Episode Hotel in Gading Serpong, in the emerging satellite city of Tangerang, Indonesia, is located in a heavily urban area, close to the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) Center, Scientia Park, IKEA, and popular shopping malls AEON and Summarecon Mal Serpong.
Built with the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) industry in mind, the hotel has eight meeting rooms, a main ballroom, an exhibition hall, two mini ballrooms, one multifunction room, two private dining rooms and 320 lavishly appointed guest rooms.
HBA, Indonesia led the interior design of the hotel. The company worked closely with lighting design company, Light Directions, Indonesia, to create a lighting design scheme that would complement all the interior spaces.
Local and Indigenous Influences
The 55,000 sqm hotel was inspired by the two cultures that are most closely associated with Tangerang: Baduy and Peranakan. The Baduy people are an indigenous Sundanese ethnic group native to the south-eastern part of Banten. This tribe is a secluded group that has held fast to their traditions and age-old ways of life.
The Peranakan ethnic group are Chinese but with an Indonesian heritage. They are descended from unions between Chinese immigrants who settled in this part of Southeast Asia centuries ago and local, native-born Indonesians.
While modern and chic, Episode Hotel and its guest rooms boast design elements drawn from these diverse cultures. Think colourful and ornate tiles favoured by the Peranakans, rattan furnishings, Chinese-style artworks, rugs featuring traditional Indonesian pattens and motifs, and more.
Let There Be Light
A hotel with as beautiful an interior as this needed the right lighting to help complement its best features. At the same time, the lighting had to be inviting as well as create a warm and welcoming ambience.
By utilising ceiling coves and well-integrated, concealed lighting in furniture and other interior elements, the design team was able to add interest and focus to various parts of the hotel. Supplementary downlighting was employed to highlight artwork, tables and specific points of interaction, such as the check-in desks and food counters.
Warm white, dimmable, 2700K LED fixtures were installed to accomplish these goals. To reduce energy and maintenance costs, a lighting control system was also installed, giving the hotel the flexibility to adjust the lighting throughout the day to suit its needs. The lighting control system included an astronomical time clock that automatically sets the lighting scene, to allow for a smooth transition from day to night for all the open areas.
There are also control plates within each enclosed room – that is, the ballroom, meeting rooms and private dining rooms – to allow for additional control of the lighting should the staff wish to change the lighting scene or raise or lower the light levels.
The design team paired the lighting with the Jung A500 Aluminium light switches in Matt Graphite Black. The frames and centre plates of the A550 with matt surfaces impress with their lacquer, which gives a special quality. Switches and sockets in velvety graphite black impressively set the electrical installation in the scene.
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