Project: Hyatt Regency
Lighting Designer: dpa lighting consultants, Japan
Architect: Kengo Kuma & Associates, Japan
Location: Beijing, China

The Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing is positioned between leafy parks in Beijing’s new business district, 30 minutes from the city’s International Airport.

The architecture is inspired by the Chinese ‘Sanhe Yuan’ (a three sided courtyard) style of the architecture with nature playing a huge role in many of the spaces. A ‘park’ has been created within the hotel with the use of large scale planting of bamboo through the Lobby and All Day Dining, with the latter facing onto an adjacent park. The link to nature and use of greenery enriches the spaces, creating the feel of a relaxing garden. Timber is used extensively throughout the project on the walls and ceilings with clean architectural lines contrasting with the greenery.

The concept of the lighting design was intended to echo the effect of natural light through the planting creating a scheme that responds to natural conditions whilst enhancing the interiors. During daylight hours, spotlights shine through the bamboo installations, highlighting the depth, colour and texture of planting and creating soft dappled effect on the surrounding areas. Volume, materiality and rhythm are enhanced with carefully aimed lighting to high level wooden paneling where the warm colour temperature compliments the tones of the timber.

After dark the space gradually changes to create an atmosphere of intimacy and drama, as uplights softly illuminate the planting and spotlights dramatically accent significant interior elements, tables and artwork. Throughout the day and into the evening, the interior spaces are balanced with the outdoor lighting conditions with the use of photo sensors and an automated dimming system. This softens the boundaries between inside and out, and helps the building to read as one with its surroundings.