The lighting scheme at a boutique hotel in Iran has been shortlisted for one of the world’s most prestigious honours .
The Saraye Ameriha Boutique Hotel in Kashan has been shortlisted in the heritage project of the year category of the highly-respected Lighting Design Awards 2016.
The stunning installation will now be assessed by the global judging panel which includes world-famous lighting designers Howard Brandston and Roger Narboni and light artist Steven Scott.
Restoration of the spectacular cultural heritage site – which is operating as a museum of architecture and craftsmanship – began in 1993 and the hotel opened last year.
The lighting concept was to create a ‘jewel of night’, highlighting the distinctive architectural and decorative motifs, while allowing visitors to appreciate the volume and depth of the 800-year-old protected building. The emphasis was on seamlessly integrating the lighting throughout the spaces and using indirect light where possible. Linear LED light with beam angles between 25 and 60 degrees provide uplighting for both external and internal spaces.
Each building has internal garden courtyards surrounded by decorative walls. Using light, the water feature in each courtyard became a mirror, reflecting the illuminated Iwans, the three-sided vaulted spaces common in Persian architecture.
The highest structure, the Badgir – a natural air-vent system used for cooling the spaces – was illuminated from the inside to create a lantern effect, using LED projectors.
- The winners of the Lighting Design Awards 2016 will be announced in a red-carpet ceremony on Thursday 5 May at a spectacular ceremony at the London Hilton Park Lane.
- Hear from top lighting designers exhibiting and speaking at the LuxLive Middle East 2016 conference and exhibition on Wednesday 13 April and Thursday 14 April at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Entry is free if you pre-register at www.luxlive.co.uk.