Project team:


Construction authority: Aurelio GmbH und Co. KG, Lech/A
Architects: S&S Architekten Sibylle Schaschl, Schröcken/A
Interior design: MHZ Mlinaric Henry Zervudacchi Ltd., London/UK
Lighting design: Lichtkompetenz GmbH, Zürich/CH
Team: Jörg Krewinkel, Annette Vonder Mühll, Inge Sommerlatte, Tobias Mühlemann

Products used:


Ceiling luminaires on outer facade: Tobias Grau, Free Simple
Downlights: Erco, low-voltage halogen (2900K)
Optical spots for fibre optics: Swarowski (various beam angles)
Recessed floor luminaires in the spa: Bega, type 8016R
LEDs for spa/restaurant: Agabekov, types LU4EX IP65 and LU4X IP20
LEDs for outer facade: Insta, LED lux
Cove lighting: CMB Licht AG
Standing luminaires in the atrium: Artemide
Vertical luminaires, external: Lampas
Ceiling surface-mounted luminaire in the restaurant: Freedom of Creation, Dahlia
Ceiling surface-mounted luminaire in the reception: Wavelighting, Weave light panel.

16. Jun 2009

A cosy spot

Text: David Müller
Photos: Alexander Haiden/Günter Laznia

Travellers know how important it is for hotels to have a relaxing atmosphere. That is why designers are often faced with the challenge of developing lighting schemes for uncomfortable hotel spaces and distinctly poor architecture to create the right ambience. Hotels for skiers present a particular challenge. Coming from the slopes, guests must have the feeling of being in the best of hands. A developer has created such a hotel in the mountains of Austria with a class of its own, featuring rooms with sophisticated interiors, a restaurant with world class chefs and a spa with the most exquisite materials from around the globe. The Zurich offices of the lighting design practice Lichtkompetenz GmbH were commissioned to transform the building into a hive of well-being, enjoyment and indulgence.

Hotel Aurelio is located above the small town of Lech in Austria, in the heart of the Alps. Every year many thousands of tourists visit the resort to go walking on the slopes of the Arlberg mountain nearby, to go skiing or simply to enjoy the glorious natural surroundings. The hotel complex consists of two buildings, the first of which, the Aurelio Hotel, houses guest rooms, a restaurant and a lounge area. When viewed from the exterior, the hotel building appears to consist of two separate structures. This is because there is a gap between the two individual roof structures. Adjacent to the main hotel building is the somewhat larger Aurelio Club. This building, featuring a large lobby and excellent wellness area, can be rented by families or groups. The cost: 36,000 euros per night (in writing: thirty six thousand euros). Guests can access the hotel at any time via a subterranean corridor to dine in the restaurant, for example. In terms of architecture, it was specified that the buildings must blend in with the traditional style of the local mountain villages, meaning that clapboard facades, wooden structures and low building heights were features imposed by the Lech local authorities. These obligations also had to be fulfilled by the lighting concept. At first the team from Lichtkompetenz GmbH wanted to light the hotel from the outside. But because the illumination of buildings is not permitted in Lech, they had to come up with another way of externally enhancing the architecture. The front facades of both buildings have large, long balconies affording views from the mountain downwards into the village. The lighting designers decided to install wall luminaires between the room windows. They are shielded from in front and only emit light above and below. Their bronze colour blends in well with the clapboard facade. The idea of the Swiss lighting designers was to merely accentuate the balconies with discreet light instead of emphasising the entire facade. They decided to adopt another concept for the facade of the Aurelio Club. Indentations had been milled into the wooden structures of the balconies, and in these, the lighting designers installed LED profiles emitting warm white light (3000K) downwards onto the wooden coverings. A total of 30 metres of LEDs light lines were used. “The wooden coverings also reflect the light softly onto the facade. This gives a warm, glowing effect that looks really special and can be seen from quite far away,” attested Jörg Krewinkel, director of Lichtkompetenz GmbH. […]

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The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 66

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