《Hospitality Interiors》:The Charm of Oriental Aesthetics Light and Shadow in Orange Island Experience the lighting of JW Marriott Hotel in Changsha
Published Date: 23 Dec, 2022


Changsha Jianhongda Real Estate Co., Ltd

Interior design

HIRSCH BEDNER ASSOCIATESPublic area and guest room area


Lighting design:


Lighting manufacturer:

Aero Light Co., Limited



Mr. Zhang Wei: Design Director/Founder

A city, an architecture, a landscape, a street, and a commercial space are all shaped by light, through the lighting design with a living texture, giving it a unique theme, style, depth, emotion, color, and atmosphere.

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As the capital city of the central region, Changsha is a city that continues to flourish. Recently, the 196-meter-high JW Marriott Hotel (Changsha), has joined the cities landscape, as an eye-catching landmark in Star City. Lighting design consultants, WIN, who focus on high-end projects of international brands, including Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Intercontinental, Accor and others, were appointed to undertake the lighting design for this premier hotel.


WIN Design Consultant (Shang hai) pride themselves on focusing on the fusion of functional requirements, operational considerations, architectural language, decorative styles and lighting effects from building exteriors, to landscaping, and to interior lighting


The overall design of the hotel is inspired by the natural scenery of Hunan's famous mountains and rivers. Many details have been considered, and included with the vibrant tones of local art and culture. Through the exquisite lighting design, the perfect blend of oriental aesthetics, modern classics and traditional culture have been achieved, perfectly interpreting the charm of light and shadow within the architectural space.


As the founder of WIN, Mr. Zhang Wei has over 22 years experience in lighting design, and has participated in and completed a wealth of large-scale projects including hotels, shopping malls, office buildings and other high-end buildings. The designs include landscape lighting, façade floodlighting and interior lighting. Mr. Zhang Wei has won many lighting design awards, and his professional design work and dedicated approach have been recognized and praised by clients worldwide.


Entering the hotel, guests can take the elevator located through the entrance reception foyer, to the 35th floor Sky Lobby. This area encompasses the cultural elements of old Changsha's historical buildings in soothing natural tones and simple architectural lines. The lighting designer has used LED strips and wall wash lights to outline the wall paintings in special shapes, while the staggered grille screens separate the urban landscape outside the windows from the classical oriental style inside, which shows a synergy between oriental aesthetics and modernity.


The LED ceiling spot lights and hidden LED light strips play a basic and ambient lighting function, and the light is not visible. Guests can not only enjoy the skyline of Star City, but also have a pleasant time looking across the river from Mount Yuelu.


The hotel has 287 exquisitely designed rooms, including 14 suites. The color palette of the hotel rooms echoes the natural hues of the sky lobby. All rooms are designed without main lights, with LED lights outlining and decorating the bedside, desk or washbasin, creating a relaxing ambience for guests. This is further considered with all rooms featuring panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows to welcome ample natural light. Guest rooms boast wonderful views overlooking the historic Xiang River and the Changsha skyline from afar.


The restaurant at the JW Marriott Changsha is also elaborately furnished. At 196 meters high, the interior design of the restaurant uses different design elements: stone, fog, green leaves, and dragons, forming the memorable characteristics and senses of the interior space. The lighting design enhances this design element by shining the morning light on different materials, using LED strip lights to outline the ceiling clouds like flowing water, whilst a painting engraved on the wall looks vivid and dynamic under the light, blending with the interior space to achieve a visual feast.


Mr. Zhang Wei said that in W-IN's lighting design work from the pre-project site research and lighting design concept, to the determination of the lighting scheme, the design of lighting drawings, the review of lighting technology, the final implementation to construction, as well as the post-project site lighting and scene system commissioning, W-IN's designers followed the whole process meticulously, and with great care and consideration. This is demonstrated by the high degree of unity throughout the design concept and aesthetics.


As a designer in the lighting industry for many years, he also has his own experience in "design creativity" and "people and nature". He believes that in this era, designers should insist on the originality and passion of design to better convey our attitude towards life, concern for humanity and expectation for society through projects. Mr Zhang Wei said it is very important to be good at achieving a natural and human focused  lighting atmosphere through design and focus on energy saving and environmental protection. The JW Marriott Changsha Hotel is a perfect example project to follow.




Website: www.win-dcsh.com

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