PRECIOSA Newsletter No. 11 | JULY 2011

Even in the Highest Hotel in the World There is Something Czech

Would you believe that in the highest hotel in the world – Hong Kong’s Ritz Carlton – you can find a piece of the Czech Republic? It's true!

Within the recently opened hotel, which holds numerous world records – the tallest hotel, the highest restaurant and bar, the highest swimming pool and the highest Presidential Suite – you can find both Czech crystal chandeliers and modern light fixtures, all custom made, by PRECIOSA.

The Ritz-Carlton itself is located on the top floors of the ICC (International Commerce Centre) in Hong Kong’s Kowloon district. The ICC building towers an incredible 490 meters above the port of Victoria. The hotel portion, finished this spring, is found on floors 102 to 118. PRECIOSA created lighting elements for the hotel’s lobby, corridors, restaurant, spa, and also the exquisite presidential suite.

Vojtech Malina, director of PRECIOSA-LUSTRY, Hong Kong, worked on the project more than a year: "The biggest challenge for us was to combine the requirements and ideas of the three major design companies with whom we collaborated on the project. Our partners were from Japan (SPIN), Singapore (LTW) and Hong Kong (HBA). PRECIOSA developed over 60 design solutions and presented dozens of samples of glass for final approval. As for the unique glass sculptures, I would like to mention in particular the two dominant ten-meter long fireplaces found in The Lounge and Bar restaurant. These unique structures, inspired by the concept of flowing lava, as well as the matching window decorations, used over 100,000 custom-made crystal components specially made for this occasion."

PRECIOSA has been involved in the ICC project since 2008, when we created luminaries and sculptures for the lobby, including a magnificently illuminated 3-D glass rendition of Monet’s Water Lilies.

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