Avanti Hotel Apartments

Location: Dubai, UAE
Use: Hospitality - Commercial
Scope: FaÇade Lighting Design
Year: 2016

"Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light. Our eyes are made to see forms in light; light and shade reveal these forms; cubes, cones, spheres, cylinders or pyramids are the great primary forms which light reveals to advantage; the image of these is distinct and tangible within us without ambiguity. It is for this reason that these are beautiful forms, the most beautiful forms." - Le Corbusier.

Inspired by this quote, the lighting design approach of the Avanti Hotel Apartments project develops naturally by invigorating the building’s architecture and giving it a visual size and an appealing perceptual dimension. The overall architectural scheme was revealed without overpowering its individual elements as regard illuminated shapes, forms and edges. The external façade design had its own unique vernacular comprising randomly arranged rectangular modules of different sizes. To facilitate installation and future maintenance, a single and consistent family of luminaires was specified to deliver the required flexibility based upon the variety of aesthetic and functional requirements of the scheme.

Intricate installation drawings were detailed in concert with the lead architect so as to obtain a cost-effective solution that technically fits the intended approach. The volume of protruding frames was expressed through the interplay of color tones intended to wash the aluminum cladding of the external façade. In developing our scheme, UMAYA deliberately took two key considerations into account; the usage profile of the building as well as a desire to ensure that gradual rays of light were perceived adequately by the viewer from wider angles. As a residential building, the prevention of light spill towards interior spaces was of paramount importance. Furthermore, the high reflectance of the façade cladding could have resulted in inconvenient contrast ratios. Both challenges were resolved by a delicate study of the luminaires detail including physical mockups. 

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