NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH OHM Light collaborated with Aion LED to produce luxurious, atmospheric lighting for Hotel Van Zandt in Austin, Texas.
The Hotel Van Zandt is a new Kimpton Hotel in Austin, Texas, located in the unique ex-residential area, Rainey Street District. Years ago, the houses slowly turned into bars and restaurants and it would now be considered a commercial street, but it still feels rather quaint and local. It was important for the Hotel van Zandt to blend in and be harmonious with the neighbourhood vibe, even though it is a sixteen-story building. Lighting designers OHM Light decided one way to accomplish this was to keep the lighting at street level very soft and warm, using a lot of indirect lighting so the source was not visible, making for a dramatic, theatrical mood. The lighting specification of choice for much of the exterior was Aion LED WR Type IP67 linear flex - in 2,150K, emulating candle light tones. On the exterior façade, Aion LED WR Type fixtures were used to surround the entrance canopy, accentuating both the steel material as well as back-lighting the Hotel Van Zandt sign letters; the monumental steel entrance feature of the restaurant was also accentuated. Phoenix Day Company fabricated four custom bronze wall sconces that flank the entrance doors, here Aion LED’s 2150K was used as the indirect light source to accentuate the vertical, minimalistic design. Twelve custom light bollards for the front of the hotel were also fabricated
from solid stock aluminum square tubes and powder coated in bronze. The interior of the hotel, as well as the restaurant and cafe, were designed by Mark Zeff from NYC. It is a very detailed look with a progressive statement that is right at home in Austin. A variety of light sources were used to add dimension to the various social spaces of the hotel. To maintain the warm environment, Amerlux 3.5 Hornet fixtures with a 2,460K dichroic polycarbonate filter for the recessed adjustable downlights, were employed. Hevi Lite in-grade fixtures with Soraa LED lamps were used to up-light the two story brick columns that created the large entrance vestibule. The guest room entries in each corridor feature their own niche leading to the door. Within that niche area, stylised textured wallpaper flanks the door. Above the niche is a recessed slot where Aion LED 2,700K 8000 Series with their AT-802 A-Track aluminum extrusion, featuring a frosted lens and a custom white powder coat finish to match the ceiling, were incorporated. Aion also provided custom power lead backfeeds to hide the wiring. This combination makes for a very discreet and dramatic guest corridor experience. Perimeter light coves over the reception pods and in the living room areas define the spaces and highlight the ceiling materials. Aion LED 4000 Series in the 2,150K candle
light tone were used here to create a warm ambiance. The fourth level of the hotel is a social hot spot featuring a restaurant with interior and exterior seating, an interior and exterior bar, an entertainment stage, outdoor swimming pool, cabanas and a large patio lounge area. Aion LED 2,150K indirect lighting is incorporated at the bar die wall millwork in both the interior and exterior locations and as back-lighting for the liquor bottle displays. The open restaurant ceiling boasts arched wood beams. Zeff designed a simple bronze pipe fixture, which accommodates seven medium based sockets for seven clear filament lamps. With the 45 fixtures and the 315 dimly lit bulbs glowing, this combination makes the ceiling look like a sea of stars. Commenting on the project, Terry Ohm said: “Aion LED has been a great collaborating partner helping Ohm Light to achieve our design intent and statements. Aion LED originally designed their candle light colour in conjunction with Ohm Light hospitality projects including Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants and now the collection includes the additions of 2,350K and 2,550K. All three warm colour temperatures feature 93-97CRI LEDs with 2 Step Mac Adam ellipse consistencies.” www.ohmlight.com www.aionled.com
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