In this reflective essay I assess the lightning scheme of the W Lounge & Bar of the W Hotel in London. The location got the design award for very good lightning in 2012 and in my opinion you can see and feel the high quality of the lightning scheme. As it can be seen at the two photographs the W Lounge & Bar has two zones – the lounge zone and the bar zone. The first photo shows the lounge zone by day and on the second picture the bar is shown by night-light.
Lightning scheme of the Lounge of the W Hotel in London
Starting with the lounge zone by day it can be seen on the photo that through the ceiling to floor high windows most of the general light is coming in. This natural general light is even supported by the mirror all along the wall at the opposite of the window front. So the day-light is reflected in that mirror and from the mirror also on the smooth dark grey marble floor. This general light is in addition supported with recessed downlights close to the window front and the mirror wall. At night they get a more important reason. They “wash” the walls and windows at the night.
The hang in ceiling / double ceiling has lights integrated in the interspace that spend an indirect light. This lights put an accent on the nicely shaped cut-out of the double ceiling. For sure this accent light gives also a general light.
The lounge has a second natural light source. The ingle surrounded by glass in the middle of the room spends a beautiful, warm colour decorative light. When you arrive earlier as your friend you can sit in the lounge and have a look at the fireplace. This relaxes most of the people and gives them a cosy feeling. That’s why it is so important that the fireplace is in the middle of the room. So it is a focus point from every point you sit in the room.
For me the W Lounge of the W Hotel in London has a very good lightning...