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The Ritz Carlton, Astana

Nulty has recently completed work on the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Astana based in the exclusive Talan Towers, a high-end, mixed-use development in the capital of Kazakhstan.

Talan Towers is situated on the left bank of Astana, in the heart of the business district. Forming the background of the main square, the towers have become an iconic landmark for the city, setting a new hospitality benchmark and providing a world-class destination for business and leisure travellers.

Working alongside design studio Blacksheep, Nulty has created two individual lighting design concepts: one for the all-day dining destination, MÖKKI, and the other for the penthouse sky bar, Selfie.

Located on the third floor of the luxury development, all-day restaurant MÖKKI features a large open space encompassing different retail zones such as a bakery, deli and grill. The main dining area at the heart of MÖKKI is characterized by a curved timber dropped ceiling, illuminated by track-mounted spotlights, positioned within the soffit above.  This allows light to graze through the timber fins creating movement and intrigue whilst highlighting key areas of the restaurant.

A feature marble wall wraps the perimeter of the space with carefully positioned LED lights integrated behind, washing light up to create a subtle perimeter horizon. Low-level lighting has been added to the shelves within the bakery and deli, with integrated LEDs in the joinery to illuminate the produce.

Complementing the clean architecture of the various spaces, a brass trough is incorporated into the ceiling to form a grid system, allowing a consistent design aesthetic to flow throughout. Surface mounted spotlights are nestled within the trough to provide general illumination, whilst suspended brass rails allow beams of soft light to graze the marble counters below.

The exclusive Selfie bar and restaurant is on the 18th floor of the tower. The space boasts spectacular panoramic views of the city’s skyline, framed by floor-to-ceiling windows.

The extraordinary ambience is created through a rich palette of jet-black marble, mahogany wood, velvet and copper, which continues throughout the space. The dark interior design is lifted by high ceilings that feature deep recessed downlights to provide an intriguing dining experience.  The lighting is purposely refined throughout to encourage intimacy and emphasize the breathtaking views.

The back of the restaurant features a slate marble wall installation trimmed with copper edges and illuminated by integrated LEDs to pick up the texture in the interior and provide additional depth to the space.

Mahogany wood columns punctuate the external wall of the restaurant and have been washed with light from above to highlight the rich material palette.

Decorative copper pendants are suspended throughout the dining space to create additional drama and contrast, whilst exuding a warm, intimate glow for guests sitting below.

The bar area has been backlit by illuminated light sheets to create a stunning backdrop that picks up the glint in the wine bottles and provides a visually exciting display.

Nulty’s Associate Lighting Designer, Anna Sandgren, comments, “Both hospitality areas use light in a very different way. We created a bright and welcoming space within MÖKKI, highlighting surfaces and playing with textures and finishes, whereas the Selfie bar and restaurant needed a scheme that created mood and drama adding to the exclusivity of the space.”
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