MSC World Europa

Swiss-​based MSC Cruises’ newest venture, delivered in October 2022, comes in the form of this striking 333 metre long, 205,700 gross tonnage, futuristic mega-ship named MSC World Europa. The vessel accommodates up to 6,762 passengers and 2,138 crew over 22 decks and was constructed at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. This eco-friendly and efficient ship is powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the cleanest fossil fuel, and connects to shore power, recycles water and dampens propeller noise to avoid upsetting marine life. The ship is the first of the World Class series and features state-of-the-art technology with MSC stating the vessel is designed for the future of cruising, the fusion of technology, sustainability and revolutionary onboard experiences.

Made up of 58 mega blocks, this ship is an incredible feat of engineering, featuring a ‘wave’ longitudinal profile springing from the arrow-shaped G-bow and a Y-shaped architectural stern with panoramic views, which leads to the 104-metre-long external promenade, showcasing the record-breaking 11-deck high stainless-steel sinuous dry slide, the longest at sea. This creates a spectacular centrepiece in the evening when the ‘illuminated trees’, a stunning configuration of homogenous LED lines which clad the structural steel, introduce an energetic and dynamic component to the drama of this vast outdoor space. This connects to the internal promenade ‘World Galleria’, which is lined with a mix of restaurants, bars, lounges, entertainment, shops and boutiques. This 3-deck high volume is partially covered by an LED screen ceiling on which are projected UHD images and videos throughout the day and night.

The ship allows for completely distinct zones for different themes, moods and experiences. dpa worked in close collaboration with MSC and the extensive architectural and entertainment team across the plethora of venues, which includes 33 restaurants, speciality restaurants, bars and lounges, to sculpt a vibrant cosmopolitan environment for the varied guest experience. The fully integrated and neatly detailed front of house lighting installation was comprised completely of low energy LED light sources and connected back to an architectural lighting control dimming system. The system is used to achieve the correct balance of lighting layers and intensity according to the activity and time of day, which dpa orchestrated during an extensive setting up period in the weeks prior to final delivery. This included the aiming of all adjustable light fixtures on to tables, seating, furniture, artwork, product and so on; a monumental task that provided a high level of fine tuning and maximised the final lit result.

A selection of these venues are featured here for your enjoyment, including the External Promenade, Indoor Promenade ‘World Galleria’, Mixology, Teppanyaki, Masters of the Sea Pub (which has its own microbrewery, with the special copper vats installed as a showpiece), Panorama Lounge, Luna Park Arena, Sportsplex with its bumper cars and World Theatre.

MSC Cruises
Builder: Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire, France
External Profile of Ship: Martin Francis of Francis Design
Architects/Design Team: De Jorio Design International, AD Associates, SMC Design, YSA Design, Tillberg Design of Sweden, Studio Daz
Photography: Courtesy MSC Cruises, Photographer: Ivan Sarfatti

P&O Cruises, P&O Arvia

dpa lighting consultants were immensely proud to be working on P&O Cruises newest ship Arvia, the sister ship to Iona, constructed in the Meyer Werft shipyard, Germany. dpa were working for P&O Cruises in association with Jestico + Whiles, Partner Ship Design and Richmond International, designers of the front of house guest areas for this new 184,700 tonnes ship.

Like Iona, Arvia is powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), therefore significantly reducing carbon emissions.  At 345 metres long, Arvia has an operating capacity of 5,200 guests and 1,800 crew, designed to capture unprecedented panoramic views across the ever-changing seascape, at every available opportunity. She is the first ship of her kind to feature a Sky Dome with retractable roof, spanning a vast performance and recreation area at the top of the ship. Altogether, Arvia is the epitome of a sunshine resort sailing year-round to the warmest climates.

Fleet favourites such as Epicurean, Sindhu and The Glass House and Iona icons including The Keel & Cow and The Olive Grove star alongside new dining, retail and interior concepts, including the Grand Atrium which again touches port and starboard in cross section, with window structures that allow an abundance of natural light ingress and views to memorable sunrises and sunsets.  The central staircase area has been remodelled to house a magnificent contemporary chandelier with dynamic lighting effects to coincide with aerialist ‘show’ performances.  The house lighting control is articulated to respond to the time of day and activity, ranging from energetic atmospheres to more refined, personalised and relaxed ambiances.


Client: P&O Cruises
Builder: Meyer Werft Shipyard, Papenburg, Germany 
External Profile of Ship:
Martin Francis of Francis Design
Architects/Design Team: Jestico + Whiles, Partner Ship Design and Richmond International
Visualisations: Courtesy of P&O Cruises


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
Videography: Baya Dynamics


Cunard Queen Anne

dpa are proud to be the lighting designers for Cunard Line’s new ship, Queen Anne, which was delivered and set sail in May 2024.  She features 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, dpa have developed intimate working relationships that have led to an extremely rewarding design process within a team driven ethos.  Throughout, we have all been firmly focussed on providing designs that are befitting of the Cunard brand and of a vessel that sets 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 is achieved by employing high efficacy light sources in discreet equipment, and architectural detailing that offers both aesthetic and functional benefits. This is combined with the use of a sophisticated lighting control system in the public areas, allowing pre-set lighting scenes to be programmed.  In numerous spaces, the lighting scene selection is 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, while reducing energy expenditure.

Client: Carnival UK
Interior Designers: David Collins Studio, Richmond International, Sybille de Margerie, Adam D. Tihany
Shipyard: Fincantieri, Italy
Photography: Courtesy of Carnival UK

P&O Cruises, P&O Iona

dpa lighting consultants are proud and privileged to have worked for P&O Cruises in association with Martin Francis of Francis Design, Jestico + Whiles, Partner Ship Design and Richmond International, to design the front of house and cabin lighting for this new 180,000 ton vessel, Britain’s most environmentally conscious cruise liner being powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), a clean burning fossil fuel that addresses new maritime rules on harmful emissions.  Cruise ships of this scale are incredible feats of engineering and at 344 metres long, IONA is also Britain’s largest with a normal operating capacity of 5,200 guests and 1,800 crew, designed to capture unprecedented panoramic views across the ever-changing seascape, at every available opportunity.

Through close collaboration with the client and design team, the exterior and interior architectural lighting design has been developed and harmoniously integrated within the plethora of passenger spaces, to enhance the quality of the guest experience.  The lighting control is articulated to respond to the time of day and activity, ranging from energetic atmospheres to more refined and personalised ambiances.

The Grand Atrium is the centrepiece of the ship and spans port and starboard in cross section allowing a unique passenger connection to the sea through the vast glazed elevations, which provide an abundance of natural light ingress and views to memorable sunrises and sunsets.  In the evening, the window structures are lit and synchronised with musical and aerialist ‘show’ performances in spectacular fashion.  The atrium’s elegant sinuous silver staircase is sculptural and effortlessly links together the themed food and beverage spaces that connect to it.  Above the elegant staircase, a backlit ceiling feature presents a dramatic capping to the atrium, with the illusion of the ‘sky’ hovering above.  The monumental glazed roof structure of the SkyDome is breathtaking and is the lid to a vast performance and recreation area at the top of the ship.


Client: P&O Cruises
External Profile of Ship: Martin Francis of Francis Design
Architects/Design Team:
Jestico + Whiles, Partner Ship Design and Richmond International
Photography: Courtesy of P&O Cruises and Jestico + Whiles

The Langley, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Buckinghamshire, UK

The Langley is a grand country manor hotel sitting in a former royal hunting ground and with landscaping originally designed by England’s greatest gardener, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.  Located in the Langley Park estate, a 40-minute drive from the capital, the hotel comprises two buildings – a historic mansion once the former estate of the Duke of Marlborough, and a Grade II-listed 18th century building formerly used as a stables and brew house. The hotel’s boutique selection of 41 exquisite rooms and suites are designed by Dennis Irvine Studio with the height of sophistication and refinement in mind.

dpa were commissioned to design the lighting for all public front of house and guest areas as well as all external lighting to both the buildings and landscaping. Closely working alongside the interior designers Dennis Irvine Studio, architects Gibberd, and landscape designers Colvin and Moggridge to achieve a comprehensive and coherent scheme when moving throughout the property.

The Langley Spa, a state of the art subterranean 2,500sqm world-class wellness centre features an indoor pool, thermal areas, hammams, relaxation lounges and five expansive treatment rooms. A specially designed fitness suite by leading personal trainer and author, Matt Roberts with technologically advanced systems and equipment.

As a brand new facility, the spa did not have the same heritage listing restrictions as the other areas of the property do, and as such a considered approach creates a calming environment that pays homage to the adjacent Palladian mansion with a contemporary twist. As a subterranean space, the artificial lighting is more crucial than ever in creating a suitable environment. The use of concealed light sources, warm colour temperatures and a sophisticated lighting control system ensures the guest experience is second to none.

Owner: City and Country Hotels
Operator: Marriott Luxury Collection
Project Manager: BTP Group
Architect: Gibberd
Interior Designer: Dennis Irvine Studio
Landscape Consultants: Colvin and Moggridge
Photography: James Balston Photography

Maison Lutétia Dubai, UAE

Located in Dubai Festival City, Maison Lutétia Dubai has opened their beauty clinic offering a variety of non-invasive treatments for skin and hair.

dpa worked closely with KKD to develop the lighting concept for both the landscape and the clinic interiors.

A sense of opulence is inherent within the design. The narrative suggests calm elegance and the use of high specification materials, wood leather and natural stone, all lend themselves well to this aesthetic. Lutétia has a private underground car park, so privacy and discretion were always paramount within the design.

The use of concealed illumination whenever possible helps to define the high level of detail given to each area.

Lighting to the waiting areas for both male and female lends an air of calm within the dynamic DFC environment. Corridor spaces contain concealed and integrated lighting within grey leather clad walls.

Treatment and waiting/consultation rooms exist side by side and differ in character, an incredible challenge for lighting within such defined spaces.

Le Barbier & Le Salon offer unparalleled levels of luxury and service within the personal grooming market. Individual stations with integrated lighting to mirrors helps to main the high levels of privacy required.

Le Barbier follows a traditional masculine material palette of dark metal, stone and glass while Le Salon counters with rich hues of gold panelling and pastel pink leather walls.

The VIP area follows through on this theme, dark blue leather clad walls offset against white natural stone and rich metallic accents. Lighting enhances the sense of opulence and quality through high levels of integration and detailing.

The use of sophisticated control systems for each area further adds to the feeling of quality through selective use of dimming and scene set technology.

Completed: January 2019
Client: Lutetia of Paris
Interior Designer: Kinnersley Kent Design

Crystal Symphony, Crystal Cruises

As part of the 2017 dry dock project for Crystal Symphony, dpa were invited to design the lighting for the refurbishment of the main dining room (rebranded as “Waterside”), the Trident Grill, Scoops Ice Cream Bar and the newly formed Silk Restaurant and Silk Bar, as well as two decks of guestroom corridor. dpa worked closely with Alexandra Don from Crystal Cruises and AD Associates to develop the lighting design for each venue.

Waterside underwent a detailed refurbishment whilst retaining several elements and the overall space planning. The lighting was enhanced with completely new bespoke decorative ceiling features, new perimeter wall lights, integrated lighting within new decorative screens and additional spotlighting of tables to suit the improved number of covers.  Upgrades were also made to the lighting control system and the scene setting was overhauled to suit the new interior colour scheme for the venue.

The Silk Restaurant and Bar were created by completely re-planning the existing Trident area. A central screen with feature artwork to both sides divides the space into a dining area with tables and a more relaxed bar space with soft seating.  dpa utilised the new architectural features to re-imagine the space with integrated lighting elements to screens, decorative wall features, bar counter and displays and the new fractal ceiling structure that covers both areas. At night the restaurant and bar are bathed in soft blue light from the uplift roof structure and the intimate atmosphere is completed with battery powered candles to each table and festoon lighting above the informal bar seating. The Trident Grill and Scoops Ice Cream Bar were retained alongside the restaurant and refurbished to the same high level of detail, serving informal lunch offerings during the day.

The guestroom Corridors at the Penthouse decks were upgraded to a full LED solution, to suit the introduction of new Suites and maintain Crystal’s commitment to saving energy across the vessel.

As with all dry dock projects, the timescales were extremely tight during the design phase as well as during the refurbishment, both of which provide challenges and rewards, as we witnessed the exceptional transformation of the spaces in a little over 3 weeks.

Client: Crystal Cruises
Interior Design: AD Associates

Oli Oli, Dubai, UAE

Oli Oli is an incredible new indoor play space with eight separate galleries spread over two beautifully designed floors.  Oli Oli offers plenty of space and an environment that allows for natural exploration rather than over-stimulation.  Inspired by the work of leading educators, artists and development psychologists, it is an interactive museum of delights to stimulate a child’s body and mind.  Situated within the Al Quoz district of Dubai, Oli Oli’s modest location belies its hidden attractions.  Spread across 30,000 square feet, the two-storey facility boasts a massive play area that follows the STEAM education theme (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths). In total, the galleries include over forty interactive, whimsical and wonderful things to do, unlocking creativity at every turn and sparking a genuine love of learning.  dpa collaborated with Sneha Divias Atelier to realise her interpretation of the brief during the day and into the evening.  

Using the budget available as a creative constraint the lighting scheme allows for a simple, robust and flexible solution, whilst keeping maintenance to a minimum.  The design of the scheme is intended to enhance the interactive experience and maintain focus on the equipment and learning activities inherent to the galleries.

Client: OliOli
Project Manager: DTA Cost Control & Risk Management
Architect and M&E Consultant: Al Shandagha Architects and Engineering Consultants
Interior Designer: Sneha Divias Atelier

Spa – Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square,
London, UK

Ten Trinity Square London was originally built as the Port of London Authority HQ and is an outstanding example of Beaux-Arts Architecture. The building was opened by the then Prime Minister, David Lloyd George in 1922. The property has undergone a comprehensive and meticulous restoration and upgrade and now houses a Four Seasons Hotel, Residences and a Private Members Club.

dpa has worked on the project for almost four years carefully coordinating with the owner Reignwood Group, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and the professional team. dpa have been responsible for the lighting design of the exterior building including the Great Tower, all Public Areas/UN Ballroom, Guestrooms, Suites, Apartments, The Club, the Spa and two signature restaurants La Dame de Pic and Mei Ume. The lighting design has been sensitively conceived and implemented to enhance the existing architecture and new parts of the structure.

The project is substantial and has numerous areas, which would be too much to describe in this publication, but we would be happy to provide further details to anyone who is interested.

Owner: Reignwood Group
Operator: Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Spa Operator: Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts in partnership with ESPA, Amala, Dr Burgener and marocMaroc.
Spa Consultant: ESPA
Spa Designer: Joseph Caspari Architecture & Design in cooperation with Mio Shibuya
M&E Consultant: Waterman Group
Photography: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Richard Waite and Joseph Caspari Architecture & Design

Executive Jet Terminal,
Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai, UAE

dpa lighting consultants designs for the exterior and interior lighting to the Executive Jet Terminal were completed and the project officially opened in December 2016.  Working with the Client, Dubai South, the Project Architects, SIE, Interior Designers Strata Design and Landscape Consultants Desert Ink, the design team collaborated on this fast track upgrade to the recently opened Executive Terminal Facility.

The exterior lighting has been designed to maximise the architectural form of the building and its low, sweeping, aerodynamic form and entrance canopy.  This is achieved by ensuring that key vertical and horizontal surfaces are appropriately illuminated, with specific emphasis at the recessed entrances and entrance portals.  A key factor in emphasising the overall architectural form is the lack of visually intrusive lighting columns immediately in front of the Terminal.  This is achieved by utilising low level lighting from bollards and in-ground luminaires to each of the drop-off driveways, planting and water features.  The drop-offs are accessed from the primary vehicular route, itself illuminated from visually minimal lighting columns.

The interior lighting is designed to maximise the internal volumes and forms, with the principal central axis celebrating the view beyond the Terminal’s interior to the Executive Aircraft parked on the apron, with the main airport and runways beyond.  The ‘layered’ ceiling is extremely clean, the only visible lighting being strategically located downlights illuminating the suspended artwork that reinforces directionality and the principal view out towards the airport beyond.  The downlights not only enhance the artwork, but subtly cast light and shade downwards helping to further break up the large expanse of floor.

Either side of this principal central axis are the waiting lounges and support facilities for the executive travellers, these being located within sunken enclosures, partially concealed behind decorative fins. These fins have integrated lighting within their ‘outer’ vertical edge to further enhance their presence, with an identical lighting detail providing internal definition. The principal source of ambient illumination within the lounges is provided from back-lit stretched fabric ceiling panels, with decorative luminaires providing a more intimate scale.

Finally the internal wall of the arrivals/departure hall comprises internally illuminated entrance portals at each of the lobbies, with adjacent decorative feature panels comprising decorative cut-outs that are internally illuminated.  These elements are mirrored in the reflective flooring to create a memorable, but contrasting image to that experienced when first entering the Terminal.

Client: Dubai South
Architect: SIE Consultants
Interior Designers: Strata Design
Landscape Consultants: Desert Ink
Photography: Courtesy of SIE Consultants

Crystal Mozart, Crystal Cruises

dpa has worked on numerous projects for Crystal Cruises expanding fleet over the last 15 years. Crystal Mozart is the latest vessel to be launched last Summer, and is their first River Yacht, which is setting new standards of luxury for this market. Crystal are passionate about the quality of every aspect of their offer including the lit environment; dpa worked closely with Alexandra Don and the Design Team to light all the Public Areas, Suites and external elements of the vessel.

The lighting is illustrated in the following pictures and the intensity from day to night can be altered to create the most appropriate atmosphere as daylight changes. Guests have full scene set control of their suites to change the mood as they feel appropriate.

Client: Crystal Cruises
Interior Designer for All Internal and External Public Areas: AD Associates, London
Interior Designer for the Guest Suites, Circulation & Reception: IIBYIV Design, Toronto
Photography: Sim Canetty-Clarke

Cap Vermell Grand Hotel, Mallorca

The Cap Vermell Grand Hotel, Mallorca is nestled in the hills of north east Mallorca. The hotel is laid out around a square like a traditional Mallorcan village. Surrounded by Clusters of buildings built from the local stone excavated from the mountain during construction, the site is divided by winding paths, steps and a central stream helping create an authentically traditional Mallorcan feel.  The challenge for dpa lay in the requirement to balance operational needs of a modern hotel and meet strict energy efficiency regulations whilst blending with the traditional Mallorcan village aesthetic.

dpa worked closely with the Architect DSA, Interior designer Michelle Evans and Associates and Landscape Architect AECOM to create a seamless flow of lighting between the exterior and interior.  Carefully selecting natural material such as copper and bronze for external lighting which naturally weathers to a deep bronze colour helping the lighting to blend into their natural stone surroundings.

Client/Owner: Grupo Cap Vermell
Operator: Hyatt
Project Manager: Cushman & Wakefield
Architect: DSA
Interior Designer: Michelle Evans & Associates
Landscape Designer: AECOM
M&E Consultant: Engineers Assessors
Photography: Courtesy of Cap Vermell Investments Group

Crystal Esprit, Luxury Yacht

dpa have worked closely with Crystal Cruises International over the last 12 years and greatly value this special relationship. Crystal were sold earlier this year (2015) to Genting Hong Kong and, since the acquisition, many exciting new ventures have been announced. dpa are working closely with Alexandra Don of CCI and lead designer Chris Finch of AD Associates. Chris and CCI have kindly allowed us to share their visuals of the new Yacht, which illustrates the overall vessel and its luxurious spaces within.

Lighting is an important part of creating a luxurious experience for discerning Crystal guests, and the lighting has been carefully developed and integrated into the fabric of the vessel. The project will utilise long life low energy LED sources in a variety of formats, as shown on the visuals below. All the suites and public areas will also benefit from a computerised scene set lighting control system, allowing simple instinctive use to create different ambiences at different times of day or night, to suit the mood of the guest.

Client: Crystal Cruises
Interior Design: AD Associates


Viking Star, Ocean Cruise Ship

Following a successful liaison with Viking Cruises on designing the lighting for their European based river cruise ships, dpa were asked to work with Viking and their design team on an ocean going cruise ship, the first in a new venture for them.

Design work for the new ship commenced over 3 years ago and working closely with SMC Design and Rottet Studio; dpa designed the lighting for all passenger accessible areas on the ship.

Apart from some Low Voltage Tungsten Halogen downlights in the Spa, LED light sources have been used throughout the Staterooms and Public Areas, resulting in a significant saving in energy and a greatly reduced maintenance programme for the crew engineers.

All Public Areas have been designed with lighting control providing dimming for the light sources. This has enabled the Scandinavian themed interiors to be as visually enriched during the night as they appear during the day.

Client: Viking Cruises
Interior Design: SMC Design and Rottet Studio


JW Marriott Hotel, Absheron, Baku, Azerbaijan

Situated on the site of the old Absheron hotel, the new JW Marriott Absheron is located next to the vibrant Baku Boulevard along the city’s waterfront, with the fashionable new developments of Port Baku residences and the Park Bulvar shopping mall in close proximity.

dpa Dubai were appointed as the specialist lighting consultants for the internal Public Areas and dpa London for the external Façade and Landscape. The interior designer for the project was the internationally renowned WA International Interiors; dpa Dubai worked closely with their Design Director Claire Craig to develop the lighting for the internal Public Areas. Our concept focused on concealing indirect light sources within ceilings, walls and furniture details to reduce any visual ‘clutter’ so as not to detract from the interiors. Large decorative glass chandeliers were selected from a specialist manufacturer; dpa were responsible for providing illumination to each chandelier within the reception and pre-function areas.

Located on the 21st floor is the indoor swimming pool, a double height volume with panoramic views of Baku city and the newly constructed Flame Towers. The brief for the lighting was to create drama and contrast, whilst not disrupting the night time views of the city. We developed an LED cove light which uses a DMX protocol to create a simple dual tone colour cycle with extended fade times for lighting scenes during the day and night time. Internal back lit fret work panels, provide an ambient back drop for guests admiring the views while relaxing by the pool bar in the evening. The internal lighting effect in the Pool ceiling adds to the exterior lighting scheme and draws attention of the public from Baku Boulevard at night time.

Client: Pasha Group
Operator: JW Marriott
Project Manager: MACE
Architect: Reardon Smith
Interior Designer: WA International Interiors
Landscape Designer: Scape
M&E Consultant: Strabag


JW Marriott Hotel, Ankara, Turkey

The JW Marriott chain has recently expanded its portfolio with the opening of a new outlet in Ankara, Turkey, providing the capital with a smart and sophisticated business hotel.

The Hotel has been designed by the New York office of RMJM Architects and the interiors by the UK based Frank Solano Associates.

dpa lighting consultants were commissioned to design the lighting for all the interiors, including the Guest Bedrooms and Suites, a Jazz Bar, Night Club, Speciality Restaurant, an extensive Spa and the impressive Atrium Lobby which is bathed in daylight during the day and is then transformed into a dramatic and stunning space at night, the lighting of which provided the dpa Team with unique challenges.

dpa were also asked to design the lighting for the landscaped areas, including an impressive Wedding Terrace, a Pool Terrace and an intimate Roof Terrace with breathtaking views over Ankara.

The vertical characteristics of the building’s architecture were enhanced and emphasised with pencil beams of warm white light from custom designed uplights concealed in the tops of the stone fins. This subtle lighting effect contrasts with several feature slots within the façades being uplit with coloured light. This use of coloured light is repeated on a smaller scale on the shorter stone fins above the entrance canopy.

Operator: JW Marriott
Architect: RMJM Architects
Interior Designer: Frank Solano Associates

Yas Island Waterpark, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Yas Waterworld is the latest addition to the number of attractions on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi which include the Ferrari World, Yas Marina Circuit race track.

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi’s theme is inspired by a legend that represents local Emirati culture and heritage. The attractions within the waterpark are based on the adventures of the waterpark’s main character Dana – a young Emirati girl in search of a legendary pearl that brought prosperity to her village.

dpa was commissioned to design the architectural lighting for the interior, exterior façade and landscape areas within the Water park. The design brief was to use themed decorative lanterns and discreet luminaires for lighting within all areas of the waterpark. Therefore, functional luminaires integrated within the decorative lanterns are used in most of the areas within the waterpark in order to provide illumination with unobtrusive fixtures and minimum glare.

The indoor areas include a themed Souk (Market) with cyclorama ceiling depicting sky above the shop fronts. The ceiling is illuminated by linear fluorescent luminaires with coloured gel sleeves concealed within the roof of the shops, which facilitate change in the colour of the sky during the day, evening and night. In addition to the indirect lighting from the cyclorama ceiling, themed lanterns and discreet luminaires provide the general illumination within the Souk. Highlighting to the niches over the shop façades within the Souk is provided by concealed Linear LED luminaires.

The wind towers and niches on the exterior façade of the souk and other buildings within the water park are highlighted by concealed linear fluorescent and LED luminaires. Themed decorative lanterns with low energy compact fluorescent lamps provide general illumination in most of the areas around the souk building and within the walkways of the water park.

Careful attention to detail ensured that the lighting to various rides structures, pools and ride entry/exit areas is provided by discreet luminaires that are concealed either within the landscaped areas or integrated within the decorative luminaires.

Client: Miral
Architect: WS Atkins


Xy Nightclub, Japan

The lighting, sound, and visual designers all collaborated together to create an exciting and stimulating club environment for this project.

The lighting installation, sound and movie projections are coordinated via one computer.

The lighting was designed to provide a full spectrum of colour with red, green, and blue colour filters. Moving lights punch dynamic interest through the dark environment, and provide colour emphasis with the music.

The interior design features items made with mirror glass so as to provide further stimulation from reflection, and to bounce a kaleidoscope of colour around the dance floor.

Le Richemond Hotel, Geneva

Le Richemond Hotel on the banks of Lake Geneva has undergone a major refurbishment completed in the Autumn of 2007.

dpa were responsible for the lighting design in relation to the key front of house areas, which included the main lobby/reception, bar, restaurant, meeting rooms, banquet hall, conference centre and spa.

It was important for the lighting design to fully consider the colourful material palette together with associated textures proposed by interior designer John Stefanidis. The lighting application emphasises the interior design to the full and the result is an impressive lit interior portraying the quality of this prestigious hotel.

The use of traditional styled light fixtures and minimalistic architectural lighting combine effectively.

The spa area in contrast introduces coloured lit elements which inject a sense of drama and theatre particularly with reference to the backlit bamboo clad walls, the contoured ceiling design and mosaic floor treatments.

Client: Rocco Forte Hotels
Interior Designers: John Stefanidis
Photography: dpa lighting consultants