W Muscat, Oman


dpa lighting were delighted to provide the lighting design consultancy on the new W Hotel Resort and Spa in Muscat, Oman. dpa worked with the client OMRAN, and the design team including local architect COWI, interior designers P49 Deesign in Bangkok and The Rockwell Group in Madrid, plus landscape designer LMS International Landscape Architecture in Dubai. The W Muscat is a very large beach front resort property with 280 guest rooms and suites, five very individual F&B outlets, Ballroom and meeting rooms, large spa and gym, roof top destination bar, and extensive landscaped gardens. The scope was for all FOH areas of the interior and exterior of the property. As with all W brand hotels there is a very high level of design and contemporary feature elements, and this required dpa to develop many custom integrated lighting elements and collaborate on many feature decorative luminaires. The concept combines local Omani heritage with high contemporary design. There is a strong use of colour and decoration and lighting played a crucial part on all areas of the project to emphasise and enhance the design concepts. Lighting controls played an important part also to build in subtle light dynamics and colour change where appropriate.

The guest rooms are stylish and restrained with relatively subtle feature elements and colour. The suites become more adventurous and this develops into the public areas for a visually exciting and, at each turn, surprising and stimulating  experience. The level of design consideration across the whole project is extremely high and dpa enjoyed the challenges of designing the lighting solutions to suit. Overall the project took seven years from concept to completion.

Client: OMRAN
Project Architect: COWI, Muscat, Oman
Interior Designers: P49 Deesign, Bangkok, and The Rockwell Group, Madrid, Spain
Landscape Architect: LMS International Landscape Architecture, Dubai, UAE
Photography: Courtesy of W Muscat, Oman