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Hard Rock Hotel, City of Dreams, Macau

Issue 53 Feb/Mar 2010 : Retail : Hotel


The Hong Kong office of Isometrix was tasked with creating a dynamic and exciting scheme befitting the Hard Rock image

The Hard Rock Hotel Macau has been a huge success since it opened as one of the world-renowned hotels in the City of Dreams complex. Featuring 322 rooms and suites fit for a rock star, the hotel is adorned with memorabilia and icons reflecting the electrifying revolution that changed the face of music. With unique and dynamic architectural and decorative elements, a combination of lighting effects designed by Isometrix’s Hong Kong office has been introduced to enhance the concepts.

Having already completed a lighting scheme for the Crown Casino in Macau some two years previously, Isometrix was again referred to complete this ambitious lighting plan in mid 2007 with construction beginning at the beginning of 2008.

The interior design work initially began in 2006 in the United States with Orlando-based Hard Rock working with Chicago-based Gettys on an exciting scheme after recommending the design firm to Melco, the developers of the City of Dreams complex.

When it came to the lighting, budget was one of the challenging criteria in the design process, thus the scheme was developed with carefully selected techniques and luminaires to achieve the desired concept. Unfortunately, at the final day of reckoning many of the specified luminaires were substituted for products by a local manufacturer anyway. It is a shame that such a high profile project ended up compromising in quality but the results are still spectacular in the final analysis.

The brief from Hard Rock was to create a dynamic and exciting scheme that would capture the excitement of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle encapsulated by the Hard Rock brand.

From the front entrance, the illuminated glass portal is carefully detailed with low voltage halogen strip washlights from each edge of the light box for a warm welcoming embrace as a transition from the exterior canopy to the hotel lobby. In the lobby, the memorabilia wall is the first eyecatching feature upon arrival. The grid wall contains perforated print artist images on the front scrim with memorabilia articles within the wall. Synchronised programmed scenes of front projection light within each niche creating dynamic an opaque-translucent lighting effect that gradually reveals the memorabilia. The scene is preset on a repeated cycle all day. 
Accessibility and maintenance were considered when specifying long lamp life cold cathode striplights in the lobby’s high ceiling cove for ambient illumination throughout. LED strip is concealed within the furniture/fit-out details.

At the reception counter, vivid colour glass pieces are hung with rows of low voltage directional downlights adding sparkle to the space. To enhance the spatial flow within the hotel lobby, leaf-shaped ceiling troughs with concealed cold cathode light are scattered throughout providing soft diffuse ambient light and visual links to the retail street entrance.

In the escalator hall, an extruded drumstick art piece is accented with a narrow spot beam of light to create a crisscross pattern and enhance the three-dimension form of the artwork along the escalator to the next level.

The third and fifth floors contain the hotel facilities. On the third floor along the corridor, a row of circular feature speakers on the ceiling are surrounded by rings of light that links the fitness centre to the spa. The lift doors also echo with halos of light and are repeated at the spa door and treatment room doors. In each treatment room, a dramatic pattern shadow is cast on the wall by a custom wall lamp.

The function rooms are located on the fifth floor, the pre-function areas are strongly emphasised by the two huge hanging features of glass bubbles with halogen downlights creating sparkles to the area. In each of the function rooms, different lighting scenes are preset for different functions at different times of the day.

Along the guestroom corridor, beams of light crisscross on the dark wall making a strong contrast and dynamic along the corridor. In the guestrooms, raking effects can also be found on headboards. The whole ambience is enhanced by the decorative table lamps, pendants and wall lamps.

Project Details
Hard Rock Hotel, City of Dreams, Macau
Client: Hard Rock
Lighting Design: Isometrix
Executive Architect: Leigh & Orange Ltd
Design Architect: Arquitectonica International Corporation
Interior Design (Typical Floors) - The Gettys Group
Interior Design (Non-typical Floors) - MAP Architecture
Interior Design (Casino) - The Paul Steelman Design Group

Lighting Specified

Specified architectural lighting:
• iGuzzini: Recessed downlights and accent lights
• Lucent: Pin hole downlights
• Tridonic Atco: LED striplights within furniture/fit out detail
• Traxon: Colourchanging LED striplight at bar feature wall
• Light Corporation: Floor recessed uplight at bar counter
* Due to budget constraints, the above architectural light fittings were substituted by a local manufacturer
• EGL: Cold cathode tube
• ETC: Framing projector
• Philips Color kinetics: Colourchanging power LED striplight at bar back wall
• Lasvit: Decorative hand blown glass pendants and sconces
• Philips Dynalite control system


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