BessaHotel Baixa

LocationPorto, Portugal
ProjectSTOA arquitectura
Light planningLight2Life
Photo© Alexander Bogorodskiy

The most striking element of this hotel in the centre of Porto is undoubtedly the square recesses that frame the rooms’ large windows. To accentuate these, the lighting design studio elected to place a Lyss Mini 1.0 fixture in one of the lower corners of each, so that, as the light reaches the opposite side of the frame, it follows the gradations of its volume that gradually level with the plane of the façade.

In the entrance area, a series of Beam 1.0 fixtures recessed into the paving, level with the window posts, mark out the windows and generate indirect light from the canopy.

Also on the ground floor, the pavement in front of the steps that lead up to the entrance has been decorated with segments of diffused light recessed flush with the ground: these are drive-over Rio 2 linear profiles in PMMA and 316L stainless steel, used here in a variety of lengths. The photos on this page show how Rio has also been used to draw attention to the hotel sign and the geometric iron motifs, and to add character to the paving in the garden at the back.

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