L&L Luce&Light, magical lighting for a fairytale castle
In Pest County, Hungary, the fascinating Botaniq Castle in Tura is a Disneyesque castle recently returned to its former glory after a restoration that involved transforming the entire building from an erstwhile aristocratic residence into a modern luxury hotel.
The restoration included a new lighting design for the exteriors, carried out by 3F Project: the Budapest-based lighting design studio used lighting solutions by L&L Luce&Light to fulfil the client’s desire to accentuate the entire building, emphasising the castle’s architecture and surroundings with light.
L&L’s lighting fixtures were used in different areas in the structure, starting with the main entrance, where customers are greeted by an imposing arched entrance; it is flanked by a tall, cylindrical tower with a series of rectangular windows along its whole height.
On the sills of each window in the entrance and the tower, and on those of the arched dormer windows, 3000K, 7W Lyss 1.0 projectors were installed: their 20°x180° frosted optics create a semi-circular blade of light that emphasises the windows’ internal profile.
The castle complex includes a building with a square floor plan that houses the restaurant and each of its sides is further embellished by three large windows overlooking the terrace and outdoor pool: to emphasise the stone balustrades that mark the contours of this building, Trevi 3000K linear profiles with 40° optics were used, in different lengths; the same lighting solution was adopted to light the other stone parapets that outline the castle’s walls.
The team of lighting designers from 3F Project also used several 2.0, 3000K, 16W Siri projectors with 40° optics in a customized DALI version: the fixtures are directed at the circular windows, with curved cornices adorned with stone coats of arms, on the first floor of the structure housing the restaurant.
Other L&L fixtures, such as the 3000K, 3.5W Bright 2.8 recessed uplights with 41° optics, tiltable ±15°, were installed close to the walls on the first-floor terrace, while Step Outside 6.3 step lights with asymmetrical optics pick out the steps leading from the front courtyard directly into the restaurant.
The renovation also extended to the extensive park, made up of over ten hectares of greenery framing this magnificent hotel: the project aimed at restoring these grounds to their original form of an English landscape garden, by planting new trees and renovating the old paths that used to cross the lawns.
To light these paths, 2.1, 3000K, 12W Plin bollards were installed at regular intervals. These feature a 90° tilted head that holds the light source with diffuse asymmetrical optics.
Tura’s Botaniq Castle thus regains its lost centrality, thanks to princely lighting.