The Carlton Tower Jumeirah hotel in Knightsbridge has been transformed to bring a modern aesthetic to life within the architectural magnificence of the European flagship property. Appointed as the lighting designer, we sensitively approached the scheme using layers of light to add character and create permeability.
In the lobby a crystal chandelier by Lasvit is offset by coffer lighting that frames the piece and emits a soft, ethereal glow. Vertical wall lights and recessed downlights add an extra layer of illumination but are purposely understated to make sure that the chandelier is the main design feature.
For the all-day dining area, we balanced architectural and decorative lighting to create a rich and relaxed atmosphere. At a high level, coffer lighting and minimalist downlights complement the elegant ceiling and reduce the need for unsightly interventions. A feature chandelier is supplemented by wall, table and floor lamps that bring a sense of balance to the space. Integrated joinery illumination and picture lighting add the finishing touch.
In the health club we had the challenge of balancing natural and artificial light within the enormous pool area, where a spectacular curved glass ceiling floods the space with light. In response we let the natural daylight take centre stage and used subtle lighting techniques to balance light levels within the space. Across the ceiling, an integrated track system provides ambient illumination, while uplights wash the bottom of the structure with light to create an element of drama at night. Individual poolside cabanas are defined by decorative wall lights.
Within the luxurious spa, the lighting is warm and subdued to accentuate the neutral interiors and emphasise a feeling of calm tranquillity. For the private treatment rooms, we used coffer lighting and backlit mirrors to contribute to a relaxed and intimate ambiance.
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