Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

dpa were delighted to be part of the design team for the refurbishment and renovation of the guestroom and suites for Mandarin at the luxurious Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi.

Working closely with the Emirates Palace, Mandarin Oriental and the interior designers Champalimaud, we were tasked with modernising the  lighting with latest in LED technology and controls to help promote the elegance and spaciousness of the rooms and suites. All the spaces are carefully balanced in illumination to give the guest a relaxed experience and also flexibility to adapt to different times of the day and evening.

Client: Emirates Palace Company
Operator: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Lead Consultant: KEO International
Interior Designer: Champalimaud
Photography: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group




SIRO Hotel at Boka Place, Porto Montenegro

We are thrilled to announce our involvement in the first SIRO hotel located in Boka Place, Porto Montenegro.

The brand new hospitality brand from Kerzner, SIRO (Strength, Inclusive, Reflection and Original), will offer a wellbeing experience for guests and residents alike, with a 96 key hotel sitting alongside 144 managed residences.  We have been working closely with Atellior on the interior areas, Holder Mathias Architects and Arhi.pro on the external architecture and Gillespies on the landscape design for this exciting development, due for completion at the end of 2023.
Operator: SIRO Hotels (Kerzner International Limited)
Project Name: Boka Place
Client: Adriatic Marinas d.o.o. / Porto Montenegro
Interior Design: Atellior
Architecture: Holder Mathias Architects and Arhi.pro
Landscape Design: Gillespies
Visuals: Courtesy of Adriatic Marinas d.o.o. / Porto Montenegro

The OWO, London, UK

We have pleasure sharing the visual below of the magnificent Old War Office building on Whitehall, as well as a film produced by groundworks contractor Toureen. Both demonstrate the impressive scale and intricate detail of this Grade II* listed building which is being repurposed as a flagship 120-bedroom Raffles Hotel along with 85 Branded Residences, 11 Restaurants and Bars, and other extensive amenities launching as The OWO this winter.

We have been working alongside our client Westminster Development Services, architects EPR, interior designers The Office of Thierry Despont from New York (appointed for the hotel design), and London-based Goddard Littlefair for the hotel spa. Interior designers 1508 London designed the interiors for the residential public areas and the interior base finish for the residences. In addition, we have worked with Aecom, who were responsible for the building services. The Main Contractor is Ardmore and Toureen as specialist contractor.

The final images show the recently finished lighting trials that dpa completed during the design period. These tested the exterior lighting design ideas and techniques over several nights, with the help of abseilers, to fine-tune the lighting locations with the guidance of dpa’s design team. We are very much looking forward to realising the entire lit façade when the project completes this winter.

Client: Westminster Development Services
Architect: EPR
Interior Designers: The Office of Thierry Despont; Goddard Littlefair; 1508 London
Building Services: Aecom
Main Contractors: Ardmore
Specialist Contractor: Toureen
CGI: Commissioned by WDS
Video: Courtesy of Toureen

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, Ilma

dpa lighting consultants are currently developing the lighting design for Ilma, the newly announced  superyacht by The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.  The newbuild, which will set sail in 2024, forms part of an expansion of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection with their first vessel, Evrima, set to launch this summer and Luminara to follow in 2025.  The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will take the exceptional guest service and design excellence, that The Ritz-Carlton is known for, to the seas, featuring multiple restaurants and bars, a marina terrace and mezzanine, Ritz-Carlton Spa, Ritz Kids space, and an expanded bow.

As with all projects, close collaboration is paramount and the strength of our relationships with The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, AD Associates and Chantiers de l’Atlantique are proving immensely important in this very exciting venture.

One of the main challenges for the team is to provide innovative solutions at the design stage, knowing that the launch of the ship is years ahead, in a competitive market. Therefore, we strive to provide original lighting ideas and detailing, in close coordination with AD Associates, that will help define The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection as a leader in superyacht design and the luxury cruising sector.

Minimising energy use and impact on the environment is a high priority for all clients, particularly in the cruise industry.  As well as designing efficiency into the lighting scheme through the use of low energy light sources, an architectural lighting control system will be used throughout the public areas.  The lighting scene setting will be programmed to ensure each of the spaces onboard Ilma appear at their most elegant day and night.  Time clock controlled lighting adjustments linked to the ship’s clock will provide imperceptible changes to the scenes throughout the day and into the evening, ensuring energy use is minimised autonomously.  Further, all 228 suites will feature a pre-programmed lighting control system, linked with other room services, to deliver an intuitive and comfortable guest experience at all times of day.

Client: The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection 
Interior Architect: AD Associates
Shipyard: Chantiers de l’Atlantique
Exterior Renderings: Aivan

Cunard Queen Anne

dpa are proud to be the lighting consultants for Cunard Line’s new ship, Queen Anne. Setting sail in early 2024, she will feature much-loved signature spaces and new experiences that showcase classic Cunard style and exciting new design directions.

Working with Carnival UK and world-renowned designers David Collins Studio, Richmond International and Sybille de Margerie under the creative direction of Adam D. Tihany, we have developed intimate working relationships that has led to an extremely rewarding design process.  Throughout, we have all been firmly focussed on providing designs that are befitting of the Cunard brand and of a ship that will set the bar for luxury ocean travel in 2024.

A key aspect of the lighting design is to minimise energy use and, with low energy, (all LED lighting now commonplace) we must find further ways to ensure the lighting is as efficient as possible. This will be achieved through the use of high efficacy light sources in discreet equipment, and architectural detailing that offer both aesthetic and functional benefits. This will be combined with the use of a sophisticated lighting control system in the public areas, allowing pre-set lighting scenes to be programmed.  In some spaces the lighting scene selection will be linked to the ship’s clock to allow for automated operation ensuring these spaces are presented impeccably, with appropriate light levels to suit the time of day and activity, whilst reducing energy expenditure.

Client: Carnival UK
Interior Designers: David Collins Studio, Richmond International, Sybille de Margerie, Adam D. Tihany
Shipyard: Fincantieri
Visualisations: The Bull Agency

Hilton Cologne, Germany

The Hilton Hotel in the heart of Cologne City has undergone a dramatic and creative renovation to its reception lobby and ground floor areas with the addition of the Pigeon Post Bar & Eatery. General Manager, Martin Soerensen played a significant role in driving the project from site during the recent difficult times along with Project Managers Chandler KBS and Hilton Interior Design team.
The new spaces are connected as a culinary social hub as open and semi-open spaces visually connecting with each other.
The interiors of the restored heritage building have been designed by the creative London based Interior designers THDP. The site was once home to Cologne’s postal savings bank, so a sophisticated and slick vintage design ethos was created by THDP, with a contemporary interior featuring interesting and quirky design elements moulded into the fabric of the spaces.

The reception and feature bar are at the heart of each space and provided excellent opportunity for interesting lighting integrated to enhance the interior elements and surrounding space. Decorative lighting elements help further to provide accent and interest throughout.

Finally, and importantly, an architectural lighting control system was used to provide the various important transitions to the mood and ambience of the spaces creating bright and inviting spaces during the day and moody, cosy spaces at night.

Client/Operator: Hilton International
Interior Designer: THDP
Project Manager: Chandler KBS
Photographer: Stefan Bunkofer

Fairmont Taghazout Bay, Morocco

The Fairmont Taghazout Bay is a coastal luxury five-star resort that sits within the beautiful Taghazout Bay. Its breath-taking views and beautiful gardens link the various hotel and F&B elements with an adjoining Fairmont operated villa complex within the overall site.

The stunning, simple and contemporary Moroccan architecture designed by Abdessamad Achrai (Local Architect) and HKS (Concept/Masterplan) and the soft and captivating landscape, designed by Scape Design are complimented by lighting providing both enhancement and theatre to the overall site as well as a practical approach to guest orientation with key features and elements illuminated at night. The elegant interiors designed by Wimberly Interiors connect beautifully with the outside scene, dovetailing with terraces and other spaces to reinforce the seamless inside-outside aspect of the spaces.

The lighting approach was to use a minimal palette of lighting elements in key spaces to enhance the interior material palette throughout. Key elements such as interesting Objet d’art, stunning large artworks and feature food displays and bars throughout were carefully integrated with lighting to showcase each of the spaces both inside and out.

Operator: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts 
Client: AKWA Group 
Interior Designer:
Wimberly Interiors
Landscape Design: Scape Design
Architect: Abdessamad Achrai (Local Architect) HKS (Concept/Masterplan)
Photography: Courtesy of Fairmont Tagazhout and Scape Design

Mullingar Park Hotel, Ireland

We were very fortunate to work with the Client and Operator, Josephine Hughes at the Mullingar Park Hotel in County Westmeath in Ireland along with Interior Designer Angela Amesbury. Together, they have created a beautiful destination hotel where dpa have been engaged in a number of areas of the hotel redevelopment.  

The reception and lobby is the newest area to receive a transformation and is now the focus and first impression from a guest perspective of the luxurious interior space complimented by dpa’s lighting design.

The hotel is adorned throughout with stunning flower displays with the central display to the lobby being a particularly important focus and feature. New lighting was integrated within the large crystal chandelier to both accent the floral display table but also provide sparkle to the fixture itself.

Additional highlights to the interior include lighting integrated into the various interior architectural details within the ceiling and walls to enhance and expose the materials with soft washes of linear LED lighting.  This is complimented with punches of accent light to individual details, features, and art pieces. Carefully selected picture lights also help to provide further focus to the decorative collections around the perimeter.

Finally, and important for the transition of the main entrance to all facilities, an architectural lighting control system was used to provide the appropriate mood and ambience of the spaces creating bright and inviting spaces during the day and more moody, cosy spaces within the open areas at night.

Client/Operator: Mullingar Park Hotel
Interior Design: Angela Amesbury
Photography: Noel McIntyre – Motion Picture Media

The Beaumont, London, UK

dpa lighting consultants were delighted to be commissioned by The Beaumont owners to work with the design team on the refurbishment of this very important London hotel. Working closely with The Office of Thierry W Despont, the interior designers, Reardon Smith Architects and Project Managers Gardiner & Theobald, dpa developed appropriately sensitive lighting solutions to the various key public areas and new guestrooms/suites. Inspired by the great hotels of the 1920’s and in an Art Deco building located in the heart of Mayfair and the West End but secluded in a quiet garden square, the property maintains the elegance one would expect of a luxury five-star London hotel.

The architectural lighting is carefully integrated into the building fabric whilst splendid decorative fixtures reinforce the design style and character of the property. Each element is separately controlled and linked to a scene set dimming system changing throughout the day and night to provide the perfect atmosphere at all times. The decorative lighting uses appropriate LED lamps as does the architectural elements to provide an energy efficient scheme. Where practical the existing control system was used and adapted to accommodate the new requirements. The Colony Grill with its artificial roof light has the feeling of day time and then changes to a soft warm glow as night falls. The adjacent Gatsby’s Room adorned with books and dramatic art provides a wonderful space to relax or enjoy light food and drinks. The signature Le Magritte Bar & Terrace further reinforces the Art Deco language with an impressive bar and artwork.

Interior Design: The Office of Thierry W Despont
Architect: Reardon Smith Architects
M&E Consultant: Hurley Palmer Flatt Group
Project Managers: G&T (Gardiner & Theobald)
AV Consultant: LMS AV
Photography: ZAC and ZAC; Helen Cathcart

Address Sky View, Dubai, UAE

The Address Sky View in the heart of Downtown Dubai is the latest luxury hotel and residences development to open for Emaar. Two elegant towers are linked at the summit by an architecturally striking sky bridge to offer its guests unparalleled views of Dubai’s city skyline. The interior spaces are generous and modern with emphasis placed on comfort and elegance. dpa lighting consultants were proud to work with Emaar and HBA to help realise an appropriate and sympathetic lighting solution for all for the public spaces, guestrooms and residences.

The lighting design took the direction at the conceptual stage to be unobtrusive and integrated as much as possible, whilst enhancing the focal points of interest for each of the large public spaces. The lighting scheme had to balance the abundance of natural daylight during the day, and respond in the later hours to create a warm and welcoming destination. The guestrooms and corridors interior are treated respectfully with light and employs the use of smart lighting control to follow through the experience of luxury.

Owner: Emaar Properties
Operator: Address Hotels + Resorts
Project Manager: Turner Construction
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill / Norr Group
Interior Designer: Hirsch Bedner Associates
Photography: Courtesy of the Address Hotel and Ales Vyslouzil


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

The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan, China

Situated on West Beijing Road in the heart of the Jingan District, Shanghai’s cultural and business centre, the 68 floor, 491 styled guest room St. Regis Shanghai Jingan hotel offers guests stunning views across the city and ease of access to explore Shanghai’s storied past and energetic present.

The hotel’s elegant interiors in combination with the integrated lighting layers, create a harmonious ambience by combining traditional English and Chinese palatial styles with elements of Chinese art and culture, such as calligraphy and handcrafted gold foil paintings. Five glass sculptures by world renowned glass sculptor Dale Chihuly are featured in the hotel’s public space, together with the signature chandeliers of the Great Hall and Drawing Room.

dpa were tasked with developing the front of house lighting design concept and detailing this for the local project team to then implement.  The areas include the atmospheric ground floor St. Regis Bar, Champagne Bar decorated with the St. Regis mural of Chinese landscape painting inspired by artist Zhao Bo-Ju from Song Dynasty, the Yan Ting Chinese Restaurant with it’s private dining rooms and Seki-Tei Japanese Restaurant with feature live cooking station.  The public spaces are a blend of clean crisp architectural lighting components and decorative lighting pieces, which typify the interior lighting scheme.

Hotel Operator: Marriott International – The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan, China
Photography: Courtesy of The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan, China 



Jumby Bay, The Estate House, Antigua

Reachable only by boat, and with no cars in sight, Jumby Bay Island is a world unto itself. Set within 300 acres of lush palm trees, white powdered beaches and surrounded by turquoise blue oceans Jumby Bay is an extensive resort set on a private island located off the coast of Antiqua. Named after the Antiguan word ‘jumbee’, meaning playful spirit, this island retreat is the embodiment of rarefied yet relaxed luxury.

dpa worked alongside Interior Designers Dennis Irvine Studio in the redesign of The Estate House and key F&B Outlets. Dennis Irvine Studio have acknowledged the island’s history, location, and spirit through the thoughtful use of materials, colour, furnishings and local artwork. The character of the spaces has been carefully considered with the decorative lighting making a key statement and aiding to the ambience both during daytime and at night.

Interior Design: Dennis Irvine Studio

Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, Champillon, Epernay, France

The newly-refurbished Michelin starred Royal Champagne Hotel overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage listed vineyards of France’s Champagne region, is a former post-house where French kings would stop along their way to coronations in Reims.  The Condé Nast Traveller Top Resort in Europe 2020 winner, comprises a modernist wing and a restored 19th-century Coach Inn and has a refined, fresh, elegant and restorative personality, with interiors by celebrated designer Sybille de Margerie.

dpa worked closely with the French landscape architect’s AC&T Paysages & Territoires to develop an exterior landscape lighting strategy to compliment the modern Parisian styled landscape, with linear planting set within sinuous planting beds.  The lighting design was knitted into the fabric of the exterior and included a slender timber post with integrated downlight, to provide rhythm and articulation to the circulation.

Owner: Provital
Architects: PACE
Landscape Architect:  AC&T Paysages & Territoires
Interior Design: Sybille de Margerie
Project Manager:  Ramsey Krause Ltd / MACE
Photography:  Courtesy of Royal Champagne

Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, Saint Barthélemy

Set on a stunning crescent bay, Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa is recognized as the No. 1 Resort in the Caribbean and among the Top 15 Best Resorts in the World by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller.  Saint Barthelemy also tops the list as the Best Island in the Caribbean & Atlantic region, so recognized as one of the best islands in the entire world.  The hotel has a refined, fresh, elegant and restorative personality, with interiors by celebrated designer Sybille de Margerie and cuisine by chef William Girard.  The hotel embraces its chic Parisian characteristics while entertaining a relaxed atmosphere within its luxurious setting of white sandy beaches, devoted to rest, pleasure and relaxation.

The lighting design strives to continue the daytime experience with a personalised scheme, complementing the varying architectural and landscape natural materials, whilst being neatly integrated into the fabric of the design. The end result reveals a soft and atmospheric experience with a palette of well-crafted lighting components, completely synchronised with the context of the surroundings.

Owner: Champagne Hospitality
Interior Design: Sybille de Margerie
Electrical Consultant: E.R.T.E.C
Project Manager: Alain Gerard
Photography: Courtesy of Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa

Maslina Resort, Hvar, Croatia

The Maslina Resort overlooks the crystalline Adriatic Sea and is one of only a few 5-star hotels in Hvar, a popular island within the Central Dalmatian Archipelago.  The hotel blends seamlessly in to its lush pine forest environment and is of a laid-back Mediterranean architectural and landscape language with contemporary French influences, made of noble and natural materials such as the stones of nearby Brač, terra cotta and timber.  The project has responded with a synergy and respect for this exceptional location in the magnificent bay of Maslinica, close to the richly historic Stari Grad.

The exterior lighting reinforces the character and personality of this resort, with a carefully crafted palette of lighting effects that serve to compliment the linear design forms and materiality.  This is achieved through the placement of neatly integrated and unobtrusive lighting effects, with a lit intensity balanced with the contextual surroundings, buildings and terraced landscape.  To the guest, a feeling of intimacy, atmosphere and high-end luxury is experienced through which the lighting plays an important role.

Developer: Paradox Group
Architect: AALTO
Landscape Architect: AC&T Paysages & Territoires
Interior Design: Léonie Alma Mason
Photography: Courtesy of the Maslina Resort


The Waldorf Hilton, London, UK

dpa lighting consultants were delighted to have attended a final commissioning visit for the external façade lighting of the iconic Waldorf Hilton Hotel in Aldwych. Working alongside Robert Brown Architects, dpa were appointed to complement a complete façade renovation project and breathe new life into the fabulous Edwardian architecture. Built in the 1800’s, and now sitting amongst London’s vibrant theatre district, the Waldorf Hilton has been rejuvenated, taking its rightful place amongst the adjacent players in the night-time landscape. Using the latest in LED lighting equipment, dpa composed a hierarchy of light which emphasises the scale and ornamentation of the façade. The overall lit effect has been carefully curated to sympathetically highlight the façade’s main features and reveal it’s character, using the minimum power.

The upper crowns of the building have been addressed, and gently emphasised using Linear LED set in a discreet detail. The decorative urns, cherubs, window reveals and columns at high level have all been sensitively illuminated with projectors demonstrating excellent optical control to ensure a minimum of light pollution. At the mid-level, the grand central columns have been illuminated on both sides with LED projectors, creating a colonnade of light. The projected, square columns on either end of the façade have been front lit, in contrast to the adjacent colonnade, giving subtle animation and character to the overall appearance. At the low level, very warm white colour temperatures have been used within the decorative lanterns and entrance canopies, to create a welcoming atmosphere for arriving guests, mimicking the gas lighting lanterns that would have originally adorned the façade. The lower area of the façade utilises dimming technology to balance the external lighting with the interiors, allowing the lighting of the inside and the outside to connect and complement each other.

The renovation has allowed the real beauty of the historic façade construction to sing, whilst reducing the ongoing energy consumption and maintenance requirement for the client.

Hotel Operator: Hilton Hotel Group
Architect: Robert Brown Associates
Electrical Contractors: RP Bray
Main Contractor: Stone Edge Construction
Photography: Courtesy of Robert Brown Associates


JW Marriott Hotel Nara, Japan

dpa lighting consultants were delighted to be asked to work in collaboration with GA Design, Marriott Hotels and Mori Trust on the first international luxury hotel in Nara, Japan. The new JW Marriott is located a short distance from the Nara Park and ancient temples which provided inspiration for the project. The simplicity of heavy timber beams and stone from the temples and local homes have been reinterpreted by Joanna Biggs, lead Interior Designer for this hotel together with references to the local landscape and culture.

The guests receive a warm welcome with the feeling of a luxury residential home due to the natural interior finishes and warm coloured lamps. The connection with nature is immediate in the lobby such as the panoramic view of mountains surrounding Nara, drawn on the wall behind the reception. The lighting is irradiating to this artwork by colour temperature changing lamps which are programmed to synchronize with the daylight outside.

Client: Mori Trust
Hotel Operator: Marriott Hotels and Resorts
Interior Designer: GA Design





The Ritz-Carlton, Pune, India

The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Pune is the latest addition to the prestigious Ritz-Carlton hotel chain. The strong, modern and minimalistic external architecture, characterised by clean lines, glazed facades, and the unadorned, monumental entrance creates a unique contrast with the more decorative, classic, and soft interiors. The interior style is a modern, chic and luxurious re-interpretation of the traditional Indian architectural and decorative themes. dpa lighting consultants were delighted to work with Panchshil Realty, Madhav Joshi and Associates, and Bangkok based interior architects PIA to develop sympathetic and appropriate lighting solutions for both interior and exterior environments.

The lighting approach for the external illumination of the hotel follows this stylistic oxymoron. A very modern graphic line of light on the façade emphasises the clean style of the architecture. A unique line of light, starting from the Ritz-Carlton Logo, wraps around the building almost embracing it, and visually leads the guests towards the port cochere’s triple height entrance. The main lobby features two enormous oversized chandeliers that glow in their glory and create a subtle and elegant sparkle visible from a distance when approaching the hotel. The main all day dining restaurant features four different restaurants : Asian, Italian, French patisserie and Indian. Each restaurant area within this large and voluminous space has individual lighting, which both accentuates the features of each space and visually guides the guests in their journey through this culinary experience. Ukiyo restaurant, on the first floor, is the first Japanese restaurant in Pune, and is dramatically lit in order to enhance the texture of materials and create a rhythm of light and shadow. The hotel also features a magnificent spa, two monumental ballrooms, meeting rooms, and on the top floor executive and private lounges and a rooftop bar. The guestroom lighting treatments contribute to creating a calm and welcoming environment for a classic and timeless luxury experience.

Owner: Panchshil Realty, Pune, India
Operator: The Ritz-Carlton
Project Manager:  Panchshil Realty, Pune, India
Architect / Landscape Architect: Madhav Joshi and Associates, Pune, India
Interior Designer for the Public Areas: PIA Interior, Bangkok, Thailand
M&E Consultant: Panchshil Realty, Pune, India
Photography: Courtesy of The Ritz Carlton Hotel and Panchshil Realty


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