‘Snowfall’ at The Berkeley


A specially-commissioned light installation evoking an intense and magical snow scene is welcoming guests to The Berkeley this festive season.

‘Snowfall’ has been designed by leading international architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, who also redesigned the hotel’s façade last year. It features 137,000 lights that hang from the hinges of the carbon fibre beams. By day, the installation will refract the sunlight coming through the honeycomb effect within the tripled-glazed glass canopy; and by night The Berkeley’s entrance will be transformed into an illumination, as the glistening lights simulate the effect of snow falling upon the stone steps below.

Stephen Spence, associate partner at RSHP who led the design, says, “The installation evokes an intense snow storm as guests enter and leave the hotel, highlighting the sensation of warmth and cosiness inside. 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.”

General Manager Knut Wylde paid tribute to the hotel’s ongoing partnership with RSHP: “We are delighted to have collaborated with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners this Christmas to bring a sense of dramatic illumination to our entrance and provide guests with an exciting sense of arrival, in keeping with our innovative spirit at The Berkeley.”

The creation of ‘Snowfall’ brings a festive touch to the partnership, whilst looking ahead to further collaborations into the New Year and beyond.

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