'Snowfall' at The Berkeley
Dreaming of a light Christmas
This Christmas, we’re adrift in a breath-taking blizzard of our own making. As dusk approaches each evening, snowflakes are set to fall over The Berkeley’s steps in an atmospheric, artistic cascade.
But there’s no frosty reception here. ‘Snowfall’ is created from a canopy of delicate, dreamlike lights – 137,000 tiny lamps on shimmering strings that dance, as if suspended in mid-air. By day, they are little droplets of winter sunshine. And by night, the whole creation becomes an iridescent spectacle that puts white Christmases in the shade.
So before you step across the entrance into welcoming warmth, pause in winter wonder for a moment. Because this enchanting installation by our friends at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is completely illuminating.
The lights are placed as low as possible so that they can almost be touched, as if the snow was bearing down. This creates a magical and memorable experience, enhanced by the sparkle of the reflections above.
Stephen Spence, lead designer, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners