Built in 1841 as the Auckland Hotel, it has been referred to as the 'Jewel of the East' and the 'Best Hotel East of the Suez'. Over the years, the hotel has been a favoured haunt of royalty and celebrities from across the world. The lighting design for this ultra-luxury hotel is understated and serves to highlight the architecture and interior elements whilst providing correct levels of light for practical purposes. It seeks to invoke the other-world charm that is characteristic of the bustling cultural city of Kolkata. The lighting is consistently concealed from view or minimalist in nature; this ensures that it is the building and its characterful contents which are experienced rather than the lighting itself.
Kolkata, West Bengal (India)