Hart Shoreditch Hotel London, Curio Collection by Hilton, UK

dpa lighting consultants had the pleasure of collaborating with Fabled Studio on the lighting design of Hart Shoreditch, London. Drawing inspiration from the area’s rich industrial history, Fabled Studio combined old-world charm and contemporary design to deliver a project filled with beautiful craftmanship, layers of texture and hand-worked copper accents. Guests are welcomed into the hotel with cool textured sandstone walls and soaring stone arches, which are contrasted by the warm statement decorative lighting. dpa worked closely with Fabled Studio in the selection of lamping within decorative elements to create a warm and inviting ambience, whilst minimal architectural lighting adds accents to feature trees, stone arches, and concealed integrated lighting to statement bookcases enveloping the guest elevators.

Leading through to the restaurant, past the statement wrought iron staircase and glowing pendants, the cool textures of the reception are replaced with rich oxblood leathers, exotic veneers and a statement soft oak ceiling, complemented with a continuation of warm decorative lighting. The soft oak ceiling is a reference to the furniture & cabinet makers of Great Eastern Street, with the intricate junctions of each oak beam celebrated with miniature spotlights to enhance the angular rhythmic expression of the ceiling.

Completing the guest areas are meeting rooms and a gym nestled in the lower ground floor of the hotel building. Providing maximum flexibility, Fabled Studio designed a mirror image meeting room which can be divided with sliding panelled timber screens to allow one room to become two. By utilising ceiling coves and bespoke joinery to integrate concealed lighting, dpa were able to add interest and focus to particular elements of the interior, with supplementary downlighting to provide functional light to the tables. Lighting control within the Meeting Rooms, provide the flexibility of controlling both rooms together and independently to provide different scenes depending on the occupancy. Within the gym, functional opal downlights are softened with integrated linear uplighting behind delicate diamond fretwork panels and statement batten wall lights.

Fabled Studio continued the clean and cool palette of colours with copper accents within the guestrooms, which led dpa to combine very warm white dimmable, 2400K downlights and linear lighting, integrated within bespoke joinery and to provide soft uplighting behind the headboard, to compliment the warm decorative lighting.

To reduce energy and maintenance costs a lighting control system was installed in the public areas to give the flexibility required for the lighting to adapt to suit the hotel’s needs throughout the day. The control system installed includes an astronomical time clock that automatically sets the lighting scenes to allow for a smooth transition between day and night and there are control plates within the Restaurant, Reception, and Meeting Rooms to allow for further control of the lighting should the staff wish to change the lighting scene, or raise/lower the light levels.

Hotel Operator: Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Interior Design: Fabled Studio
Photography: Courtesy of Hart Shoreditch Hotel London, Curio Collection by Hilton