The Hotel du Rhône is located on the banks
of the River Rhône in the centre of Geneva.
Originally designed by the noted Swiss architect
Marc-Joseph Saugey, the hotel's ground floor public spaces underwent
a major refurbishment in 2007/08, shortly after the hotel was acquired
by the Mandarin Oriental Group.
lighting design were responsible for the lighting within the public
spaces, including the entrance lobby, reception, lounge bar and two
restaurants; "Le Sud" an all day brasserie with a menu by
the French chef Paul Bocuse and "Rasoi" an Indian Restaurant
run by acclaimed Indian chef Vineet Bhatia
worked closely with the interior designer, Tihany Design, to create
different identities for each of areas whilst maintaining visual cohesion
between the discrete spaces. Where possible luminaires were concealed
from direct view, allowing the rich materials and finishes specified
by the interior designer to be revealed, whilst minimising the potential
visual distraction from the lighting equipment itself.
A particular challenge of this project was meeting
the strict energy usage requirements laid out by the local government.
This was achieved through the careful selection of appropriate luminaires
and high efficacy light sources and the use of a micro-processor based
lighting control system. The control system allowed the mood of each
individual area to be determined according to the uses of the space
and the time of day.
courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.