Hyatt Regency DF-Tercera Bienal iberoamericana de iluminación

Hyatt Regency DF
Ciudad de México, México
Lux Populi S.A. de C.V.

Despacho: Lux Populi S.A. de C.V.
Equipo: Oriana Romero Thomas Paterson
Cliente: Hyatt Group
Arquitecto: George Wong Design
Año de finalización de la obra: 2014
Fotografía: Hyatt Group
Colaboradores adicionales: Render from George Wong Design
Créditos adicionales: Withheld
Normas y certificaciones: NOM

In refurbishing a worn out 1980s hotel to modern international standards, lighting was key, both for the operation of the hotel and to signal the new face of the buildign. From the first it was clear that the building required a modernization of lighting systems, from the fixtures back to the electrical supply. More importantly, it needed a new elegance and language, something timeless to express Hyatt’s brand in its Mexico showcase. Collaborating with George Wong Design on the interior design and Parque Humano on architecture, Lux Populi delivered a phased scheme of bars, restaurants, social spaces, circulation and core hotel functions which stands out for its elegance and sophistication in the Zona Hotelera of Mexico City.

Gathering all of the front of house functions around a single atrium meant that although each restaurant, bar and cafe needed its own character, those characters needed to be both sympathetic and to be able to move through the day and the cycles of life in the building.

A blend of technologies was utilized, including LED linear products, halogen for some high CRI applications and even metal halide in a few locations where high flux was required. Most complex of the luminaires were custom pendants featuring a cloud of LED decorative bulbs. These were multiplied in their presence using chrome mirroring of adjacent surfaces and the mounting cylinders. The mounting cylinders for the decorative bulbs were, in turn, concealment for high flux LED downlights providing the actual worklight from the pendants, while uplighting from the crown on the pendant lifted the ceiling and discrete accent lights in the crown added to the sparkle of the decorative lamps and chrome elements.

A dramatic stair, flanked by “doors” defining the apertures between brutalist columns form a massively scaled element to divide the atrium from hotel functions. In spite of the heavy architecture, the lighting and interior design then serve to humanize and soften the space, turning a 1980s concrete building into a warm home away from home.

Although budget, timing and technical challenges create constraints, the scheme is future proofed, with technologies selected for ongoing upgrading and ever-increasing sophistication. Since reopening, the public areas and facilities have seen a huge surge in guest numbers and revenue – a new destination in Mexico City.

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