Hotel Bristol

LocationOslo, Norway
Light planningIda Hågensen (SML Lighting)
Delivered bySML Lighting
PhotoTomasz Majewski

This hotel was recently renovated, a project that preserved the traditional identity of the structure opened almost a hundred years ago, in 1929, by Thon Hotels, one of Norway’s largest hotel chains.

The lighting design devised by SML Lighting involved the exteriors of the two buildings at the intersection of Kristian IV's and Rosenkrantz’ gate, using light to highlight the first floors of both facades, one historical and the other decidedly more modern. The lighting effect obtained in this way creates a sort of visual continuum that leads the eye of passers-by down a long urban perspective.

For the rose-coloured building, with its large four-part windows and period lanterns fixed to the wall on the ground floor, Trevi linear profiles with 20°x50° elliptical optics were chosen in lengths of 1208 mm and 1803 mm. These are fixed to the belt course and arranged between the windows on the first floor.

For the facade of the other building, a total of 26 Lyss Mini 1.0 projectors, mounted on the belt course separating the ground and first floors, emit a semicircular light that emphasises the concrete ribs forming this building’s distinctive grid structure. The projectors’ thermally conductive technopolymer body guarantees excellent resistance to corrosion and temperatures as low as -20°, making the fixture the ideal choice for Scandinavian latitudes.

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