Bleisure: well-being and business in a new dimension. This is what The Westin London City promises, the new hotel of the prestigious Westin Hotels & Resorts chain, the Thames with spectacular views over the river, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the South Bank. 222 luxurious rooms and suites, furnished with the famous Westin Heavenly Bed, offer maximum comfort. Plus, there is a whole host of services that will make your stay an unforgettable experience; Hithe + Seek, the extraordinary wine bar with a panoramic view of the capital and Mosaic, the all-day dining restaurant. Wellness facilities include popular Heavenly Spa by Westin, with five treatment rooms and a 12-metre indoor pool. Complemented by the Westin WORKOUT® Fitness Studio, open 24 hours a day, offering state-of-the-art equipment so guests have everything they need to keep fit, at any time. For events, meetings and business exchanges, seven large rooms emulate the linear nature of The Haven’s design, creating a collaborative workspace that stimulates creativity.
Designed by the British architecture and interior design studio Studio Moren, the new urban refuge presents itself as an open and airy environment, able to guarantee its guests just the right intimacy. Starting with The Haven, the hall spread over three floors and flooded with natural light that features an art installation created on paper and inspired by underwater greenery.
The high-to-the-ceiling windows show the interior space, decorated with natural tones that evoke feelings of tranquillity and well-being. The furnishings are also inspired by the natural world in its purest forms, and consist of oak panelling, varied shades of green, matte finishes, and curved lines. Further emphasizing the elegant atmosphere of the hotel is the precise lighting design realised by lighting design consultants Nulty in collaboration with Studio Moren, using various solutions from Linea Light Group.
The lighting design project was conceived to be perfectly in keeping with the general theme of the hotel: well-being. And so, to enhance The Heaven lobby at the entrance, and its paper sculpture placed in the centre, track lighting was set up on three sides, with Pound spotlights allowing light beams to be directed in an evocative play of light on the fourth wall, of a soft grey colour. The overall effect is a feeling of calm and tranquillity that pervades the visitor on arrival. To complete the effect and emphasize the atmosphere of well-being are Vos downlights, available in different models and recessed into the ceiling.
For the lighting of the generously sized Westin Ballroom, used for events up to 400 guests for a cocktail toast, and which boasts its own separate private entrance, cloakroom, and bathroom, lighting designers Nulty have opted for high performance lighting solutions. Creek 2.0 spotlights, which, thanks to a new fitting system, can satisfy any installation need, have been combined with the linear element Archicove, and the Ribbon LED strip.
For the Romeo & Juliet event space, on the other hand – which uses natural light coming from the windows, and is perfect for private dinners, meetings and presentations, as well as for the executive boardroom that accommodates up to 18 people – the lighting design uses Ink-System, for its great installation versatility, Ribbon LED strips in the suspended ceiling, and finally Vos downlights that guarantee punctual and even lighting. The foyer of the Romeo & Juliet room, where in addition to the use of a Cell spot, available in different models, and guaranteeing total control of the light emitted, there is also a Ribbon LED strip and Ice-Cut rod offering a total diffusion effect, thanks to its extruded translucent polycarbonate body.
The Heavenly Spa by Westin enshrines atmospheres of well-being and relaxation, where Nulty has chosen both Rubber, which, thanks to its incredible flexibility, marks a revolutionary new concept of light, and the strip Ribbon, which easily adapts to any type of application, since it is able to be folded or cut without damaging the rest of the module.
Finally, in the Westin WORKOUT Fitness Studio, next to the Ribbon strips, the Rollip system has also been installed, available in numerous models, and capable of responding to any lighting need.
Design: Dexter Moren Associates
Lighting design: Nulty Lighting
Products: Pound, Vos, Archicove, Creek 2.0, Rubber, Ribbon, Ice-Cut, Cell, Ink Systems, Rollip
Photography: Matteo Barro