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Lutron Hotel Novi Vinodolski, Croatia


Taking control


Hotel Novi Vinodolski in Croatia gets the Lutron touch.


When Skira Ltd was asked to create the lighting scheme for Novi Vinodolski in Croatia, Europe’s largest spa and five-star hotel complex, the company looked to Lutron for its help. Situated on the edge of the Adriatic Sea, with 130 rooms and apartments, 12 restaurants, a conference centre, shopping and sports facilities and a 10,000sq m spa centre, the Novi Vinodolski needed a lighting scheme that not only reflected the luxuriousness of the venue, but linked the many areas together in a stylish way. Dean Skira, vice president of the


Croatian Lighting Association and managing director of Skira Ltd, explains the installation: ‘When we were commissioned to create the lighting scheme, the client wanted a sophisticated, futuristic feel to all the areas. As well as integrating all the fixtures and fittings into the fabric of the build to create a streamlined look architecturally, the client also wanted an interior and exterior lighting scheme that had visual impact, no matter the time of day or night. With this in mind, we used


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a range of halogen, cold cathode, LED and fluorescent light sources throughout the resort and colour-changing technology to create a wide variety of moods and visual landscapes.’ To accommodate the number of lighting scenes that the hotel, spa and exterior areas required, Lutron’s Homeworks lighting control technology was chosen. ‘Not only is the system highly scalable, meaning we could link 13 Homeworks processors together to manage over 3,000 zones, but its connectivity enabled us to link in the hotel and spa’s AV systems and security lighting for maximum integration,’ says Skira. ‘As with any system, it is only as good as the end user’s ability to operate it. The Homeworks pre-programmable lighting scenes and easy to use keypads, meant that we were able to tailor each zone, making it simple for users to choose any mood they required at the touch of a button. We also ensured that although each lighting scene can be overridden locally, there is a central, timed lighting sequence for each area, reflecting the hotel and spa’s


activities at any time of day or night.’ Skira was faced with the challenge of linking the spa to the main hotel in a way that supported the lighting themes in both sections, without the aid of any natural light. The final solution is a creative, colour-changing strip of RGB LED light that spirals the length of the 100m connecting tunnel and is programmed to change colour, throughout a pre-determined spectrum, every two minutes. A dramatic approach has been taken to the treatment rooms, spa waiting area and pool area. As the day progresses, the lighting is altered from vibrant and colourful, to warm and inviting to reflect the time of day and the variety of uses of each of the spaces.


Contact


Lighting designer: Skira Ltd, Croatia +385 (0)52 535 940 www.skira.hr Distributor: Lumenart, Croatia +385 (0)52 535 939 www.lumenart.net Lighting controls manufacturer: Lutron 0207 702 0657 www.lutron.com


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