Design showcase: Top five projects that master the use of natural light

by | 02 Feb 2022 | Design, Design Showcase

In our latest TOPHOTELDESIGN collaboration, we examine five properties whose designers have cleverly used sunshine to add a whole new dimension to the guest experience.

The great Louise Kahn once said: “Architecture appears for the first time when sunlight hits a wall.”

Shining a light on great design

Although an architectural project comes to life with palpable materials, it is also defined by intangible qualities like natural light that gives dynamism, richness and liveliness. The interaction of light and shadow transforms interiors and affects their perception, determining the user’s spatial experience.

The clever design of natural light can be energising or calming, adding a sense of intimacy or drama to the place. It can render a radical change in interior spaces. Natural light makes materials and textures show themselves deeper, and true colours shine, bringing out their true essence.

Today, we’ve selected five projects that create remarkable atmospheres by manipulating sunlight in different ways.

Hoshinoya Tokyo with its continued façade of a patterned and translucent double skin gives a sense of calm and magic.

Mason Pattaya repeats the floor-to-ceiling vertical cut on private villas to let sun and nature penetrate in a dramatic and beautiful way.

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands creates a sanctuary, diffusing the natural light through the ceiling directly to the water mirror, transforming the spa into an oasis.

W Shanghai – The Bund comes to revolutionise the concept using coloured glass that transforms the pool into a vibrant mass of water.

And Casa Fantini creates a more drastic transition between sun and shadow, painting the space like a black-and-white game.

Hoshinoya Tokyo

Tokyo
by Azuma Architect & Associates

Imagery: © Shinsuke Matsukawa

 

Mason Pattaya

Pattaya, Thailand
by VaSLab Architecture

 

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands

The Maldives
by Studio MK27
Supplied by Spa Supply Solutions

Imagery: © Georg Roske

 

W Shanghai – The Bund

Shanghai
by GA Group – London
Supplied by TUUCI, Duravit and Andy Mannhart

Imagery: © Ralf Tooten

 

Casa Fantini

Pella, Italy
by Lissoni & Partners

Click here to find more inspiring hotel designs with natural light on TOPHOTELDESIGN.

Related Articles

Radisson grows presence in Tunisia with Sfax hotel debut

Radisson grows presence in Tunisia with Sfax hotel debut

Imagery courtesy of Radisson Hotel Group. Radisson Hotel Group has introduced its second brand to Tunisia with the launch of Radisson Hotel Sfax. This opening in the historic city of Sfax is a part of Radisson Hotel Group’s 2022 growth and development plans for the...

IHG’s voco brand makes its debut in Brisbane

IHG’s voco brand makes its debut in Brisbane

Imagery courtesy of IHG. The launch of voco Brisbane City Centre signifies the brand’s entry to the riverside city and second opening in Queensland. This is the first hotel opening for Vista Hospitality Group, which was recently formed as a joint venture between...

Design concept: Park Hyatt Auckland

Design concept: Park Hyatt Auckland

Imagery © Vidhya Raithatha. This week’s TOPHOTELDESIGN focus looks at the 2020-opened Park Hyatt Auckland in New Zealand. Bossley Architects and ar+d designed the architecture of this property and Conran and Partners was responsible for the interior design. A sense of...

MGallery announces upcoming hotel opening in Sydney

MGallery announces upcoming hotel opening in Sydney

Imagery courtesy of Accor. Porter House Hotel Sydney - MGallery is on track to open in one of Sydney’s most recognisable buildings this July. This $94 million boutique hotel takes up the first 10 floors of a 36-storey mixed-use tower within the $184 million Porter...

Design showcase: Top five remote hotels

Design showcase: Top five remote hotels

This week’s collaboration with TOPHOTELDESIGN centres on five hotels which take inspiration from their secluded locations. We examine projects encompassing themes such as nautical charm and desert lodges which perfectly blend with the remote nature of their...

Radisson enters Durban with Radisson Blu opening

Radisson enters Durban with Radisson Blu opening

Imagery courtesy of Radisson Hotel Group. Radisson Hotel Group has announced the opening of its 14th hotel in operation or under development in South Africa – Radisson Blu Hotel, Durban Umhlanga. Also signifying the group’s entry to its fourth South African city, this...

Pin It on Pinterest