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Elektra Lighting

Beau Rivage in Lausanne, Switzerland

Setting the scene Elektra Lighting puts the finishing touches to a Swiss hotel.

Beau Rivage in Lausanne, Switzerland boasts a stunning lighting scheme thanks to the skills of Elektra Lighting. The challenge was dealing with old and new while marrying in a coherent solution. The overall concept for this historic building from 1865 was to create a hierarchical lighting solution, which highlighted the beautiful features of the historic, listed building while playing down the modern glazed intervention with modest, muted effects. Although hierarchical, it also had to be holistic and cohesive as the listed inner space could be opened up and combined with the outer space to create one large function area.

The Elektra team has created a lighting solution that meets the requirements of a modern, meeting room space while respecting the constraints of a listed building. They couldn’t recess lighting into the ceiling or attach on certain frescoes so had to work within challenging parameters to mount the lighting in appropriate positions to bounce around the room. All the lighting was focussed and finalised by


hand as certain sculptures were required by the client to be brought out for dramatic effect.

Another challenge was to make the modern extension ‘disappear’. The modern glazed intervention wraps around the existing listed building so by dramatically lighting the outside façade of the old building, which is actually inside, you can see right through the glass and the extension appears to disappear. The lighting with the extension itself is coordinated and cast into concentric semi-random slots; downlights with gobo projections that create a leafy pattern and give an outside feel to the inside. All the lighting is recessed or concealed, and limited decorative lighting is provided to further assist in making the whole structure seem to disappear. Another requirement of the brief was to

create solutions for specific technical and feature requirements. Elektra had to work with the manufacturer of the supporting structure for the extension to change their standard detailing to enable the inclusion of light fixtures. The solution included the

incorporation of colour change programming technology to match the outside temperature but with the flexibility to match specific colours for corporate events and the like.

The lighting is ‘daylight white’ during the day to create the illusion of skylights, which can then be controlled with downwash (supplemented with downlights) when required. To highlight the breakfast buffet station, which is a key feature of the extension, Elektra inserted a lighting slot into the floor which makes it glow all around the structure and is the only bit of lighting not in the ceiling. Directional spots highlighting the buffet station’s location only come on when breakfast is being served.


Lighting design: Elektra Lighting 020 7288 0155 Manufacturers: Light Projects, Cube Lighting, Antrox Cold cathode, Colour Kinetics – Architainment, Light Graphix, Precision Lighting, Rosco and Basis Lighting

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