One Incredible Lighting Design

Winners of the 2010 Light & Architecture Design Awards were officially announced in the most recent issue of Architectural Lighting.

There were a number of amazing designs, but I wanted to share my favorite: the W Hotel Ft. Lauderdale, which received Outstanding Achievement, Whole Building. Lighting designers from Washington, D.C.-based MCLA collaborated with Adache Group Architects on the project.

“Flying” candle fixtures above the fountain accentuate the low ambient light levels at the entrance of the hotel.

Flexible LED fixtures are mounted on the ceiling and walls of a pool table lounge. Through the perforated corten panels, light shines through.

Through the stair enclosure in the center of the pool, guests can walk back down into the lobby. This is the only feature illuminated at night, ensuring protection of the sea turtles.

The Whiskey Blue bar at the hotel features brass tubes suspended from the ceiling with blue LEDs.

According to Scott Guenther, senior designer at MCLA, “The lighting design was intended to enhance the relaxing beach environment and provide guests with a few unique, playful moments – both indoors and out.”

What do you think – did they succeed?

Emily Widle

Emily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.

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