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108 LIGHT + TECH


INNS WHISKY BAR, CHENGDU, CHINA


LIGHTING DESIGNWooton Designers


Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, has 7.8 million inhabitants and a lot of bars. In fact, the proliferation of new bars, hotels, restaurants and retail outlets combined with a burgeoning creative and cultural scene, prompted Architectural Digest to run an article a couple of years ago on why design lovers should go there. The competitive milieu demands powerful design concepts, of which Inns Whisky Bar is one of the latest. Winner of a Restaurant and Bar Design Award in 2020, its interior is almost an immersion in the product it is serving. The small (150m2 homage to whisky.


) space is an artistic


Wooton took its design and colour inspiration from the distilling process, shaping the amber-coloured walls and ceiling to suggest the inside of a copper still. The reflectivity of metallised surfaces can be a double-edged sword where lighting is concerned. Highly specular surfaces can cause glare and unwanted reflections, but here the deep burnished texture and copper colour are a gift, creating a warm, gleaming finish when the


From top The strange golden, specular wall surfaces are supplemented by subtle lighting; aesthetic references include the whisky distilling process itself; and the lighting is reminiscent of water patterns, bequeathing to its patrons a mystical glow


subtle lighting falls on it. Light fittings are discrete, small downlights for functional illumination, and strategically positioned miniature spotlights highlight the texture of the surfaces and create a varied light pattern. Simple black circular fittings provide penumbral light to the walls.


CHURCH OF BEATIFIED RESTITUTA, BRNO-LESNÁ, CZECH REPUBLIC


LIGHTING DESIGNAtelier Štěpán


Located unpromisingly in the heart of a housing estate of tall concrete apartment buildings, the new Catholic Church of Beatified Restituta is designed along simple lines using basic geometric shapes. Standing alongside an existing rectangular-shaped spiritual centre, the 31m-high tower is triangular and the church circular, referencing the symbol of heaven and eternity.


RINGIN’ STUDIO


BOYSPLAYNICE


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