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HBA London/LDI Ritz-Carlton Spa, ICC


As the world’s highest hotel, the Ritz-Carlton occupies the uppermost 15 levels of the International Commerce Centre (ICC) – the tallest building in Hong Kong, and the fourth tallest building in the world. Located on the 116th and 118th floors, The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA capitalises on the sweeping panorama that can be viewed from the city’s highest vantage point. The close collaboration between interior designers HBA London and specialists Lighting Design International (LDI) on ESPA’s beautiful design truly conveys the project’s concept, which was one of being cocooned in the clouds. Having enjoyed a successful synergy on many projects in the past, HBA London was well versed in the types of luminosity LDI could achieve.


The brief was to use light as a tool to


create an escape from the metropolis, to evoke feelings of reassurance within the confines of the building’s towering structure, and drawing out the subtle finishes selected for their association with a silkworm’s finely woven chrysalis. In the main reception, the team partnered with artist Eva Menz to create a floating installation, cleverly crafted from strands of porcelain “butterfly cocoons” suspended from the ceiling. LDI specified that small LED lights be meticulously concealed within the centres of intermittently positioned cocoons, and precisely angled through each one’s narrow aperture, so that the illumination is layered and viewers do not experience a glare since the source is hidden. Delicately integrated into the strands, the cabling becomes part of the artistry. Above the sculpture, low-voltage downlights create dramatic effects by casting shadows and rays onto its timber mounting plate and the adjacent walls. In the fitness reception area, uplights draw the eye towards the contrasting textures of the entwined gilded “ribbons” that form the


56 feature wall.


Within the heart of the spa, recessed slots in the ceilings mirror the organically curved lines of the corridors. Linear LEDs have been inserted to create a gentle wash of diffused light down the smooth walls; for irregular surfaces such as those with finely textured horsehair, downlights have been installed to accentuate the details. This same technique has been adopted in the treatment rooms above the floor-to-ceiling vertical window blinds. The niche allows for two functions – the focus of beams onto the blinds’ twisted metal slats so that glints of light are scatted throughout the space, and hiding the lamp source so that guests do not see a glare during their treatments. Low-voltage strip lights cast a warm, relaxing glow, which can be dimmed during therapy sessions. Overall, the lighting makes the already beautiful space into a truly sensuous one.


Contact


HBA London T: 0207 313 3200 W: www.hbadesign.com


Lighting Design International T: 020 8600 5777 W: www.lightingdesigninternational.com


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