Studio Lumen were thrilled to be recognised for their lighting design at the first Commercial Interior Design Awards: Hospitality. The prestigious awards were held on June 21, 2023, at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, showcasing the incredible work of individuals and projects in the hotel, restaurant, and bar sectors.
Studio Lumen were awarded for the Best Use of Lighting in a F&B or Hotel Project for the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa project. Bab Al Shams has long been an iconic Dubai destination, renowned as a resort rooted in true Arabian hospitality. For the resort’s recent refurbishment, the aim was to provide a much-needed facelift while ensuring the design remained relevant and future-proofed. Both preserving the authentic visual heritage and blending this with contemporary Arabic elements.
The combination of culture and modernity was also an important factor in the lighting concept, with the lighting design by Studio Lumen integral to curating a warm and relaxed ambience that provides the perfect desert getaway for guests.
Studio Lumen worked closely with the core design team of architects, interior designers and landscape architects to achieve the balance required to accent the splendour of the location and to provide the right navigation throughout the meandering resort.
Patterned decorative lighting combined with fittings that are integrated directly into the interior and landscape details, provided the primary layer of light. Downlights and additional light sources complemented this visual effect adding additional accents highlighting key features.
Guestrooms feature a comforting light balance to provide a relaxed ambience, with lighting programmed to ensure the optimum levels for different times of the day and night. The lobby incorporates a blend of zones for different activities, with lighting playing an important role in creating this flow while maintaining a distinct identity for each space. Lighting is also a key feature of the open-air restaurant Al Hadheerah, with a warm glow of lanterns set to welcome guests and create a serene dining experience.
Siddharth Mathur, Managing Partner at Studio Lumen, commented: “We are so proud to have been recognised for our award-winning hospitality lighting at this prestigious awards event. It was an honour to be celebrated together with the leading figures and companies in the hospitality design community. A huge thank you to Commercial Interior Design and the panel of judges for this wonderful acknowledgement, we are truly grateful. This recognition proves the dedication of the Studio Lumen team to creating outstanding lighting design which enhances the environment for the people within.”
Architects & Interior Designers – LW
Project Managers – Mirage Leisure & Development
Hospitality Operators – Kerzner International
Developer – Nakheel
Photography – Natelee Cocks