008 | PROJECT | FOUR SEASONS ASTIR PAL ACE
Distinctive Design With the help of Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and Lighting Design International, the Four Seasons Astir Palace undergoes a complete interiors overhaul as the legendary hotel moves into a new chapter. Images: Courtesy of Martin Brudnizki Design Studio
On the sophisticated Athens Riviera, at the tip of a pine-clad peninsula, Four Seasons offers the best of both worlds with the Astir Palace: a laid-back seaside escape just 30 minutes from the historical city centre. A pine-clad sanctuary of 75 acres, it features three private beaches, eight exciting restaurants, lounges and bars, upscale retail, and a spa inspired by the teachings of Hippocrates. Having recently undergone a complete overhaul of what has been a legendary hotel complex for many decades, it is now entering a new chapter and Lighting Design International (LDI) was commissioned to design the lighting scheme for the two renovated hotels: Arion and Nafiska. While the structural elements were retained, the building was completely renovated and LDI worked closely with the project
management and design team in order to create a high-end lighting scheme for both hotels. Understanding and achieving lighting design with the Four Seasons' ethos of ‘a home far away from home’ in mind was key for the success of the project. Having worked with Four Seasons on numerous occasions, LDI thoroughly understood the brand's vision – with the brief this time to design a sophisticated lighting scheme with a residential feel. One of the main challenges with this project – as is so often the case – was getting the local contractor and project team to understand the value of lighting design and how it is achieved. Fortunately, as with all hotel projects, a mockup room was built and once realised, the
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