GRAND PARK HOTEL ROVINJ

How to illuminate
a Seafront Beach hotel

Published on Sep 16, 2020

Credits: Grand Park Hotel di Rovinj (Croatia)
Architectural Project: 3HLD Studio
Lighting Project: Luks d.o.o.


Light enhances waterfront architecture and allows it to stand out from darkness. This is what happens in Rovinj, where the new 5* Grand Park Hotel 5 development interacts in style with the adjacent ACI Marina, transferring a coherent lighting scheme with the aim of offering discerning customers the highest level of comfort. A sensory journey, that takes guests from the hotel to the waterfront and then back again, in a project designed specifically to brighten the peaceful evenings spent on the prestigious promenade.

 

Nestled in a fragrant pine forest on the seafront overlooking St Katarina Island and the charming old town of Rovinj, lies the Grand Park Hotel, a luxurious 5* hotel designed by the Croatian Studio 3LHD in collaboration with the famous Italian architect Piero Lissoni for its interior design. This represent an important refurbishment of an old hotel built in the 70s, which is part of the wider redevelopment of the ACI Marina nearby.

The Grand Park Hotel has 209 rooms on six terraced floors, which are staggered and that gradually descend towards the city waterfront creating terraces full of Mediterranean gardens. A relaxing atmosphere is created by water surfaces, carefully selected flooring and vegetation, which frame the living spaces and make the whole area attractive and accessible

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Right from the start, this project has been defined as a "natural continuation of its environment". From an architectural point of view, the hotel was designed to maintain and enhance the existing forest and the wonderful view of the waterfront, while the task of the lighting designers was to make the place magical at night, using diffused but discreet light.

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The Lighting Concept: a path made of comfortable light.

The lighting design requirement was to create a lighting effect that did not dazzle or disturb the yachts moored in the marina, while at the same time providing uniformity of light for both pedestrians and yachtsmen. A very high level of visual comfort had to go hand in hand with solid and resistant lighting fixtures against humidity an aggressive saline environment, with the possibility of limiting energy consumption and maintenance as much as possible. At the same time, a homogeneous lighting scheme between of the Hotel and the existing ACI Marina just nearby was essential, so to create a coherent sensory path for the tourists passing through.

A varied set of expectations, to which the products of the SIMES range were able to give a concrete answer.

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Lighting of the ACI MARINA

The seafront promenade is the imaginary line that determines the passage between the darkness of the harbor, with its boats silently moored, and the bustling life on the mainland all around the hotel. On the seafront, the Simes Ghost steplight perfectly fits inside the gardens, which are also used as benches, without leaving exposed parts that could be subject to corrosion or vandalism. A perfect product to ensure absolute durability in this saline environment. The lighting body, for which a color temperature of 3000K was chosen, melts inside the concrete, disappearing completely when the day comes.

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The Slot pole-top, on the other hand, illuminates the walkway from above, producing a diffused light that is well directed downwards. A night-time reduction of the light intensity is envisaged, which maximizes their efficiency and improves energy savings. They have a color temperature of 3000K just similar to the underlying Ghost Steplights. When the day comes, their clean and rounded design fits with charm into the context of the marina.

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And then, going up to the hotel, the Walker steplights are recessed in the side walls of the stairs that lead you to the hotel.

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Suit continues the light path capturing the scene. Suit is a surface drive-over that allows you to illuminate driveway areas with no housing needed, making installation very easy.

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The project of the Grand Park Hotel and the adjacent ACI Marina is a very significant example of how light can totally change living spaces, adding value. In collaboration with the investors and the architect, our partner and contact person for the Croatian market LUKS d.o.o. was chosen as a lighting and design consultant. The various proposals have been analyzed over a long period: 3 years have passed from the conceptual design to the execution: which means that a good lighting project must be the result of competence, experience and technique and that no result can be obtained without these important set of skills.

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