Set on the former site of the Metropolitan Police Headquarters, the striking development that makes up Orchard Place, The Broadway sits in the heart of Westminster and is the epitome of style.
The intent for the lighting scheme was to revere the unique architecture and celebrate the materiality that has been accomplished throughout the entirety of the development.
Due to the combination of old and new architecture, the exterior lighting was to remain refined. Luminaires were integrated into the façade, establishing a subtle quality of light that glides over the face of the building, inviting passers-by to be immersed in its glow. Focus also went into the central ‘courtyard’ – at ground level linear landscape lighting highlights planted features and aids wayfinding through the passage between buildings.
Maintaining a timeless yet contemporary aesthetic was paramount within each interior space. In the communal areas this was primarily achieved with the use of concealed lighting details. Effortlessly integrated linear lighting grazes the sophisticated natural materials lining the walls, with spotlights emitting gentle expressions of light upon artwork.
The swimming pool is resplendent. The neutral tones are honoured by an elegant design of integrated light that permeates, creating a scene of total relaxation. Directly above the pool floats an illuminated coffer that radiates warm light, adding to the calming aesthetic of the space.
The gym is a dynamic space with a lighting scheme to match. An illuminated soffit interspersed with considered downlights generates a glow conducive to a workout. Lines of light integrated between wooden ceiling slats universally illuminates the Pilates equipment below, encouraging users to feel motivated.
Images © James French /Jack Hobhouse
— Amruta Haval