Creation supplied all the light fittings and lighting control systems for this project. However, plain delivery of specified items is not the end of the road. We have Mr. Dharmendra Patel, MD Creation explain the intricacies of the process.
But first, LW’s Lighting Designer, Vinod Pillai delves into the more interesting uptake on the many shades of developing the lighting plan for this compact café.
Q. What was the brief you received to create the light plan for Café 302 of Arjaan Rotana?
Vinod Pillai (VP) “Café 302 needed to retain the casualness of an urban café and yet display the class of brand Rotana. Whilst we have used spotlights as accents on the table, the decorative lighting is the dominant feature which lends the space a degree of classy casualness one would normally associate with the brand.
The café has many sections – albeit small, but all of them are unique entities in their own right. Apart from the café, the space packs in a Grab n’ Go, retail carts, a buffet area which is operational during the day but merges with the café after dark. This variety required a flexible lighting system to start with; and a light zoning that accented each area but in a cohesive manner.”
Q. How did you execute the ‘classy yet casual’ brief through Lighting Design?
VP: We did it by creating a hierarchy within the different zones in a cohesive manner. Architectural lighting truly plays a complementary role to the dominant decorative features. We resorted to a good amount of vertical illumination to accent the architecture; and accent lighting to highlight the tables and the retail. This was achieved with careful integration of lighting into the joinery and selection and location of fittings to render them discreet.
Q. What went into selecting light fixtures to create the hip, urban feel?
VP-The dominant lighting feature in the Café 302 are its pendants which are representative of the theme – casual, warm and urban. Rest of the lighting, whilst equally important, had to be discreet in all aspects--Starting with the robust spotlights that match the RAL of the ceiling to downlights with accessories to provide maximum visual comfort all of which are truly ‘hidden’ away.
Q. What hurdles/difficulties did you face if any?
VP-The hurdle, this time, was not the budget. With an exercise, we had done with the client there was clarity from the start as to what the budgets should be for the quality we were trying to achieve. Fortunately, it all went to plan. The hurdle, was of course, the Covid outbreak and the consequent lockdown which threw the spanner in the works. However, thanks to the excellent teamwork with the brilliant team at site, we were able to pull this through.
Q.What was your experience working with Team Creation?
VP-The team at Creation Gulf have always been a pleasure to work with. Proactive, cooperative and most all patient enough to work through the crazy hours (repetitively) the designers and the clients might push them through. These qualities came to the fore in this project too. Most of all, they had filled in well to help with the controls even when the LW team couldn’t visit due to the lockdown restrictions.