Santa Cruz, California
Hotel Paradox is an upscale boutique hotel in downtown Santa Cruz, CA located approximately one mile from the beach and approximately five miles from the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. This natural connection inspired the hotel to provide guests with a unique experience that explores an urban forest set inside a beach town. That’s the paradox of Hotel Paradox
Lighting design for this hotel had to be completed within a very short and demanding time frame. In fact, much of the lighting was actually developed during construction and installed within days to meet deadlines.
Lighting design for the project was a creative collaboration between Luminae Souter Associates, a motivated client, and the prestigious San Francisco based interior design firm Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates. The majority of lighting is highly efficient LED sources that provide general lighting, feature lighting and task lighting. The design objective was to make the lighting homogenous with the architecture and interiors. Small aperture square trim less down lights were used throughout to compliment the clean geometric lines of the spaces. Textured surfaces and fores murals were accented with LED graze lighting for maximum enhancement.
A Forest in a Beach Town
Because of the extensive use of high quality LED lighting the overall hotel lighting efficiency is approximately 68 lumens per watt with power density less than 1 w/sqft so the project easily complied with rigid California Title 23 requirements.
Design and construction was completed within a few months.
Project success proves that energy efficiency and good aesthetics can coexist.