and design, when it had a chance to stand up and show that it’s truly world-class.

And don’t even get me started on the catwalk to 30th St. Station…

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