Susan Lake Lighting Design have designed a lighting scheme for renowned architects Aukett Swanke's Sensory Orientated Sleep Set concept hotel guest room, creating an immersive sensory experience for the guest. This has been achieved by developing a unified lighting and interior design scheme, in which the lighting compliments and emphasises the form of the space, whilst creating an inviting and relaxing environment for the guest.
The majority of all the sensory receptors in the body are located in the eyes, therefore lighting has a significant impact on our sensory perception of a space. In order to achieve a soft, engulfing environment the lighting has been integrated into the interior details to conceal the light source allowing only the light effect to be visible. This creates a subtle and considered design that allows the guest’s visual sense to fully immerse in their surroundings without any disturbance from harsh glare by light sources. Throughout the bedroom and social space linear LED has been integrated into the wall cavity at floor level to wash light up the walls.
A slightly brighter environment has been created in the social area, with linear LED concealed under the bench to light onto the floor, whilst the bedroom area is darker and more intimate. The bed itself becomes a feature through the use of an indirect linear LED creating a soft halo of light around the perimeter of the sunken bed. This allows the guest to feel cocooned and embraced with light, whilst thin bedside pendants symbolise icicles dripping down from the roof of a cave.
The steps from the social space to the bedroom continue to form a sculptural multifunctional piece of furniture taking inspiration from rock formations in the landscape. This concept was reinforced by the use of lighting. Linear LED lighting was integrated into the steps and under the furniture piece to create glowing panels in between dark edges of staggered floor planes.
The lighting can be controlled by the guest allowing them to create different light scenes appropriate to the time of day. This allows them to adjust the different layers of light to suit their mood, to create a fresh environment in the morning and a warm environment in the evening. The guest not only has the ability to create mood lighting, they can change the colour of the artificial lighting to mimic daylight, allowing their visual sense to adjust to a new time zone if they have travelled internationally. This can be used by the guest to alter their circadian rhythm and tune to match the colour of daylight at the hotel’s location or match the daylight of an alternative time zone. This technology can help to reduce the guest’s jetlag.
With consideration to the main space lighting, in the bathroom, the focus has been on highlighting the different finishes and feel, creating a contrasting experience in this room. This allows the guest to become absorbed in another immersive environment.
The jewel-like cave inspired bathroom with reflective faceted walls and reflective ceiling and floor creates a kaleidoscopic effect, emphasised with the use of small delicate point source fibre optic lighting which reflects on all the surrounding surfaces amplifying the jewel cave concept.
The success of the scheme is down to a true collaboration between Aukett Swanke and Susan Lake Lighting Design. Through this collaboration, SLLD was able to create a lighting design that has the ability to transform the atmosphere of the space through the manipulation of light.