Mandarin Oriental Hotel is located within the Mala Strana historic quarter
of bohemian Prague. The project consisted of the refurbishment of a
disused baroque style building, which started life as a monastery before
ending life as a print works for the local government.
lighting consultants we worked closely with the Interior Designer and
the National Heritage Authority (NPU) to ensure a design which, whilst
sympathetic to the architecture of the building, responded to the needs
of the hotel’s guests and operator.
NPU placed stringent requirements on the locations and appearance of
luminaires within the historic areas of the hotel, which resulted in
the bespoke design of three different luminaires.
Within the restaurant it was only permitted to
mount luminaires on the wall, a luminaire was therefore designed that
had three individually controllable light sources, providing a low level
wash of light to the floor, an uplight component revealing the structure
of the low vaulted ceiling whilst also providing ambient light to the
space and a decorative element for visual interest.
the Monastery Lounge and Ballroom, the solution was to create a luminaire
of stone appearance, concealing three different light sources all individually
controllable. Allowing a general ambient illumination to be achieved,
whilst revealing the columns and vault with a concealed up and downlight.
Luminaires were also concealed in the reconstructed column cornices
providing additional uplight to the vaulted ceiling. Within the Ballroom,
a number of chandeliers, constructed from local bohemian crystal, were
hung from the central point of each vault.
Scene setting of the lighting is utilised to lower energy usage and
to set the mood of each individual space appropriate to the time of
day or function. One area where the controls were especially important
was the bar whose focal point is a backlit glass bottle display. The
colour of the lighting has been carefully chosen to suit the mood and
time of day, varying from a bright invigorating sky blue in the morning
through to a deep saturated red for late night drinking.
Photography courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.