Situated in downtown Reykjavik, Sand Hotel sits right in the heart of the Icelandic capital’s cultural action – a perfect location for guests to enjoy the social, arts and cultural highlights of the city and the natural wonders beyond. Tucked behind one of the city’s oldest and most cherished institutions, Sandholt Bakery – a family run artisan baker since 1920 – and sharing the site of Guðsteinn Eyjólfsson’s Gentlemans’ Store, Sand Hotel ranks perfection as its ultimate priority. With this relentless drive for excellence, in synergy with its historic neighbours and with the ambition to remain at the forefront of Reykjavik’s hospitality offering, a renovation of the hotel was undertaken, and Hamilton Litestat was selected as the decorative wiring accessories supplier of choice.
The vision of the project’s interior designer and architect, Gudbjorg Magnusdottir, was to create the perfect combination of architectural history, culture and contemporary design flair. Drawing on the building’s 1920’s heritage, the designs evoked a subtle Art Deco quality, with faultless attention to detail throughout. From the beautiful oak floors to the stunning marble bathrooms, stylish furniture and contemporary artworks adorning the walls – it was imperative for the electrical wiring accessories to align with this vision.
With 53 guestrooms and suites and a number of communal spaces including the hotel’s reception and bar areas to complete, a discrete yet stylish solution was required. Selected for its flat, elegant design with firm edges and concealed fixings, Hamilton’s Sheer CFX plate collection was chosen as the basis for all plates, with a number of custom-made solutions as well as standard plate formats throughout the hotel.
“The quality and finish of Hamilton Litestat’s decorative wiring accessories throughout Sand Hotel has truly exceeded our expectations,” said Halla Haraldsdóttir, Marketing Manager, Keahotel EHF group. “The expertise and attention-to-detail with which the custom-made plates were developed and standard plates were implemented have totally aligned with our vision.”
All plates were finished in Bright Chrome with black inserts to complement the interior theme. With the Sheer CFX plate delivering an almost flush-to-wall appearance and with a nod to the Art Deco theme, lighting control throughout the hotel is via Hamilton’s standard (T21) 2 way on/off toggle switches, with a mixture of 1, 2 and 3-gang plates used throughout.
Simple dimming is achieved through a push-to-make (PTM) (TRT) retractable toggle switch, providing the user with enhanced control when it comes to scene setting and mood lighting.
Providing the high standard of service and reassurance demanded by the contemporary traveller was a prerequisite of the refurbishment of Sand Hotel’s electrical service provision and so a number of conventional plates were selected to deliver stylish solutions in-keeping with the interior scheme. These included: key card entry switches with blue LED locator light for every room and suite; single and double plates, with single or twin EuroFix 50×50 16A German Schuko power socket modules; and telephone and data services delivered using EuroFix RJ45 CAT 5E unshielded modules.
With the demand for personal lighting control and the charging of USB devices from each side of the bed, each room required a left and right-handed custom-made plate. A double plate containing a standard On/Off T21 toggle switch plus a PTM (TRT) retractive toggle for bedside dimming, and dual 2.1A USB-A charging ports was developed, again with the Sheer CFX as the basis for its design.
Working closely with EMEA Sales Manager, Albert Valdes in Barcelona, Hamilton delivered some 2,500 wiring accessories, including light switches, electrical sockets, telephone and data sockets and key card entry switches throughout the hotel renovation.
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Main image credit: Hamilton Litestat / Sand Hotel