So many hotel projects use the same tired old formula – filament lamps, warm colours, narrow spots. I’ve done it myself. But great lighting design is knowing when you need something else, something different.
The Strand Palace Hotel boasts over 750 rooms and is situated in Covent Garden in the center of London. It is within walking distance from the West End, China Town and Theatreland. The major public areas – reception, bar, restaurant – are in an internal space with no natural light, and we wanted to make this space fresh and bright in the daytime.
Lighting the surfaces is key to this, so we used a neutral white light to wash the ceiling, creating a fresh, lively feel. Lighting visual horizons is also important so where your gaze actually rests is bright; this makes the entire space bright (it’s a common mistake to think you can make a space feel bright with lots of downlights).
Light is used in a precise and controlled manner to create a polished ambience. This was done by using a combination of high output linear lights, narrow beam downlights to add focus where we wanted it. Finally not forgetting the decorative items such as chandeliers and wall lights to add the opulent sophisticated feel.
Strand Palace Hotel – a grand building in the centre of London