Preciosa Lighting’s exquisite lighting art installations enliven the prime spaces of Conrad Washington, DC, transforming each room into a memorable journey for the senses.
At Preciosa Lighting, lights do more than just brighten a room; lighting is also a powerful element to create memorable experiences within a beautiful space. The Conrad Hotel in Washington, DC evocatively exemplifies this point of view, offering meaningful moments created from surprising details and discovered in unexpected places.
Designed by renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, Conrad Washington, DC features an impressive all-glass facade and a breathtaking interior concept. The heart of this elegant hotel is an atrium, which is shaped like Switzerland to pay tribute to the Swiss architects. The hotel also houses a permanent contemporary art collection.
The Conrad brought in Preciosa Lighting to bring the hotel’s luxurious spaces to life with original lighting designed to spark imagination and infuse a memorable experience. Starting at the meeting spaces and restaurant, Preciosa Lighting’s Falling Flowers installation is a brilliant addition to the pre-function hall. The lighting piece comprises hand-blown glass plates in different sizes, carefully hung to resemble a soft downward flow of petals. At the Conrad, 160 floral pieces ranging in size from two to six metres “fall away” from a circular mirrored ceiling, creating a magnificent centrepiece for the room.
“What we love about this installation of lighting art is the feeling it brings to the entire space,” says Jan Volsik, Vice-chairman of the Board for Preciosa Lighting. “There’s a lot of natural light in the long room, which creates gorgeous reflections from the hand-blown glass.”
For the grand and junior ballrooms, eight crystal “icicles” dangling from the ceiling evoke a magical ambience. This effect is created using optical glass tubes in differing lengths and colours, including clear, light smoky, light brown and iridescent.
The lighting magic continues in the hotel’s signature restaurant, The Estuary, which showcases an approximately four-metre-long lighting feature. Forty rhombus-shaped glass plates of hand-blown frosted glass complement the space’s bright and minimal design.
“The Conrad is a dynamic, memorable hotel,” said Mr Volsik. “Projects that allow us to create original lighting for unique spaces like this one are what we thrive on.”