As part of an ongoing collaboration with the hotel, RSHP designed the specially commissioned installation to evoke a fairytale snow scene to welcome guests as they enter and leave the hotel. The 137,000 lights which make up the installation hang from the hinges of the carbon fibre beams installed as part of RSHP’s new entrance in 2016. The lights refract off the honeycomb glass of the entrance canopy, giving an impression of endless falling snow, both within the entrance and in the street outside.
Commenting on the ideas behind the design, RSHP Associate Partner Stephen Spence said: “the installation evokes an intense snow storm as guests enter and leave the hotel, highlighting the sensation of warmth and cosiness inside. The lights are placed as low as possible so that they can almost be touched, as if the snow was bearing down. This creates a magical and memorable experience, enhanced by the sparkle of the reflections above.”
Knut Wylde, General Manager of the Berkeley commented: “We are delighted to have collaborated with RSHP this Christmas to bring a sense of dramatic illumination to our entrance and provide guests with an exciting sense of arrival in keeping with our innovative spirit at The Berkeley.”
This festive light installation is the latest design in a sequence of projects by RSHP created for The Berkeley following the complete redesign of the hotel’s façade last year; an extension to the hotel’s new ballroom unveiled this autumn; and the addition of elegant terraces to a series of new suites. The creation of ‘snowfall’ brings a festive touch to the partnership ahead of another fruitful year of collaboration.
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About Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is an international architectural practice based in London. Over the past four decades, RSHP has attracted critical acclaim and awards with built projects across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia.
The practice is experienced in designing a wide range of building types including: office, residential, transport, education, culture, leisure, retail, civic and healthcare. The quality of its designs has been recognised with some of architecture’s highest awards, including two RIBA Stirling Prizes, one in 2006 for Terminal 4, Madrid Barajas Airport and the other in 2009 for Maggie’s West London Centre.
The firm was founded as the Richard Rogers Partnership in 1977 but over time evolved and in 2007 the decision was made to rename the firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to reflect the vital contributions of Graham Stirk, designer of the iconic Leadenhall Building, and Ivan Harbour, designer of the Stirling prize winning West London Maggie’s Centre. The practice now has 13 partners, with several long-standing members of the practice being named partners in 2015. Together, they represent the inherent continuity and consistency of the philosophy which the practice applies to all its work.
ABOUT THE BERKELEY
In bustling Knightsbridge, The Berkeley, part of Maybourne Hotel Group is the essence of contemporary chic and innovative luxury. With stunning rooms and suites, two Michelin-starred cuisine from Marcus Wareing, a fashion favourite afternoon tea at Prêt-à-Portea, cocktails in the Blue Bar and The Berkeley Health Club & Spa complete with rooftop pool, The Berkeley continues to surprise and enchant.