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Out and About PointOfView Lighting QT Sydney Sydney, Australia


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The Perfect Setting


PointOfView Lighting help to turn two of Sydney’s most iconic buildings into QT Sydney, a landmark hotel that opened in September 2012.


The hotel set out to have an international feel, and compete with the best that New York has to offer. It is in close proximity to Darling Harbour, a tourist and nightlife area and on the corner of George Street and Market Street in Sydney. A creation from the heritage-listed Gowings Department Store and adjacent State Theatre buildings in the heart of Sydney’s central business district, this hotel has got off to a great start.


It has taken over 17 months to restore the original 1920’s stone cladding, gargoyles, timber floors and retail showcases which have been damaged or discarded over the decades and turned this into an inventive and witty public space, which has been designed by Nic Graham & Associates. The 200 rooms upstairs were designed with the guest in mind, and styled by Indyk Architects, who like Nic Graham & Associates have been frequent collaborators with PointOfView (POV) in the


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past, who created the lighting for the entire hotel, restaurants and bars. The lighting is integral to a design vocabulary that has been attracting much attention. “QT is a small chain, and we worked on QT Gold Coast too” says Mark Elliott, director of POV Lighting. “They were both great projects to work on, and we’re very happy that QT Sydney is such a success with both foreigners and Sydneysiders.”


POV used a high quality lighting control system and retained use of some of the halogen lighting. They focused on feature elements rather than uniform washes of light. Integrated lighting played a huge role in the Bar and Restaurant, making the hamper over the bar a focal chandelier, and LED strips illuminate the bottles within. The double height wine wall is washed with light from within, creating a central focus and drawing the eye to the upper bar. "With every project we work on, we try to


push every dollar of the budget to deliver something special. This project had aspirations to be the most talked about hospitality project in Sydney for years,” said Elliott, who has lit some of London’s leading restaurants and bars including Nobu at the Berkeley. “There were challenges in that it's a heritage building too.” he continued. Interior designer Nic Graham created a


strong aesthetic, so the goal of the lighting was to complement that. "We tried to enhance the eclectic colours, materials and textures, so that guests can bathe within pockets of light and shade. We avoided unwanted architectural lighting projecting into the space, and supported Nic Graham's team with technical information wherever needed." said Elliott. Contact PointOfView Lighting T: +61 2 9818 6355 W: www.pov.com.au


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