Tom Kirk at the Apex Temple Court: the effectiveness of a well-specified chandelier

Tom Kirk chandelier at the Apex Temple Court 1 Here is a very good example of what high quality lighting fittings can contribute to an interior -- particularly to the first impression guests receive when they enter a hotel.

Ian Springford Architects specified three of Tom Kirk's Facet chandeliers for the lobby of the Apex Temple Court. These ones are Ø1600mm and use a 24V LED lighting element. It normally comes in three standard sizes -- other applications of it can be seen in the gallery at Tom Kirk's website

The view inside through the doors is plain and pale. There is a build up of colour behind the reception desk, to create interest and to draw the eye towards it. Above, only partially visible (and therefore creating an effect of more to come), are the three chandeliers, the only items in the space that are dark in tone. (Maybe if you stand underneath one, you are beamed up to your room!) They provide focus: everything else in the space is understood in relation to them. Try the standard test of blocking them out in order to see what the effect would be without them.

Tom Kirk's Facet chandelier at the Apex Temple Court 3

This is also an object lesson in checking how a feature will look from all angles. So often, a visualization concentrates on a single view yet, in use, the chandelier or whatever will also be seen from other angles. The most common lighting mistake of this kind is with wall lights in corridors -- they may look fine head on, but they will in fact be seen from the side.  Here, the problem has been obviated by careful placing, and the fact that the chandeliers are round and therefore have no "bad sides".

This a neat design that comes in various finishes. it can be understood better from the picture below.

Note that the light sources are not visible, so there is no glare.

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