Hyatt Regency, JohannesburgHotels
The Hyatt Regency Johannesburg underwent a major refurbishment in 2013. Nick Human of LLP Interior Design Studio in Johannesburg, and old friend of dpa’s asked us to help him with the lighting of this very important hotel. The scope of work included the external lighting to the front of the building and canopy, the Lobby, Lobby Lounge, oneNINEone Restaurant, The Terrance – Cigar and Wine Courtyard, various function rooms and the main Ballroom, together with the public circulation, so a major project.
The Lobby space has new feature chandeliers and a number of architectural lighting components to show off the refreshed spaces and materials, providing a dramatic introduction to the Hotel. The Lobby Lounge is an open connection between the Lobby and the external Courtyard beyond. There is a series of low level decorative lights, striking edge lit glass panels, a dramatically lit wine wall and architectural lighting components to highlight features, tables etc. as appropriate. The space enjoys excellent daylight when available and becomes an more intimate place to relax at night. The Garden Courtyard is a haven within the city. The planting and trees are exposed with light grazing across trunks into the canopy, underwater lighting, festoon lights, gently lit paths and careful consideration to every component within the space.
The oneNINEone Restaurant with the new communal table and hanging pendant feature is also well day-lit with a strong visual connection to the Garden. The lighting provides drama on the table and exposes the brick walls, artwork, and other displays throughout the space. Freestanding floor lamps have been introduced to provide a human scale more intimate element and a dimming control system ensures the most appropriate atmosphere day and night. The Show Kitchen as always in such eateries is the stage with the activity of the chefs the theatre, various lighting components enforce this.
The various Ballrooms have been redesigned with new decorative lighting features in some, a floating raft and new lit display table in another, combined with recessed architectural lighting to highlight tables and fabrics. Again, all the lighting is controlled with a scene set dimming system for ease of use and to activate the most appropriate lighting for the particular event and time of day.