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QT Resort, Gold Coast, Australia

Issue 61 Jun/Jul 2011 : Retail : Hotel


With a careful mix of relaxed sophistication and inspirational drama, PointOfView’s scheme for the QT Gold Coast Resort on Australia’s eastern seaboard has truly captured the spirit of Surfers Paradise

With a reputation as one of Australia’s top domestic holiday destinations, Surfers Paradise on the country’s Gold Coast enjoys a thriving - and fiercely competitive - hospitality industry. In a bid to secure its strong position in this market, hotel operator AHL (owner of several hospitality brands including Rydges hotels and the Event cinema chain) recently undertook a complete renovation of its QT Resort hotel. The first stage of the revamp - an overhaul of its public spaces, designed to ‘inspire conversation and arrest the senses’ - was completed in February this year.

Lighting designers PointOfView were commissioned to work closely with interior designer Nicholas Graham + Associates in delivering an integrated lighting solution that enhanced the materials used and complimented the design aesthetic.

Answering their brief to create a ‘sophisticated and conversational yet unconventional space’, the team created a series of welcoming rooms that flow together, eschewing the traditional hotel lobby for a more open ‘greeting space’ concept.

Illuminated from within, the reception desk that greets guests on arrival is a striking statement of colour and bold form. It, like the reception’s timber backdrop, is grazed by linear fluorescent light. The counter is illuminated from a series of downlights concealed in the slot cut into the ceiling above whilst feature pendants stylise and articulate the space.
The same principles are carried through to ‘Fixx’, the adjoining open lounge area.  By keeping a subtle ambient light level throughout the space, PointOfView were able to highlight features like the multifaceted bar wall and built-in joinery. Along with the use of floor standard lamps and discrete multi-sourced downlights to provide pools of lights over clusters of seating, this creates a sense of intimacy in an otherwise vast open space.

A narrow seating area, dubbed the Lawn, acts as a link to the Stingray Lounge further within the resort. Soft light leaks out of crevices and architectural details to provide a seductive lounge setting. Downlights extrude from the ceiling to create long pillars that act to visually separate the space from the surrounding rooms.

Together, the reception, Fixx and The Lawn are considered more than a lobby. Open and bright, they are a reflection of the Gold Coast’s light-hearted spirit. The lighting design provides a synergy to these spaces creating an attractive meeting place for guests, successfully encouraging conversation and relaxation.

For PointofView, lighting design in hospitality environments is about relative contrast and creatively deciding what not to light. Imaginatively applied, this creates the magic and drama of a space. These principles are clearly at work in the Stingray Lounge, where light is used to reinforce the physical hierarchy of the room. The central bar is the core of the space and so its importance is underscored, with concealed lighting used to bring out the strong pattern on the tiled bar front. Concealed LED strips highlight the generous array of drinks on offer and discrete spotlights above add further emphasis.

Soft up-lighting around the perimeter of the room provides a backdrop for the conical light shades that hang from cantilevered tubular arms. The latter help create intimacy and interest to the space whilst limiting views to the services in the ceiling space above.

Lighting is used sparingly but with purpose. It is balanced depending on the time of day and the event. In essence the lighting at Stingray Lounge expresses the interior design - providing added drama and sophistication.

PointOfView’s approach is to always integrate lighting into the architecture; their solution for the resort’s Bazzar Restaurant (created in close collaboration with G+A) is based around a vibrant ‘market place’ concept where the produce and cooking theatrics are the main attraction.

The sensitive use of light within the show kitchen ensured the right emphasis was placed on its ‘hero elements’: the kitchen and display table are lit with discreet recessed downlights whilst linear LED lighting is carefully integrated into the joinery to illuminate the San Pellegrino bottles above, and the vegetable displays and plates below. Lighting the very visible refrigerator is an important element within the scheme that shows off the colours of vegetables on display.

Within the open dining area, selected boxes are internally illuminated to create a random texture to the ceiling whilst a series of spotlights are carefully placed in between the boxes to ensure that each dining table is accented. Narrow streaks of light graze the textured perimeter screens creating an interesting background. Again colour is exploited with the use of decorative contemporary pendants within key areas of the restaurant.

Project Details
QT Resort, Gold Coast, Australia
Client: Amalgamated Holding Limited
Architect: Nicholas Graham + Associates Pty. Limited
Lighting design: PointOfView

Lighting Specified
Sylvania SLDT5 T5 battens
Mance Lighting TA-Edison suspended decorative lamps to accent timber boxes
KKDC DUO LUNA LED linear modules
KKDC KKXP linear aluminium extrusions
Intralux XENFLEX LED flexible linear modules
KKDC TIMI linear aluminium extrusions
KKDC IP MIMI linear aluminium extrusion with clear diffusers
Oldham Lighting cold cathode
Eagle Lighting CCL 228 PC BA Ceiling recessed fluorescent luminaires
JIELDE Decorative ceiling & wall mounted lights
Fagerhult 85246-VM-E IP64 rated recessed fixed downlights
Lucent ProSpex 90 recessed low voltage pinhole fixed & adjustable downlights
Doxis Collecor Snoot Double Ceiling recessed halogen adjustable downlights
Modular Lotis tube surface mounted fixed downlights
Lucifer EDL9ZP recessed low voltage pinhole fixed downlights
Lucifer EDL65ZP ceiling recessed low voltage wallwashers
Lucent 160-11QR recessed low voltage fixed AR111 downlights
LEDs C4 surface mounted fully adjustable low voltage narrow beam downlights
UEL lighting NL – 1600mm tubes
Lucent 140-QT Recessed low voltage fixed downlights
Deltalight ceiling recessed multi lamp fitting with 3 + 4 x adjustable MR16 downlights
Modular Ceiling recessed Warm white LED adjustable downlights
UEL custom rod suspended cylinder pendants
OLUCE Canopy Orange, White & Pink decorative pendants
Globe Min string Suspended decorative pendants
Foscarini Cage Sospensione Grande & Piccola Suspended decorative luminaires
HATCO Suspended heat lamps
Moooi Icon 60 Suspended decorative luminaires
Eagle Lighting Tullyspot Halogen adjustable surface & track mounted spotlights
Lumascape Terrazza IP65 rated spike mounted adjustable spotlights
Litelab J21MR16 Halogen adjustable ceiling mounted wallwashers
Light Projects PATROL 3 exterior rated surface mounted halogen adjustable spotlights
Masson XTSF-3 track
UEL NL – Wall 500 Decorative column mounted pendants
Lucifer IP65 Wall recessed LED step lights

Philips Dynalite DPN-SF SERIES 2, 4 & 8 Button lighting control panels
Sensor Switch CMR-PDT-9 & 10-AU movement sensors


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