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Light Bureau Hotel Verta, London


After three years, Light Bureau’s creativity has finally been realised at the new Hotel Verta on the River Thames.


Light Bureau has completed three years of work at Hotel Verta, just launched on the River Thames at Battersea. The lighting throughout the hotel is deliberately designed to enhance the guest experience whilst remaining subordinate to the interior design. Something that has been achieved with much aplomb as associate designer Karolina Zielinska explains: ‘A chief design principle for the project is amalgamation of the light itself, which we consider is more important than the appearance of the luminaires, and so wherever possible they are integrated within the furniture details and architectural elements.’


The lighting has a minimal carbon footprint, exceeding current UK energy legislation (Part L). The concept combines daylight design and sensing, energy efficient artificial lighting and controls. Ease of maintenance is deliberately designed into the lighting scheme, and the Light Bureau team was at pains to minimise the quantity of lamp sources used across the hotel. Zielinska explains: ‘Incandescent sources are used with utmost care and minimised to as few locations as possible. Elsewhere we have used cold cathode, fluorescent and LED sources, all of which are long-life and low-energy, meaning long maintenance intervals.’ There are 70 guestrooms including six suites located on floors 2-5. One side of


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the guestroom corridor is dark and one side is light; this is reinforced by wall-mounted luminaires located next to entry doors. The downward light distribution highlights the room number and VDA card reader, creating a rhythm of light through the circulation space. Downlighting, cove lighting, ambient lighting from floor and table luminaires, lighting integrated within wardrobes, bathroom mirrors, wall lights, and so on, add multiple layers to the guestrooms. Each room has a custom designed control panel which can be used to call up different lighting scenes. Spa Verta, located below ground, has no daylight penetration so artificial lighting plays a key role. The main issue facing Light Bureau was how to handle the transition between the open, spacious upper levels of the hotel and the small, enclosed basement with lower ceilings and lack of daylight, to ensure this space doesn’t appear cramped. The lighting achieves this by creating a hierarchy of illuminance levels. This graduates the lighting intensity as a guest moves through the spa. The lighting is also dynamic, responding to the time of day and natural light levels. The hydrotherapy pool on Level 2 virtually glows with light; this is achieved through the stainless steel surface of the pool reflecting light from carefully positioned underwater spotlights.


Contact


Lighting design: Light Bureau 020 7498 6111 www.lightbureau.com


Lighting manufactuers: ACDC, Ansorg, Bega, Belux, Concord Marlin, EncapSulite, Erco, Fontana Arte Architectural (Modular), iGuzzini, KKDC (Lumino), Lucent Lighting, Luxo, Mike Stoane Lighting, Modular, Philip Payne, Prolicht, Remote Control Lighting, Ridi Lighting, Samuel Heath, Se’lux, Viabizzuno, Wever and Ducre, XAL


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