Luminapolis: Claus Sendlinger, you are founder and CEO of Design Hotels and specialist in integrated concepts of hospitality. The hotels have a leading position for the evolution of design. Hotels are something like “Lighthouses of modern living”. Are they also “Lighthouses” for lighting design?
Claus Sendlinger: Lighting is an integral part of a holistic concept for design hotels. Some hotels are definitely pioneers for lighting design and we’re continuing to see lots of innovation in this area.
Luminapolis: Do you know a hotel using light or lighting design as a theme?
Claus Sendlinger: The Nordic Light Hotel in Stockholm, the Kruisherenhotel in Maastricht and the Lanchid 19 in Budapest are examples of hotels with great lighting design. An important factor in Swedish life is the quality of local light, or the lack of it. Interior Designer Lars Pihl therefore incorporated this changing atmosphere into the Nordic Ligh Hotel. The light installations inside the Nordic Light Hotel fluctuate with the time of the day, the season or the guest’s mood. Another great lighting design project is at the Kruisherenhotel in Maastricht, which was formerly a monastery. Ingo Maurer was responsible for the lighting design and developed, among other elements, the designs for the entrance “tunnel,” the central lighting system over the entire axis of the church, the hall lighting and the outside lighting. Szövetség ’39 and Nextlab are the art designers of the moveable accordion-like glass façade of Lánchíd 19 hotel, further animated by the changing colours of an innovative lighting design concept. These two groups of young professionals, working on experimental developments, set up a workgroup of engineers, producers and co-artists for this project. The result is a dynamic facade, which lives together with its surroundings – a 21st century mural.
Luminapolis: What are the main mistake lighting designers can do in hotels?
Claus Sendlinger: The light concept should be adapted to the different areas of the hotel and thus cater to different moods. The biggest mistake a lighting designer can do is to create a light environment that does not fit to the concept of the hotel.
Luminapolis: Do think that Lighting is an important part for high-end hotel concepts in the future?
Claus Sendlinger: Yes, definitely. Light plays a crucial role in the hotel design environment. It can create a whole different experience, not just by visually enhancing certain design elements, but also in creating the right mood and atmosphere.
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