The Importance of Lighting in Design: Techniques for Enhancing Space By Ar. Anil Badan

Lighting is a fundamental element in the realm of design, capable of completely reshaping spaces and establishing awe-inspiring ambiance. In the realm of hospitality architecture and design, the strategic use of lighting can significantly enhance the overall guest experience by a milestone. In this article, Ar. Anil Badan, Founder & Principal Architect of a leading hospitality firm Studio B, explores the importance of lighting design while outlining a hospitality space and delves into techniques that can be employed to elevate these spaces, creating a ravishing and memorable atmosphere.

Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the mood and atmosphere of a space. Different types of lighting techniques can evoke various emotions and create distinct experiences. For instance, the subdued lighting scheme integrated into the design of Welcome Hotel- Katra by Studio B indulges focus lighting throughout the property, creating a cosy and intimate ambience. The design team used direct lighting as the overall theme of the project. On the other hand, bright and vibrant lighting as used in Khyber, Gulmarg, can energize and invigorate a space, ideal for lively bars or reception areas. The dormer windows in this property were retrofitted with stained glass which brings some much-needed colour into the rooms in the form of light. By carefully selecting and layering lighting fixtures, designers can orchestrate the desired mood, ensuring that it aligns with the purpose and character of the space.

Natural lighting is a valuable asset in design, as it not only provides illumination but also establishes a connection between the indoors and outdoors. By incorporating ample windows or skylights, designers can harness the power of natural light, which has numerous benefits. Natural light creates a sense of openness and spaciousness, making rooms feel larger and more inviting. It also improves the overall well-being of occupants, as exposure to natural light has been shown to enhance mood, productivity, and overall satisfaction. The spacious lobby at Radisson Blu Karjat, designed by Studio B Architects, demonstrates it precisely through the glass partitions overlooking the front lawn of the hotel. Maximising the use of natural light not only reduces reliance on artificial lighting but also creates a dynamic and harmonious relationship between the built environment and the surrounding landscape.

Another technique for enhancing space through lighting is the use of focal lighting. Focal lighting involves directing light towards specific areas or objects to create visual interest and guide the eye. This technique is particularly effective in highlighting key design elements, such as artwork, sculptures, or architectural details. Taking the lounge in ITC’s WelcomHotel, for example, the majestic structure designed by Studio B boasts a concentric placement of lighting fixtures on the contemporary ceiling designs, punctuated with hanging lamps in the middle. By strategically positioning light fixtures, designers can create a play of light and shadow, adding depth and dimension to the space. Focal lighting draws attention to focal points, providing a visually captivating experience for guests as they explore the environment.

In conclusion, lighting is a powerful tool in design, capable of transforming spaces and enhancing the overall guest experience. By thoughtfully incorporating lighting techniques, designers can accentuate architectural features, set the desired mood, establish a connection with nature, and create visual interest. Being the frontrunner in India’s hospitality design fraternity, Ar. Anil Badan emphasises on embracing the importance of lighting and harnessing its potential can lead to the creation of unforgettable environments worth savouring.