One Za’abeel, Dubai, UAE

Dominating the densely populated skyline of Dubai, One Za’abeel is the latest development to add a unique and imaginative first to Dubai’s long list of record-breaking buildings. Dissecting One Za’abeel’s skyscrapers one hundred metres above the ground, The Link stretches to an impressive two hundred and thirty metres in length, whilst its record-breaking cantilever extends sixty-seven metres beyond the development’s main tower. The cantilever is home to eight Michelin-inspired restaurants and the UAE’s longest suspended infinity pool.

Developing the design over the last eight years, dpa were involved in every aspect of the design process. Bringing a multitude of differing skills from our international studios, dpa worked with all designers, architects and stakeholders to deliver a truly stunning world-class development and One & Only’s first urban resort. A multitude of design and pragmatic challenges faced all consultants on an almost weekly basis. From illuminating the infinity pool through to on-site changes to the final late-night commissioning and set-up, dpa were continually involved as part of the design and delivery team, to solve each of the issues.

Entrances, Receptions and Public areas were all treated sympathetically and in line with the interior and brand vision. Subtle and sophisticated colours and textures have been highlighted to provide the warmth and ambience resonant with a hotel of this calibre. Ballrooms are majestic but with the flexibility required of a modern conference and venue environment. Lighting integration within guest rooms has been carefully balanced to maximise the outward views after dark. However, with its plethora of restaurants and late-night destination bar, Sphere, it is the Link Bridge that steals the show.

The building brings a new dimension to Dubai’s iconic night-time identity and one in which dpa are proud to have been an essential and intrinsic part.

Client: Ithra/Mace
Architect: Nikken Sekkei
Interior Design: Denniston/LW/HBA/Rockwell Group/SquareM/Social F&B by Design
Operator: Kerzner/One & Only
Photography: Gavriil Papadiotis

Pavyllon at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

Michelin star chef Yannick Alléno has brought his modern French Pavyllon restaurant to London’s prestigious Four Seasons Park Lane Hotel. dpa had the pleasure of collaborating with interior designer Chahan Minassian to create a modern and sophisticated lighting scheme for the restaurant, private dining areas, bar and terrace. The tea lounge has additionally been refurbished to match the décor of the restaurant with modernisation of the existing lighting.

dpa’s approach was to bring a subtle and seamless integration of lighting to elevate the dining experience whilst revealing the luxurious fabrics and materials of the beautiful interior design. With the restaurant service running from morning until late into the evening, a combination of precise lighting controls and employment of tuneable white luminaires allowed the perfect scene to be set.  A fresh and comfortable breakfast scene balances the natural light of the morning, shifting to a warmer and elegant setting for afternoon tea or lunch and ending with a sophisticated, intimate dinner and drinks scene.

The sumptuous, curved dining counter and theatrical show kitchen is at heart of the restaurant, with intricate and layered lighting details accentuating the hood and counter. Bar Antoine is centred around an elaborate Murano glass chandelier and undulating dark timber walls with stone artworks illuminated from above and below for a dramatic backdrop to the seating area and spiral staircase.

The existing lighting in the tea lounge has been replaced with modern LED luminaires including tuneable white linear LED to the double height feature coffers and coves, which shift to warmer colour temperatures throughout the day and are in keeping with the ambience of the restaurant.

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Hotel Operator: Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Interior Designer: Chahan Interior Design
Architect: Cornforth Architecture + Design
Photography: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane and Pavyllon London




BYRD Hart Shoreditch, Hart Shoreditch Hotel, London

BYRD, the Club and Events venue connected to Hart Shoreditch Hotel London, Curio Collection by Hilton, recently opened with a stunning interior for which dpa have been fortunate to have designed the lighting in collaboration with interior designers LXA.

The multi-purpose space works elegantly as a club and bar transforming the spaces with divisible walls to provide flexibility for various events and uses.

dpa developed a lighting design to facilitate the multi-functional use of the spaces using integrated and concealed lighting to bring the bar to life. Showcasing the interesting displays as well as accenting artwork and objects, the tables are also individually lit with portable LED table lights. A lighting control system works seamlessly in the background with both day and night scenes to provide appropriate ambiance according to the function and time of the day.

Client: Shamal and Seven Capital
Hotel Operator: Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Interior Designer: LXA
Contractor: Corley Woolley
Photography: Adam Letch



Masala Zone Piccadilly Circus, London

The concept was to create a space with multiple layers of decoration within this well-known London dining room, dating back from 1873 and now Grade II* listed. The Client’s had a clear vision to create visual interest at the lower levels, with just incidental light brushing on to the neo-Byzantine mosaic ceiling. Breaking the linear space up into a series of smaller areas all having their own character, but aesthetically harmonious was also an important part of the brief using light.

The challenge of this project is its Grade II* listed status, no lights could be attached to the historic fabric. With our desire to create drama, together with the Client and Interior Designer we developed perimeter panels free of the historic fabric where lighting could be appropriately located, together with a variety of screens where again lighting elements could be seamlessly integrated. The artwork, displays and objects are authentic and the lighting is designed to show these elements off.

To provide great flexibility and minimise the quantity of cables, given the restricted routes in this historic building we adopted a DALI protocol and then carefully balanced each element in each area to express the decoration in a theatrical manner, whilst still having focus on the most important thing, the tables and the diners.

Client: MW Eat/Masala Zone Piccadilly Circus, Ranjit Mathrani, Namita Panjabi & Camellia Panjabi
Interior Designer: Design Wilkes – Jeffrey Wilkes
Architect: ARP Architects – Crispin Wright

Cucina Dubai – Palm Jumeirah

A rustic, charming newly opened restaurant on the Palm Jumeirah, Cucina is full of Italian flair and passion. The interiors are an eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary destination elements that create an approachable and vibrant atmosphere for guests.

The lighting design needed to be integral and sympathetic to the varied interiors whilst composing many points of focal interest and help create a memorable story.

Client: Golden Sands Hotels Co LLC
Operator / Brand Owner: Cucina
Interior Designer: KEANE
MEP Consultant: Arenco
Contractor: Marlin
Photography: Courtesy of Golden Sands Hotels Co LLC

OKKU, Dubai

The multi-award winning contemporary Japanese restaurant, bar & lounge is back in Dubai after closing its doors at the H Hotel in 2019. Now proudly residing in the Marriott Palm Jumeirah, the new incarnation of OKKU is still drawing on its vibrant and exciting guest experiences, live station, entertainment and beautifully rich interiors.

Having designed the lighting for the original OKKU Dubai 15 years ago, and OKKU Riyadh 5 years ago we were very familiar with the brand and its ethos of top tier Japanese cuisine pared with a vibrant and exciting guest experience. The demand on the lighting had not diminished in this time, only evolved and more importantly tested. Every aspect of the interior and guest journey is scrutinised to make sure it meets the brand’s vision, and the lighting was paramount to achieving this.

OKKU’s identifying elements remained: Samurai Warriors on guard, jelly fish, show kitchen, DJ station and large social bar. Private dining and live entertainment areas were also introduced. These are all striking visual focal points, each deserving a careful and effective realisation with light, however the overall composition of the entire space had to be planned and balanced so as to retain interest and a sense of journey to the guest without being overwhelming and too ‘noisy’.

Client: Golden Sands Hotels Co LLC
Operator / Brand Owner: Whissle
Interior Designer: LW Design Group
MEP Consultant: Arenco
Contractor: Marlin
Photography: Courtesy of Golden Sands Hotels Co LLC




Spectrum, Waldorf Astoria, Amsterdam, Netherlands

We have a long standing relationship with the Waldorf Hotel Amsterdam and their Owners so were very happy to be asked to work with David Clixby of GA Design on the lighting for Spectrum, a signature restaurant within the property.  The understated elegance of the dining space provides the perfect backdrop for the incredible two Michelin star food led by Chef Sidney Schutte and Restaurant Manager Cas Kratz.  The restaurant is punctuated with powerful art and flower displays all appropriately illuminated to add drama to the space whilst focus remains on the tables.

Owner: DvM b.v.
Operator: Sidney Schutte (best to contact the hotel and ask them this)
Architect: OeverZaaijer
Interior Design: GA Design
Photography: Joseph Briare; Underpromise Agency – Mart Goossens and Alexander Sporre





The Claw BBQ – Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah

CLAW BBQ Hilton Dubai Palm is the latest venue for the well-known crabshack and dive bar. Vibrant atmosphere meets American vibe, the lighting design and implementation played a key role in helping to bring the restaurant to life.

Client: Hilton Hotels and Resorts / Claw BBQ
Interior Designer: Prospect Design International
Photography: North Digital

Barfly by Buddha Bar – Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah

A Neo-Baroque concept decorated with warm reds, gold steel and aubergine tones and colours. The latest destination from the world-famous Buddha-Bar stable, Barfly is a rich and exquisite explosion to the senses. Challenging the concepts of bar, dining and entertainment, the concept by George V Eatertainment and detailing by Design Wapler & Associates set a high bar for the lighting design. We were tasked with creating and implementing a successful lighting strategy for all the front-of-house areas.

The venue is rich with material, objects of interest, pockets of excitement coupled with sound and taste. The lighting design had to seamlessly fit in with the interior story without distracting from it but placing emphasis just where it was needed. Discreet luminaires have been used to allow as much integration into the fabric of the interior as possible, with judicial placing to highlight points of interest and promote contrast and shadow. Dimming and optic controls were significant in creating the required mood and atmosphere as the day and evening progress to the late hours.

Client: Hilton Hotels and Resorts / Barfly by Buddha-Bar
Interior Designer: George V Eatertainment and Design Wapler & Associates
Photography: North Digital


McGettigan’s Factory – Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah

We were delighted to be involved in the first upmarket brand from the Irish pub group and in such a prestigious location. The interiors designed by Frank Ennis and Associates are industrial eclectic with a wide collection of nostalgia, decorative pieces, and varied materials. The large venue is also divided into different areas of experience to cater for a range of guests. Our brief was to work closely with the brand and designers to create a lighting scheme for all front-of-house areas and for all times of operation. The biggest challenge presented to us was the sheer number of visual elements, structures, materials and textures on the walls and ceilings. Added to this were the performance areas with theatrical lighting, video displays and high atmosphere. These had to be balanced, prioritised and enhanced with a sympathetic and dynamic lighting strategy. Special care and attention were given to the selection of luminaires that were either rustic, theatrical or industrial in aesthetic to match the theme of the interior, all the while retaining good light performance. All the luminaires throughout the project are digitally controlled to allow us to set a variety of moods and atmospheres throughout the hours of operation and within the different areas of activity.

Client: Hilton Hotels and Resorts / Factory by McGettigan’s
Interior Designer: Frank Ennis & Associates
Photography: North Digital


Duck & Waffle, Edinburgh

Continuing our relationship with Fabled Studio, dpa are pleased to present Duck & Waffle, Edinburgh. This exciting, saturated, surrealist neon dream was a fantastically fun experience for our designers. Warm–dim, quasi-theatrical projectors form the backbone of the lighting scheme, suspended from theatrical trussing at high level and producing dramatic accentuation for the dining tables.

Integrated linear LED is tucked within concealed detailing throughout and is particularly effective around the live kitchen / dining stations, which are all presented on an elevated stage platform, floated with light. Flat panel LED lighting is integrated into the bar and service station shelving to create sparkle through the bottles and glassware. At the open bar, this is all reflected inside a giant, polished whiskey still canopy above.

Modernity is mixed with tradition in the private dining spaces, where you can dine with an audience of refined Scottish waterfowl, all properly illuminated with dedicated artwork lighting. The scheme is brought together with neon signage throughout.

Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobold
Interior Designer: Fabled Studio
Photography: Courtesy of Duck & Waffle

MSC World Europa

The ship allows for completely distinct zones for different themes, moods and experiences. dpa worked in close collaboration with MSC and the extensive architectural design 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.


Owner: MSC Cruises
Builder: Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire, France
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

Velvet at the Corinthia, London

dpa were thrilled to be commissioned by Corinthia London to develop the lighting scheme alongside renowned Interior Designers, David Collins Studio for the new Velvet Bar at the Corinthia.

Velvet takes the place of Corinthia’s former bar “Bassoon”, which has been completely reimagined by David Collins Studio. The transformation sees furniture re-upholstered, rich velvet drapery introduced and new artwork by Robson Stannard throughout; dpa worked closely with both the Hotel and David Collins Studio to highlight these new features appropriately. All lighting has been re-lamped, with beam angles carefully considered, re-aimed and scene-set to create focus and drama throughout the bar. The introduction of additional theatre-style Par Can lights to a new stage area, backed by the deep red velvet drapery, creates a new focus to Velvet, transporting guests back to the roaring twenties, an era where opulence, indulgence and celebration took centre stage. The lighting levels were carefully considered to provide a seductive, intimate atmosphere that compliments the magic and theatre of the acclaimed bartender and mixologist Salvatore Calabrese’s innovative twist on classic cocktails. It has already been claimed that this will be one of London’s most desirable cocktail destinations.

To learn more about the inspiration behind Robson Stannard’s artwork featured at Velvet at The Corinthia, click here

Client: Corinthia Hotel
Interior Designer: David Collins Studio
Photographer: Alex Upton Photography


KOYN Japanese Restaurant, London

KOYN restaurant in Mayfair, housed within the renovated building formerly occupied by the US Embassy and Canadian High Commission and set back within the Grosvenor Square development, has a striking first impression.

The food offering showcases a broad spectrum of Japanese cuisine with a stunning sushi bar at ground floor, and a Robata counter at lower ground providing the theatre of open fire cooking. The lower ground floor is also complimented with a private dining space and is connected to the upper floor by a striking staircase lit with concealed linear lighting to the steps and walls. The bar is nestled in the corner of the ground floor in dark and moody tones of wood and natural stones and lit to reveal the specialist drinks and objects on display.

The lighting provides a cohesive approach to exposing and expressing the interesting materials throughout the restaurant and bar. Always concealed, allowing only the materials and any decorations to be seen as well as, of course, the food to provide visual interest to each table and bar & counter throughout.

Client: LSL Capital
Interior Designer: Fabled Studio
Project Manager: Emmaus Consulting
M&E Consultant: Barlows MEP Services Ltd
Photography: James McDonald


Veeraswamy, London, UK

dpa have been working closely with Camellia Panjabi, Namita Panjabi, and Ranjit Mathrani of MW Eat for 19 years, designing the lighting for their three fine dining restaurants and the various Masala Zones throughout Central London. Each restaurant is individual and makes dining a special occasion with truly authentic Indian food that is simply exceptional, coupled with outstanding service and magical interiors that further enhance the whole experience. Established in 1926, the fine dining restaurant Veeraswamy is the UK’s oldest Indian restaurant. It was recently refurbished, with the lighting playing an important part in representing the spaces. dpa worked closely with the owners and interior designer Jeffrey Wilkes in the development of the lighting design.

The lighting creates drama on the tables, to the exquisite display case full of brightly coloured turbans and glassware at the entrance and on to other art and sculpture. A combination of decorative lighting elements and carefully integrated architectural lighting provides decoration and ambience to the dining rooms. The dining space is split into three distinct areas, all with their own look and feel. The lighting is carefully scene-set through a dimming system to create exactly the right mood for lunch, early evening and throughout the night.

Owner: MW Eat – Camellia Panjabi, Namita Panjabi and Ranjit Mathrani
Interior Designer: Jeffrey Wilkes, DESIGNWILKES
Photography: Courtesy of MW Eat


OKKU Japanese Restaurant, Riyadh, KSA

dpa were delighted to be commissioned to produce the lighting design for OKKU, an award-winning Japanese Restaurant, operating in Riyadh. The original and innovative space features two distinct floors where guests are greeted by Samurai warriors, a signature Jelly Fish Tank, a giant Japanese Bell and exquisite interior detailing to compliment the food and beverage.

dpa were very proud to work again with OKKU on another iconic restaurant and worked closely with the design team and client to bring out the richness and detail of the interiors with light, in a subtle and sympathetic manner.

Client: Whissle
Interior Designer: LW Design Group
Photography: Courtesy of OKKU

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 the 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

Tasca and Netsu Restaurants at the
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai is a newly constructed, 5 Star resort style hotel located on Dubai’s Arabian Gulf shoreline.

Over a period of 4 years, dpa worked in close collaboration with the Client, Operator and Design Team WASL Group, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Architects DAR and Interior Designers Design Wilkes and Silverfox to design the lighting solutions for all public FoH areas of the Hotel, internally and externally.

Interior Design for the Guestrooms, Public Areas and Ballroom facilities was undertaken by Design Wilkes.  Silverfox Studios provided the Interior Design for the Spa and Fitness Centre and the Specialty Restaurants, The Bay, Tasca and Netsu.  Landscape design was courtesy of 40North and Cracknells.

As part of the design brief dpa worked closely with all parties from initial conception stage, ensuring that the lighting design was cohesive throughout the hotel, and well integrated within the Interior Design and Architecture.

dpa followed the project through to the construction stages, maintaining a regular presence on site to ensure the designs were fully understood and coordinated with the various contractors, suppliers, consultants and site teams.

Whilst all spaces are special in their own way, the most impactful moments within the Hotel occur in the Main Lobby and within Netsu Restaurant.

The Main Lobby is very important, forming the first impression of the Hotel for arriving guests and visitors.  At 12 metres tall, it provided a challenge to ensure that the lighting was sufficient to adequately illuminate the space during daylight hours, with the dimming range to provide subtlety and ambience after dark.  A discreet, linear, ceiling recessed system was designed and specified, allowing high output linear LED luminaires to be installed in a way which matched the rhythm of the architecture and the ceiling.

At ground level, there is a colonnade of 14 Light Trees, designed by Design Wilkes and Preciosa, with technical and aesthetic input from dpa. The Trees feature approximately 900 individually addressed LED light points, illuminating hand blown glass leaves. The leaves are programmed to produce dynamic ripples of light, individually varying their brightness to create differing effects. The arrangement of the colonnades leads the eye along the central water feature, and through to the landscaped, beach adjacent courtyard and lap pool.

Within Netsu, a signature restaurant on the ground level, Silverfox Studios produced an industrial aesthetic, with a combination of rugged and natural materials. The brief was to create a theatrical dining experience, to use the central open Robata kitchen as a ‘stage’.

In response to this, dpa implemented a series of suspended lighting truss rigs, upon which were mounted theatrical RGBW projectors, with variable beam angles and focussing.  These projectors were used to provide warm white intensity at the points where food is displayed and served, and dramatic coloured accents around the space.  RGBW linear floodlights were mounted on top of the rigs to provide a coloured wash of light to the MEP service at high level, accentuating the height and industrial aesthetic of the space.

Owner: WASL Group
Operator: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Project Manager: DAR
Architect: DAR
Interior Designer for Public Areas: Design Wilkes
Interior Designer for Spa and Restaurants: Silverfox Studios
Interior Design Co-ordinators: PMQ
Landscape Consultants: 40North and Cracknells
MEP Consultant: SEED Engineering
Photography: Alex Jeffries Photography Group
dpa Project Team: David McNeil, Douglas Brennan and Tim Leeding


Coppa Club Maidenhead, UK

dpa Lighting Consultants have been fortunate to work with Quadrant Design and Georgina Brennan Interior Design on the lighting design to the Coppa Club, Maidenhead. Our approach to the Lighting Design was to work with both client/operations teams, and the design team to ensure that the appropriate ambience and accent was achieved with lighting to enhance the interior and exterior spaces. Our lighting design included a sympathetic approach to the architectural lighting, with concealed lighting where possible to expose interesting interior features with minimal down lighting so that the overall ambience is created with decorative features and elements. Lighting control was extremely significant for all areas to balance natural light during the day both when bright and overcast but more importantly at night when more intimate scenes were created for early and late evening. Finally, the overall brief and vision of a warm jewel of interior spaces was successfully achieved especially when viewed from the Berkshire Cut River.

Client: Strada
Interior Designer: Quadrant Design
Project Manager: Simon Bristow 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
Photography: Courtesy of JW Marriott Hotel Nara, Japan