Nighttime placemaking has become an important aspect of shaping our cities, as people enjoy their public spaces around the clock. Parks and other green spaces are part of this. Notable parks that Christoph has designed in collaboration with his colleagues at Arup include Hunter’s Point South in Queens, Brooklyn Bridge Esplanade in Manhattan, Mulberry Commons in Newark, St. Pete Pier Approach in Florida, Aitken Place Park in Toronto, and currently BBP Brooklyn Bridge Plaza in Brooklyn.
At Hunter’s Point South, Arup provided the lighting design for both the public street and park lighting surrounding six square city blocks and including half-mile of riverside park near the East River’s edge in Queens. It includes a dramatic overlook and waters edge park areas, with lighting to highlight the prominent overlook cantilever at night, as well as a subtle linear accent along the curved edges and ambient luminance for safe wayfinding on walkways and steps.
For Newark’s new downtown Park, Mulberry Commons, the lightning of the park’s paths and event plaza is creating an inviting nighttime environment, by using softly illuminating luminous columns throughout the park, and high mast-mounted spotlights along the open event plaza. By illuminating the public areas above standard light levels, nighttime activities are encouraged, while the vertical illumination helps people to feel safe and connected.
Zaryadye Park is a new park in the center of Moscow, located on the former site of Hotel Rossiya. In collaboration with the architects, landscape architects and a local lighting partner, the implemented lighting design of the park, consists of several architectural and landscape lighting features.
The vision for MGM’s The Park was to create a new kind of experience for Las Vegas. Contrasting The Strip’s bright and bold lighting, Arup was tasked to create a novel visual destination that will draw visitors from the hustle and bustle to experience Las Vegas outdoors at one’s leisure. The lighting approach included strategies to illuminate 16 unique, monumental, structures each with singular compound curved surfaces.
Designed to complement existing open spaces, Aitken Place Park provides an intimate waterfront retreat and neighbourhood connection between the Lake Ontario’s Water’s Edge Promenade and Sherbourne Common. The lighting is designed to remain above and within the perimeter tree lines to provide a soft layer of illumination throughout the park and allows the public art to keep its impact.
Social impact and community involvement are an important component of Christoph’s work process. Nighttime safety and navigation are prioritized, and placemaking and people activation are part of the lighting design process or final lighting product.
Christoph has fostered strong working relationships with city and state agencies for projects such as the Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge for the New York State Thruway Authority, lighting activation and public space safety at NYCHA Brownsville Houses for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and Center for Court Innovation, and design for the future of pedestrian lighting in NYC for the New York City Department of Transportation.
Christoph’s focus in his work is the creation of inviting and inspiring environments; he is a nighttime designer who appreciates public spaces as the meeting point for everyone.
Lighting for urban infrastructures such as parks, roads, and bridges and on a global transit scale; airports are one of his professional passions.
Christoph works as a Lighting Designer at Arup’s New York office, previously collaborating with several architecture and design offices in Berlin, Stockholm and New York.