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Creating a spectacle in Doha

Kalmar Lighting traces its origins back to the 1880s and was a prime mover in the WERKBUND movement in Vienna at the beginning of the 20th century. Today it offers a wide range of both standard and specially-designed lighting solutions for, amongst others, hotels, cruise liners, palaces, museums and government buildings, around the world.

Kalmar has created a spectacular lighting success at the Qatar National Convention Centre. The ‘Oyster Lights’ have been designed to alter the ceiling height and ambience in a large, multifunctional space. For conventions, the lights sit ‘parked’ and closed at a height of up to 16m. They can dramatically change colour and operate individually or in sequences. To create a more intimate mood, for banquets for example, the lights drop to a height of 2.7m, and slowly open to reveal a dazzling 5m span of backlit, colour-changing crystal. Each light fixture weighs an enormous 380kg and contains 13,700 Swarovski crystals and 856 RGB LEDs. The Oyster Lights were inspired by the sea life in the Gulf of Qatar and designed especially for the National Convention Centre. They won a 2008 FX Interior Design Award.

Other projects in Doha have included a large hotel portfolio including the W Hotel Doha, The Ritz Carlton: Sharq Village and Spa, Millenium, Sheraton – and the Arab Bank.

Kalmar is contributing it specialist skills and distinctive, world-beating design to the development of spectacular spaces like the QNCC, which won the much-coveted Best Events Venue at Middle East Events Awards 2013.