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Lights, action, snow-time: Rogers Stirk Harbour lighting installation unveiled

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With real snow now in the air, RSHP has just completed a seasonal ’Snowfall’ lighting installation for The Berkeley hotel in London

Intended to evoke a sustained flurry of snow as guests arrive at and leave the hotel, it consists of hanging strings of lights, 137,000 in all. These hang from the carbon fibre structural beams of the canopy that Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners designed for The Berkeley in 2016, and is the latest in a series of projects the practice has worked on at the hotel, which included an extension to the hotel’s ballroom, unveiled this autumn. 

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Source: Jamie McGregor Smith

Architect’s view

The installation evokes an intense snow storm as guests enter and leave the hotel, highlighting the sensation of warmth and cosiness inside. The lights are placed as low as possible so that they can almost be touched, as if the snow was bearing down. This creates a magical and memorable experience, enhanced by the sparkle of the reflections above.

Stephen Spence, associate partner, RSHP 



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