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ÅF designs the lighting for Grand Hôtel Château de Versailles

At the Palace of Versailles in France, ÅF Lighting will design the lighting for three listed buildings about to be turned into a luxury hotel.

The historical building which used to house King Louis XIV’s Ministry of Finance will be turned into a luxurious hotel, where visitors can spend the night like royalty. This will be the first hotel of its kind on the palace property. ÅF Lighting will design the lighting for the interior as well as the façade and exterior of the entire hotel.

“It is a wonderfully unique but complex project. As the compound is listed, it is important that the lighting design reflects and highlights the iconic architecture of the palace,” says ÅF Lighting’s Chief Lighting Designer Oscar Nyström. The renovated property will house 19 exclusive hotel suites, with direct access to the royal garden, as well as a restaurant managed by famous chef Alain Ducasse, serving world class French cuisine.

The three 17th century buildings earmarked for renovation are known as the Hôtel du Grand Contrôle, the Petit Contrôle and the Pavillion of the First 100 Steps. All of them are in disrepair and the largest building has been unoccupied for a decade.

“It is a great honour to help revive buildings of such historical importance, and we are doing so in close cooperation with architects and historians,” says Oscar Nyström.

The Versailles hotel project is the latest among several recent ones of international prestige for ÅF Lighting, such as the Hôtel Le Metropol in Monte Carlo, The Park Hyatt Vendôme in Paris and The Plaza in Muscat.