Hellenic Vibes is a smart hotel, located in the heart of Athens. This boutique hotel is one of the very few smart hotels in Greece. The lighting scheme is designed to permit the hotel guests to alter the lighting scheme according to their mood through a mobile application. On a separate level, the lighting scheme of this hotel echoes the hustle and bustle of the Greek Capital. Athens is one of the few cities around the world which is vibrant 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. There is an endless flow of energy which is expressed in the scheme using linear light.

From the moment one enters the hotel, he/she can sense the continuum of the energy of the city in the hotel lobby. The lighting scheme encourages the user to move around and discover the space. The reception area serves as a starting point for linear lights that extend throughout the whole building, starting with public areas such as the hotel’s restaurant and taking the users through the corridors to their room. The linear lights help with the direction of the visitor.

The lighting scheme of the atrium located in the breakfast area utilizes linear lights which, according to the time of the day, use the full spectrum of the colour temperature from very warm to cold. Reflecting the bright and strong Athenian sun, in the morning the lighting scheme of the brunch area is cool 5000-6000K. As the light outside in the city gradually deems and night comes, the lighting in this area also progressively turns warmer and down to 2400K. This way the visitors can experience the parallel changes in the daylight and the artificial light during the whole day.

The lighting designer used two sets of linear lights inside the rooms. The lights above the corridors in the room suggest movement and give direction. The linear lights located above the bed are combined with circular surface-mounted luminaires to replicate the sunset. The circular lights consist of a warm light inwards component and a cool light outwards component. The visitors can dim them and create the atmosphere they desire. With the smart positioning of mirrors, the linear lights intersect throughout the space creating visual relationships between the different spaces.

On the top floor where the suites are located, the designer applied fewer light lines to soften the flow described earlier. This is evident in the balconies with beautiful sitting areas offering stunning views of the Acropolis. This is the moment where one forgets the busy city and enjoys the amazing atmosphere and the ethereal view, whereby lighting blends into the wonderful landscape.

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