Hotel Adlon Kempinski

Berlin, Germany


The Hotel Adlon Kempinski is one of the most luxurious and well-known hotels in Germany. It is located in the Dorotheenstadt in Berlin’s Mitte district on the boulevard Unter den Linden 77, neighboring the Brandenburg Gate at Pariser Platz. The hotel was first established in October 1907 and got burned down in 1945, which was later demolished except for one side wing. It was re-inaugurated on August 23, 1997 and followed the tradition of the original establishment.

The hotel’s lobby and reception areas were extensively renovated in 2016 with an investment of 6 million euros. In the course of this renovation, the lighting scheme of the rebuilt hotel was also updated from scratch. The intention of the new lighting scheme was to reveal the spatial hierarchies of the lobby and adjacent areas, thereby creating a visual calm and a clear spatial structure that allows a holistic spatial effect/experience to be created.
In accordance with the surfaces and the color concept of the lobby (comprising of warm gold and silver tones), lighting in warm color temperature and excellent color rendition was chosen to naturally emphasize the materials and colors of the interior. Thus, the interplay of light and surfaces creates a light-flooded yet subtle ambiance in the hotel’s lobby and foyer. At the core of the technical lighting upgrade was the re-design of the existing vaulted cassette ceilings, which was built over a cross-shaped floor plan.

Each of the approx. 400 gold leaf cassettes were illuminated with cove lighting using daylight-dynamic light that adjusts the color temperature to the course of the day from warm to cool white. The new lighting scheme thus enables a high degree of flexibility in variable lighting scenes in the lobby. The use of modern luminaires with high-quality LED technology allows energy-efficient lighting with low maintenance requirements.


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