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[snapshot] Introducing Twilight Studio, an Israel-based architectural lighting design practice MENDELI STREET HOTEL

Pics: Omri Amsalem

CLIENT: SHTEINBACH IRIT & ERAN ARCHITECT: BARANOWITS KRONENBERG ARCHITECTS Mendeli Street Hotel is a 66-room boutique hotel in the heart of Tel Aviv. The hotel’s design boasts a contemporary, fresh style, with a Mediterranean twist expressed in the selection of materials and furniture as well as the unique design motif taken from the Jewish scribes’ tradition of writing (‘Ktav Stam’). The large laser cut letters on the lobby walls are reminiscent of the local ‘Mashrabiya’ windows, which allow natural light and breeze into the room. The challenge was how to express a polychromatic lighting concept with artificial light. The tonality of the light was expressed in the hotel via its functionality, from the lounge area, to the restaurant, where wall mounted decorative light fixtures project a soft light towards the tables, creating an intimate feel. The long hallways are illuminated with linear LED fixtures and wall fixtures were transformed into ceiling fixtures, creating four different typologies that envelop and embrace guests. Some of the bespoke lighting fixtures combine the ‘Ktav Stam’ motif, with a soft and diffuse illumination, combining lighting and a mirror on one side of the fixture and an ambiance fixture on the other.

TOPOLOPOMPO RESTAURANT CLIENT: CHEF AVI KONFORTI ARCHITECT: BARANOWITS KRONENBERG ARCHITECTS The restaurant’s lighting design concept was inspired by the idea of a fire-breathing dragon, the fire breathed from the dragon’s mouth expressed in the narrow angles of warm light used, evoking an atmosphere of static flame in motion. The lighting design matches the unique space of the restaurant, with thought given to efficiency and convenience of maintenance. Energy reduction has been tackled by integrating a smart control mechanism that adjusts itself using various scenarios to the restaurant’s peak hours. The most appropriate light sources to suit the location’s style, materials and conceptual colour were chosen. By selecting low temperature fixtures, the lighting interacts with the guests and the food served to the tables with a halogen expression, narrow angles and high colour rendering. The kitchen was given 3000K LED lighting with diffuse lighting fixtures requiring only minimal maintenance thanks to smart command systems able to control the strength and duration of the artificial illumination according to natural light hours.

Pics: Amit Geron

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