Juliet Rose Bar, Hilton Munich City, Germany

The Juliet Rose Bar at the Hilton Munich City has the Rose at the heart of its theme, side by side with the botanics of the beverage and food menus. There is a spirit of alchemy in the interior both for the design and purpose, with the large bar being the focus of the space where the theatre of signature cocktails are accented with perfectly placed and coordinated light to create drama and focus. The interior adapts through the day from morning to late into the evening with a warm and inviting atmosphere, created with very warm lighting elements and lamps which are dimmed low at night to create the desired and appropriate ambiance.

The interiors have been designed by London-based Interior Designers Goddard Littlefair with dpa working closely with them on all aspects of the lighting. Each lighting element was carefully considered and placed to enhance the space and provide the appropriate atmosphere.

Operator: Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Juliet Rose Bar
Interior Designer: Goddard Littlefair
Photography: Fanning Tseng – Yes! Please Enjoy Photography

H&M Barcelona, Spain

On 3rd February 2017, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) launched their brand new Flagship store in Barcelona, Spain, which is situated on Passeig de Gràcia, one of the major avenues in Barcelona and one of its most important shopping and business areas, containing several of the city’s most celebrated pieces of architecture.

dpa undertook the lighting design of the historical lobby and the newly introduced Flax & Kale café within the heritage spaces of this 1950’s property, a former HQ for insurance company Banco Vitalicio de España.

The lighting scheme for the historic lobby features decorative custom pendant luminaires with dedicated, directional lighting to the merchandise displays.  At the same time, finely integrated linear lighting solutions accentuate the important architectural features within the space while respecting the building’s heritage.

The Flax & Kale café represents an innovative new concept and experience for H&M.  The lighting provides a clean, airy yet warm space that complements the interior architecture and distinguishes itself from the adjacent retail areas.  At the same time, the design seamlessly combines the bright and fun character of H&M with the warmth and design lines of the Flax & Kale tradition.

The lighting installation is fully reversible with minimal disturbance to the historic building fabric while achieving a theatrical lit result for customers to enjoy.

Client:   Hennes & Mauritz (H&M)
Café Operator: Flax & Kale, Barcelona
Flax & Kale Interior Designer:  Estudi Francesc Pons, Barcelona
Photography: dpa lighting consultants


Trèsind, Dubai, UAE

Located on the 2nd Floor of the Nassima Royal Hotel in Dubai DIFC, Trèsind is well known for its Indian molecular gastronomy. Following the recent renovation, the restaurant is returning with 2 new dining concepts.

In the dining experience, one has the comfort of dining with the signature dishes along with new explorations in the Modernist Indian Cuisine, paired with some of the most unique concepts in mixology. Trèsind Studio is an immersive intimate affair, guided as a chef’s table experience.

In the main dining area. the walls and feature wall frames are finished in dark blue whilst the entire ceiling is covered in blue and white wallpaper. Long tables placed centrally in the space act as serving stations and carry jars of spices, frequently used in Indian cuisine, that add colour and texture. Narrow beam spotlights provide a sense of theatre as the staff moves around these tables while serving the guests.

The dining tables are located in pockets around the perimeter of the space in pairs providing a sense of privacy. Integrated linear lighting grazes the louvered panels that cover the windows from behind, providing a sense of depth. The frames on the walls on either side of the tables are highlighted by picture lights, while the tables are softly accentuated.

A similar approach has been applied in the Studio. Here, the focal point is the preparation counter. The lighting levels are generally lower due to the lighter finishes on the walls and ceiling, and to promote the 180o views out to the city.

Project Credits:

Client: Passion F&B Management Consultancies
Interior Designer: Modo Milano
MEP Consultant: Akins

Kerridge’s Bar & Grill, Corinthia Hotel London, UK

We were delighted to be commissioned by Corinthia London to work with David Collins Studio on the new Kerridge’s Bar & Grill at the Corinthia, which has already received fabulous reviews and is clearly one of the most important restaurant openings in London this year.

David Collins Studio worked closely with Tom Kerridge to transform the space into a sumptuous and atmospheric dining room and bar that was in keeping with the whole ethos of Britishness that Tom wanted for his first restaurant in London.

dpa worked very closely with Simon Rawlings and the team at David Collins Studio from the concept to the final setup, crafting the lighting design. Painting the ceiling dark green and removing the huge chandeliers that were in the space was carefully considered to change the emphasis of the room, bringing all the life, decoration and sparkle down to the lower human levels of both the dining room and bar area. Additional layers have been added with art including two large bronze sculptures by Beth Cullen-Kerridge and three pieces by Robi Walters, as well as the introduction of illuminated gantries over the bar and rotisserie areas.

Each table, the artwork, and bar are lit by a series of narrow beam spotlights above apertures in each ceiling bay. At low level there are various decorative lighting elements and integrated architectural lighting throughout the spaces. Each component is separately controlled and dimmed to create the perfect balance visually in the space day and night. As with many of our projects candles are as important, if not more important than all the other lighting elements providing that soft dancing light across the tables and brushing people’s faces with a warm glow. The whole space has a beautiful softness and warmth both during the day and at night.

Client: Corinthia London
Interior Design: David Collins Studio
Artwork: Beth Cullen-Kerridge and Robi Walters
Photography: Cristian Barnett and Kensington Leverne

Masala Zone Covent Garden, London, UK

MW Eat own and operate three fine dining restaurants and several Masala Zone establishments across London, providing sophisticated informal dining with authentic Indian cuisine. dpa has been working closely with MW Eat for the last 15 years, not only are they passionate about authentic food but the group’s passion extends to all aspects of their restaurants, which is what makes them so special.

Featured here are images of Masala Zone Covent Garden with the incredibly colourful Rajasthan puppets dramatically uplit, the vibrant bar with carefully integrated layers of light, and focused pools of light on each table exposing the visual delights of the food as it is served. The eclectic decorative chandeliers, small pendants and wall lights add important layers of decorative illumination to the various spaces, and sophistication to the visual experience.

The lighting is grouped with many layers individually controlled to create the perfect balance of drama and warmth throughout the day and into the evening. The lighting changes automatically and with unperceivable fades from one scene to another.

Owner: MW Eat – Namita Panjabi, Camellia Panjabi and Ranjit Mathrani
Interior Designer: Design Wilkes
Architect: Anthony Richardson & Partners
Photography: Courtesy of MW Eat

Ramusake, Dubai, UAE

Ramusake at the Hilton Doubletree is the first appearance of the exciting London brand in Dubai, courtesy of the Mahiki Group. Situated at a prime location in Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina, the restaurant’s expansive terrace, offers incredible views over the Bluewater Island Development and the soon-to-be-completed observation wheel, the Ain Dubai.

Offering a specialised menu of Japanese classics with a refreshingly modern twist, the restaurant captures the ‘Isakaya” dining concept perfectly. Taking inspiration from Shōwa era, (1920’s) Tokyo, the venue’s interior design and lighting serve to accentuate and reinforce the food offering creating an encompassing, authentic dining experience.

The restaurant feels very elemental. Fire, steam, smoke, and spectacle is provided by the centrepiece Robata Grille. Ice, within the large fresh fish displays, Water in the views of the Arabian Gulf, and Air, through the entirely retractable glass façade. These elements combine with the material and finishes palette, aged concrete, charred timber, and hand-painted Japanese artworks, to transport the guest to another location and time.

From conception to final site stages, dpa lighting consultants provided creative and technical guidance throughout. The original concept brief was to create an intimate, dramatic lit environment, incorporating authentic Japanese elements through the use of traditional “Chouchin” and “Tsuri Dourou” lamps. Collaborating closely with the Interior Designer, concepts were also developed for an impressive, oversized abacus suspended at high level above the main dining space.

Working within the existing site conditions, and in collaboration with the Interior Designer, dpa implemented a strategy to provide spotlighting highlights to the dining tables and artworks, with lit emphasis and focus provided at the open show kitchen and the main Sake bar. A combination of high-level, mid-level and low-level lighting techniques were used, building up layers of accentuation to create a balanced lit environment. Ambient light levels were kept very low, to enhance the intimacy and theatre of the space. Through the specification of discreet equipment and integrated detailing, the lit effect takes centre stage, rather than the lighting equipment.

At the terrace, accentuation was sparingly provided to the central feature tree, surrounding planting dividers and artworks, ensuring that the main focus is reserved for the spectacular views out.

Overall, the Lighting Design, Interior Design and restaurant concept have combined very cohesively to create a successful and popular finished project, which stays true to the design aspirations set out within the original concept.


Owner / Operator: Mahiki Group, London
Interior Designer:  MY Studio, Dubai
M&E Consultant: Sunstar Technical Services LLC, Dubai
Project Manager: Studio International Engineering Consultants, Dubai
Photography: Taken by dpa lighting consultants FZ LLC with the kind permission of Ramusake

Yosma, Baker Street, London, UK

Yosma is a recently opened Turkish Meyhane, Mangal & Raki Bar in Baker Street, London. Designed by Afroditi Krassa Studio Yosma is the concept of Levent Buyukugur and Sanjay Nandi of the Good Food Society and Executive Chef Hus Vedat.

Inspired by the streets of Istanbul, Afroditi Krassa’s design has injected heart and soul into every corner of the Bar/Restaurant providing opportunity for the lighting design to enhance and accent the interiors while creating a comfortable and honest ambience with theatre from the chefs ‘on stage’ to the rear of the restaurant.

Photography courtesy of Yosma

Tamba, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Located at the World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi, Tamba is a brand new Indian inspired dining experience with a contemporary twist. The owners Purple Honey, together with interior designers LW Group, have created a unique and stylish experience within the loft-style setting. An abundance of decorative handmade lighting pendants and oversize bells form the spectacle of the interior, with individual spaces designed to cater for the casual to the intimate. The rich and intricate theme of the interior flows onto the terrace where diners can enjoy the views of the Capital City in a sensual environment.

dpa had the pleasure of being invited to join the design team and work closely with the Client and Interior Designers to develop a lighting scheme that would reinforce identity and help bring an emotive quality to the establishment.

Many important considerations needed to be addressed while designing the lighting, in particular the daytime and evening operating hours. With the amount of daylight entering the space, the feel of the restaurant dramatically changes throughout the day into late evening. Therefore, the lighting needed to address this balance while retaining the focus on areas of interest and excitement; this was achieved by layering the lighting so that different elements could come into play as the natural daylight dissipated. Concealed LED was used predominantly throughout to provide accent to the decorative screens, niches, and artwork. Tungsten Halogen was decided for soft illumination of the dining tables because of the warm colour, dimming and most importantly to show case the exquisite food. A touch of theatre is introduced to the terrace with strategically placed gobo pattern projectors, to complement the surroundings, and generous use of natural candle light.

All of the lighting is operated by a control system to allow the necessary scenes and seamless transition through the day and night.

Client and Operator: Purple Honey
Project Manager: Al Fara’a Interiors
Interior Designer: LW Design Group


Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay, Dubai, UAE

In the heart of Dubai’s Business Bay district, close to the Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall, the newly opened 5-star Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay Dubai meets the demands of both leisure and business travellers. This cosmopolitan hotel with a German touch is the first property from the brand in the GCC region, featuring elegant and stylish designs combined with German precision and efficiency.

dpa lighting consultants provided the lighting design for all of the internal public & guest areas, working closely with the Interior Designers at LW Design Group on the entrance lobby, reception, lobby lounge, meeting rooms, ballroom, fitness suite and Spa. Together with guestrooms and suites which enjoy stunning views over the bay, the interior design and lighting design worked hand in hand for the restaurants, bars and cafés.

The lighting design brings together and showcases the stylish palette of materials and finishes, whilst providing a sense of space and continuity through the connecting areas. The overriding design approach to the lighting was to limit the down lighting and play to the architectural features of the spaces by integrating lighting into key interior and architectural detailing and concealing the light equipment as much as possible.

Functionality of the lighting is also key, with all areas designed with energy efficient light sources in maintainable locations and controlled by intelligent lighting control systems to change the emphasis and atmosphere at different times of the day.

Client: Abdulsalam Al Rafi Group
Operator: Steigenberger Hotels
Project Manager: ArchGroup
Interior Designer: LW Design Group
M&E Consultant: Al Tayer

Finz , Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Finz at the Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi is a recent refurbishment of an old favourite fish restaurant in the Capital City. Offering inventive and exquisite dining in a chic, modern setting with romantic views across the water, Finz is a firm destination for those wanting a rich and enjoyable evening experience.

The main structure of the restaurant was retained during the refurbishment, but the feel and movement of the space was redesigned. The brief for the lighting design was to lift what was previously a dark interior and help reinforce the new modern and open voluminous space. A desire was expressed by both the hotel operator and interior designers to keep the ceiling free form clutter, and any lighting equipment introduced had to be minimal and discreet. The challenge for the lighting was therefore threefold: provide functional lighting for the day and evening, create a warm, inviting focus-driven lighting scheme, and to be as simple and elegant as possible. In addition, emphasis had to be given to the show kitchen and DJ station while keeping an overall balance and harmony.

To provide a sense of space and volume to the interior, linear LED profiles were routed into the existing roof supporting structures gently washing the ceiling in warm white light. All of the profiles and wiring were completely concealed from view. Very discreet, elegant, colour-matched, suspended spotlights were introduced in key areas to accent light the tables and provide a low circulation level of light. Additionally, supplementary colour-matched surface mounted spotlights were located in the beams for highlighting to artwork and features. Display, shelf and wine lighting were carefully integrated to be completely concealed and to provide lighting just where it was required.

On the exterior terrace, the lighting was kept deliberately to a minimum to preserve the views out across the water. Candles are predominantly used on the tables, with miniature brass spotlights tucked up in the overhang to raise the light level if required. The surrounding glass balustrade has a custom concealed LED edge lighting detail to provide a soft boundary to the terrace.

Because of the nature of the project and the number of different lighting techniques, product and lamp selection was very important to ensure a colour consistency across the spaces, and also to ensure the best dimming compatibility with the lighting control system.

Client and Operator: Rotana
Project Manager: Beach Rotana
Interior Designer: LW Design Group


Estiatorio Milos Restaurant,
London, UK

Estiatorio Milos Restaurant London is the 6th restaurant from the acclaimed chef Costas Spiliadis who’s attention to every detail of his restaurant was the starting point for the lighting design of the restaurant.

The primary importance for the lighting was to light the food well and not compromise on fashion or gimmick for decoration as the food at the market and table was to be the focus. The interior did however have to provide visual comfort and harmony with the Crown Estate listed building ‘envelope’ which offered opportunities to enhance from the external gated entrance to the double height space of the main restaurant space (Images 1 & 2).

Working with Canadian Architect Alain Carle who designed the elegantly refined interior spaces as backdrops to the ‘theatre’ of the restaurant. The lighting played an essential part in bringing the spaces to life with theatrical lighting accent to the food and tables, bars and displays which reinforce the visual focus and interest.

The Studio Pendant Orb from Neidhardt is a striking feature connecting the ground floor to the mezzanine and inspired as glowing jellyfish floating within the restaurant. Carefully and discreetly integrated within the ceiling details is recessed track lighting aimed through and down to the tables below. (Images 1 & 2).

Client: Costas Spiliadis
Operator: Estiatorio Milos
Project Manager: Keytask Management Ltd
Architect and Interior Designer: Alain Carle Architecte
Base Build: JM Architects
M&E Consultant: TEI Electrical Contractors

Photography courtesy of James Newton 

Four Seasons Hotel, Casablanca, Morocco

Fronting the Atlantic Ocean, the new intimately scaled Four Seasons Casablanca offers a resort style hotel, blending textured sand-coloured contemporary architecture with a modern Moroccan interior. dpa worked closely with GA Design International, London to design the main public areas including the ‘Mint’ tea lounge and EDG Design, California for the design of the ‘Bleu’ speciality restaurant and ‘Altitude 33’ pool bar.

Overlooking the oceanfront on the prestigious corniche, the hotel is part of the Anfa Place development, being the first master-planned construction on the White City’s shore. The guest experience is set off on arrival at the inspiring and sensational Porte Cochere, which consists of 1225 Moroccan shaped pots, each individually lit. The understated and discreet entrance then gives way to a majestic mix of interior spaces with a building geometry that is based around the linear courtyard and gardens.

Owner: Inveravante
Operator: Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Project Manager: MACE
Master Planning Architect of Anfa Place: Foster + Partners
Local Architect: Sens Archi
Landscape Architect: Arge
Interior Designer: GA Design (main Public Areas including the ‘Mint’ Tea Lounge) and EDG Design (‘Bleu’ Speciality Restaurant and ‘Altitude 33’ Pool Bar)
Electrical Contractor: Elecnor
Photography: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts


Chutney Mary, London, UK


Established in 1990, Chutney Mary pioneered the concept of contemporary Indian dining in London. Newly relocated to the heart of the West End, the refurbishment of 73 St James’s by MW Eat was a carefully orchestrated project that drew upon 25 years of experience, delivering quintessential Indian cuisine from fine dining to informal. The interior design by DESIGNWILKES brings together an exotic champagne and cocktail bar, glamorous restaurant, and two private dining rooms.

The brief was to provide the highest quality of light in a way that provided drama and contrast across a range of different materials and finishes. In addition, the qualities of ambience, warmth, and high quality smooth dimming to a very low level were paramount. To achieve all the necessary lighting characteristics, a combination of low voltage halogen and LED light sources were utilised in a variety of lighting layers and integrated lighting details. With the LED light sources, it was critical to use the best possible dimmable drivers to achieve the optimum low-end dimming for these sources. Decorative luminaires in the form of pendants and wall lights contributed to a strong interior aesthetic, and the overall visual quality was further enhanced with many candles which were used throughout the restaurant, to give a warm, romantic additional layer of low level ambient lighting.

All the lighting was controlled through a programmable dimming system with a variety of lighting scenes set up for different times of day and special events. One of the many challenges faced was balancing these scenes against the changing seasonal natural daylight, in particular for the front bar area. Much time was spent getting the best optimum balance of lighting to present the restaurant in the best possible light!

Owner: MW Eat – Namita Panjabi, Camellia Panjabi and Ranjit Mathrani
Interior Designer: Design Wilkes
Architect: Anthony Richardson & Partners

The Place, Tainan

The Place, Tainan is an interesting hotel in Downtown Tainan’s East District conceived by the Dutch Architects Mecanoo and Client Hotel Royal Group. It  reflects and connects with the local culture, city and landscape and is beautifully presented with a contemporary ‘Dutch twist’ on the design. The result is a vibrant and stunning guest experience from the Reception Lobby, Cafe and shop at Ground Level through to the upper levels of restaurants, bar, meeting and gallery spaces as well as the stunningly simple and stylish rooms.

Natural daylight was in abundance so lighting control was an important lighting component and provides the seamless transition from day to night in all areas.

The rooms are modest but appear spacious with lighting ‘floating’ various planes and volumes to provide visual interest and define the sleep, relax and work zones. The dark materials are also offset with lighting to add further drama to the spaces at night.

For the public areas , dpa worked closely with Mecanoo to develop an overall lighting approach with lighting concealed where volume and planes needed separating and softening as backdrops to very human spaces with decorative elements providing soft intimate focus or dramatic accent to objects and materials.

The result is an impressive working of materials , planes and volumes that connect and float with lighting playing an integral part to their harmony.

Client: Royal Management Consultant Co, Ltd
Operator: Hotel Royal Group
Architect and Interior Designer: Mecanoo

Four Seasons Hotel, Gresham Palace, Budapest – Kollázs Brasserie & Bar

The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest is a historical landmark that combines the luxurious comforts of the 21st century with the elegance of the past, it is considered by many to be the best hotel in Hungary. The Hotel appointed dpa to design the lighting and work with EDG Design when they embarked upon the development and launch of their new restaurant.

The Kollázs Brasserie & Bar is a contemporary European brasserie in a vibrant location, overlooking the Chain Bridge and the Danube River. The decorative interior makes many historical references through beautiful details, sensitively selected artwork, furniture and materials. A mixed palette of concealed, integrated lighting, decorative luminaires and discreet downlighting sympathetically provides the elements to create a vibrant and welcoming restaurant. Along with the dining rooms, the restaurant features an elegant Patisserie, dramatic Rotisserie and striking Bar design, all of which are enhanced with carefully coordinated lighting.

The restaurant is in operation all day from early breakfast to late night cocktails. In response to this flexible use, the lighting changes through the day to best suit the service at any particular time with the bright and fresh daytime scenes to a more intimate dining experience in the evening. The Bar becomes the main attraction after dinner when the lighting provides focus to the bespoke furniture and sparkling glassware creating a cosy and relaxed place to enjoy a late drink.




Bentley Restaurant, Abu Dhabi, UAE

When visiting the Galleria Mall on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, no one would expect to find a cosy European bistro and bar with French-inspired cuisine between all the glamorous shopping outlets.

The Bentley Bistro & Bar identifies itself with a prominent sign at the entrance and the obscured glass front just leaves you with a suggestion of what awaits behind it. Through the double doors you enter an extended space with a heritage-driven interior scheme, designed by the Interior Designer and name giver Jon Bentley of Harrisons, Realising Creative Environments.

During the design development dpa worked closely together with the operator Food Fund and the interior designer to achieve a unique and remarkable interior. The lighting is visual, dominated by the various custom-selected decorative pendants, wall lights and table lamps. It still was of importance to provide sufficient functional lighting to the tables and bar area, without affecting the moody ambience of the bistro and by minimising the view of lighting equipment. At the slatted ceiling, suspended spotlights, hidden between the beams, provide focal glow to the tables underneath.

Concealed linear lighting complements the carefully selected materials at the low partitions and seating furniture where, at the raised level lounge, linear uplighting enhances the texture of the red brick wall.

Bentley’s opens its doors from the morning to the evening. The beautiful day lit terrace invites the guests to have a cup of coffee in the sunshine, while in the evening they can enjoy a delicious cocktail at the feature bar. Without disrespect to the cultural sensitivity to alcohol, discreet lighting has been integrated to the bottle display at the back bar to provide a focal point within the scheme. The lighting has been concealed within the display to highlight the bottle labels, when the louvers are open and to create a subtle glow, when louvers are closed.

Client, Operator and Project Manager: Food Fund International
Interior Designer: Harrison

Mint Leaf of London, Dubai, UAE

Recently, the Mint Leaf of London restaurant opened its doors in the heart of Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC), at the 15th floor of the Emirates Financial Towers, South Tower. With a fine selection of authentic Indian cuisine and panoramic views of the city, the restaurant promises a truly exceptional gastronomic experience.

During the entire design process, dpa worked closely with the Interior Designers LW Design. The rich and varied materials of the interior space reflect the high quality aspirations of the Client. The biggest challenge for the lighting was to design a scheme of minimal visibility that complements the interior and dark finishes without obscuring the stunning view of the city, but still providing sufficient lighting for the show kitchens and dining tables.

The intricate petals of the high ceiling have been emphasised with linear LED and within their recessed slots, spotlights have been concealed from direct view to keep the ceiling as clean as possible. Concealed lighting and a high number of discreet uplights have been installed throughout to highlight the beauty in the details. Hanging seating chairs have been accentuated by the use of miniature downlights. The evenly backlit bar counter and large graphic panels provide focal points and scale to the space. Carefully chosen decorative light fixtures give the interior ambience its individual touch.

The complete lighting scheme is dimmable and controlled through an automatic architectural lighting control system to suit different locations and timings.

Client: Mint Leaf of London
Interior Designer: LW Design Group
Photography: LW Design Group

Le Royal Meridien, Abu Dhabi, UAE

The combination of carefully integrated lighting equipment within the interior fabric and the use of decorative human scale lighting elements such as table lamps and floor standing lamps has resulted in a visually stimulating hotel interior. The balance between varying lighting techniques in terms of their detailing and the intensity of light being emitted from them was a pre-requisite in the early stages of the lighting design process.

The resultant effect is one of a harmonious lit environment in which the interior architecture is sympathetically expressed with artificial light.

Client: Abu Dhabi Royal Family
Operator: Le Royal Méridien
Project Manager: Tailored Business Solutions
Architect: LW Design Group
Interior Designer: LW Design Group
M&E Consultant: WME Consultants


Yuan Chinese Restaurant, Dubai, UAE

Yuan Restaurant is the latest dining destination at the world-renowned Atlantis Palm Jumeirah. The restaurant is contemporary Chinese with a traditional twist, offering modern food with time-honoured traditions. This philosophy is carried throughout the interior spaces to bring an exciting and elegant experience to Yuan’s guests.

dpa had the pleasure of being part of the design team to design the interior lighting to the front of house spaces.

The space is varied with multi-levels of materials, vistas and areas of focus. The lighting needed to be totally discreet and complement the space without being obvious, but at the same time provide the ambience, accent and functional lighting the restaurant required. The restaurant features different layers of surfaces, with a variety of defined materials and colour palettes . A main objective and briefing for dpa was to work with the least possible numbers of luminaires mounted in the ceiling, and to use concealed lighting where possible to add to the ambience without compromising the focus and interest of the space.

A key consideration when designing a project of this nature is the specification of an Architectural Lighting Control System. This enables programming and balancing of all lighting elements, not only according to the time of the day, but to the time of the season.
The lighting control system controls a number of luminaire groups balanced and programmed according to the time of day and night. There are a number of preset scenes for the daytime, lunch time dining, early and late night.

Client: Kerzner
Operator: Atlantis The Palm Limited
Architect: Noor
Interior Designer: Steve Leung Designers
M&E Consultant : Crown House Technology UAE LLC


Elements Restaurant, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Elements Restaurant at The Four Seasons Riyadh offers a variety of cuisines throughout the day and night. Unlike most All Day Eateries this facility provides the highest quality of food in luxurious and visually stimulating surroundings. There are a variety of different show kitchens offering different cuisines all displayed and prepared beautifully.

The lighting has been carefully conceived as part of the overall design philosophy with the show kitchens and displays having a dramatic and theatrical quality with eating areas enjoying intimacy. The lighting consists of a combination of elements, integrated light within counters at low level, integrated light within high-level canopies and cornices, highlighting of displays and tables with narrow beam spotlights, and a variety of decorative luminaires.

All the lighting is connected to a computer controlled pre-set scene-setting system that has been carefully organised to provide the perfect atmosphere at each moment of the day and night.