VISO Inc. continues its impressive string of projects in the world of luxury hospitality by design-engineering a full custom hotel lighting solution for the stunning Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya.
The Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya is a part of a glittering new two-tower complex that is close to many business and leisure amenities. Working closely with the team at internationally acclaimed design firm, Yabu Pushelberg, VISO design-engineered and manufactured a huge array of custom hotel lighting solutions for the property.
The design team at Yabu Pushelberg provided VISO with their ideas and inspirations, including sketches and images, to help our team create the fixtures YP envisioned for the property. While some of the sketches were very specific and included measurements and material requirements, some of the sketches simply indicated the inspiration and design intent. We knew that the Four Seasons and Yabu Pushelberg stood for the best of the best and therefore, we knew that our task was to create a luxurious and timeless design to support the interior elements.
VISO’s work can be found in the restaurants, business lounge, ballrooms, meeting rooms, pool area, hallways and common areas. Utilizing elements such as brass, glass and resin, VISO created stunning custom hotel lighting fixtures, including the brass chandelier that hangs in the lobby lounge. Other fixtures include custom ceiling installations on the ground and first floor, which utilize similar fixtures as the VISO Chestnut, rectangular pendant clusters in the meeting rooms, which utilize similar fixtures as the VISO Briggs, four large dome pendants in the first floor business lounge, a custom steel pendant lamp on the fourth floor dining area, a dandelion suspension lamp on the ground floor, geometric brass pedants in Elements Restaurant and glass and metal lanterns in the pool and spa area.
One of the main challenges was to create fixtures that met the size and the scale of the hotel. For example, the main chandelier presented one of our first challenges. Due to its unique design, the design and engineering team needed to work together to achieve balance in the structure’s architecture. The chandelier was designed with individual L-shaped pieces: if the pieces were not put together correctly, it would pose a structural risk to the chandelier as a whole. For this reason, the specific size and placement of each L-shaped piece needed to be calculated accordingly to find the precise joining/suspension point in order to achieve structural balance and symmetry in the space.
Another challenge was in the business centre of the hotel. The room has a low ceiling and the client wanted to have four dome fixtures that can absorb the noise over each meeting table. This way, meetings conducted in the room could not be overheard and privacy could be retained. At the same time, Yabu Pushelberg wanted the fixtures to have a metal finish, be manufactured in one piece and to have indirect light emanating from it.
VISO’s team of designers and engineers came up with a new way to create a light that met all these requirements. They came up with a solution to create four extra-large domes made out of special acoustic resin to suspend over each meeting table. Next, the fixtures were finished with a special paint that proved challenging to apply. The paint, if finished properly, gives the carbon fiber the perfect metal finish. Finally, LEDs were installed inside the cove of the dome to provide a metallic glow, and on the top of the fixture to illuminate the ceiling with a soft glow. The result was a perfectly finished dome that met all the requirements.
On top of the technical challenges, there were cultural and communication challenges as well. VISO worked with the local team to coordinate site visits and installation and we had to make sure that nothing got lost in translation in order to ensure a smooth delivery and installation process.
A project of this size and scope poses many challenges in relation to lighting. By drawing on its extensive design and manufacturing experience creating exceptional custom lighting solutions with production facilities in Canada and Portugal, VISO delivered a full custom hotel lighting solution for the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait.
CUSTOM LIGHT DETAILS
CUSTOM BRASS CHANDELIER
The large brass structure that hangs from the ceiling in the lobby lounge is constructed from rectangular brass tubes and features a hand-made hairline bronze finish.
The chandelier is lit with 1,241 2W integral LEDs with remote drivers located in the ceiling. VISO conducted gravitational studies to ensure proper alignment of each branch. There are no visible screws and each LED board is covered with a sand-frosted crystal cylinder and finished with an anti-static solution.
CUSTOM CEILING INSTALLATION
Two custom ceiling installations can be found in the hotel – one on the ground floor and one on the first floor. Each cluster contains 231 brass plates which come in five different organic shapes.
Each plate is made from brass and features a champagne finish. It sits on a gimbal which allows the plate to rotate 360˚ and tilt 20˚ left and right. Each fixtures is lit by a 4” LED board covered by a prismatic milk acrylic diffuser. A similar fixture, the Chestnut, is part of the VISO Bronze Collection.
Stems: 6.9”/175mm to 23”/585mm
Plates diameter: 11.8”/300mm, 13.8”/350mm, 15.7”/400mm
DOME PENDANTS IN FIRST FLOOR BUSINESS LOUNGE
Four dome pendants are found in the business lounge on the first floor of the hotel.
The fixtures are finished with a metallic coat and made from a special acoustic resin. Each dome is suspended by four aircraft cables from the ceiling and lit by an LED strip that runs around the base and the top of the fixture.
Bottom diameter: 86”/2185mm
Top diameter: 43.3”/1100mm
PENDANT CLUSTERS IN MEETING ROOMS
VISO created six custom rectangular pendant clusters for the meeting and board rooms at the Four Seasons; three containing seven pendants and three containing ten pendants.
Made from steel and finished in plated hairline bronze, each pendant is lit with a full size LED board specially developed and produced for this fixture. A similar fixture, Briggs, is part of the VISO Bronze Collection.
Width: 5.9”/150mm to 25.6”/650mm,
Length: 13.8”/350mm to 33.5”/850mm
Height: H 3.9”/100mm
FOURTH FLOOR DINING AREA
A custom steel pendant lamp is found in the private dining area on the fourth floor of the Four Seasons Hotel.
Made from blackened steel with a hammered textured finish, the lamp is lit with a XICATO LED and has a white acrylic diffuser inside.
DANDELION SUSPENSION PENDANT
The dandelion pendant is located on the ground floor ballroom entrance of the Four Seasons.
The fixture is made with 1,099 brass tubes in blackened steel. 85 of the tubes hold a G4 socket with a 10W G4 halogen lamp. They are powered by 3 magnetic transformers controlled by a remote. The core of the fixture is a 19.6”/500mm diameter steel globe with 85 wire connections inside.
Tubes Length: 29.5”/700mm to 35.4”/950mm
Tubes Thickness: 0.1”/4mm to 0.4”/10mm
For Elements Restaurant, VISO created five custom geometric pendants in three different shapes from solid brass metal rods finished in dark bronze.
The fixtures are mounted on the ceiling via custom canopies and black electrical wires of varying lengths. Each fixture is lit with 7 G9 20W halogen bulbs.
VISO designed-engineered and manufactured custom glass pendants in three different sizes for the pool area of the hotel.
The glass pendants feature metal details with a hairline bronze finish and have been specially treated to withstand the humidity of the pool area. They have leather straps connecting the pendants to the rings on the top and bottom and a square rod that is mounted to the ceiling via a bronze metal canopy. Each fixture is lit with 2 XICATO hi-power LEDs.
ABOUT VISO INC.
VISO is a global multidisciplinary design and manufacturing firm specializing in unique decorative light fixtures focusing on Architecture & Design with offices and facilities in Canada, Portugal and Dubai. The company serves the hospitality, commercial, infrastructure and residential sectors and offers an exclusive brand collection as well as custom designs, rendering services and project consultation.
Led by founder and Head Designer Filipe Lisboa and Managing Partner, Tzetzy Naydenova, the couple have bound their efforts in design, production, management and marketing to build a strong, reputable and unique fashion forward lighting company.
Proudly Canadian, VISO’s headquarter is located in downtown Toronto. The company designs, manufactures, assembles and inspects all fixtures and custom lighting in its state-of-the-art production facilities.
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