Grosvenor House Apartments, London

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During the renovation of the Grosvenor House Apartments in London J&C Joel supplied white Joelastic (JOS001) to be used for a striking illuminated pendant.

Located on London’s prestigious Park Lane and originally built in the 1920s, Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living, underwent a complete renovation and rebuild, creating a property which aimed build on the heritage of the building combined with a slick contemporary interior.

The property boasts a spectacular first-floor atrium area with a seven-storey high ceiling from which the illuminated pendant structure is suspended above diners. Prolyte Group’s special projects division, Litestructures, was approached by building contractor John Sisk & Sons to manufacture, build and commission this feature as part of the overall project.

The impressive luminous pendant, based on a design developed by GIA Lighting, comprised of a series of aluminium frames, linked together by braces at the upper frame, assembled in a concentric orientation. Braces link the outer and inner sections to provide stability to the outer perimeter.

J&C Joel supplied white Joelastic (JOS001), a wide poly-stretch fabric with a sheen finish, to cover the frames. At locations where the bracing pierces the intervening inner skin, an aperture was incorporated and had sewn around it a short lycra sleeve of the same colour. This moulded around the bracing as it passes through, effectively sealing the gap, preventing light bleed.

The entire pendant hangs from a central cord system, utilising a hoist solution that allows it to be lowered for maintenance purposes. The power feeds and suspension wire are within a single containment system to make the visual scene clean and integrated.

Philips iColor Cove MX Powercore was selected as the LED solution for the project, alongside a LiteSwitch DMX control, giving time and daylight triggered environment management from a single ultra-compact wall mount panel.

Finally, wireless DMX was specified for maximum simplicity and reliability, completing a comprehensive installation that adds a focal feature to this landmark development.