Čikat Bay was very well known as a luxury health and seaside resort for the continental upper classes during the 19th century. Its charming surroundings and discreet nature of its location never actually changed this initial purpose. After recent revitalization, this fascinating and beautiful location became even more luxurious five stars destination with attractions of the exceptional level open to the public. Whole project was privately funded. The 2.3km long promenade has been carefully reconstructed and fitted with random effect discreet lighting where visitors can take long, romantic strolls above the inviting pattern installed directly to the stone pathway where the shadows and lights from the surrounding greenery are giving away that special appeal to the architecture.
The whole architectural lighting project consists out of a grand hotel, exclusive boutique hotel, two commercial villas, five private villas, connected green areas, public roads, driveways, an aquapark and a promenade. The complexity of the project can also be demonstrated by numbers: total illumination areas 162 082 m2 (public space 16.230 m2, exteriors 87.596 m2, interiors 58.256 m2). Complete architectural lighting proposal was made for this project, based on a holistic and methodical approach in all design stages, where no space was seen as isolated. The strategy was based on various lighting diagrams and topographies developed especially for this project, taking care of the natural environment and the benefit of the whole community. The realisation of the project lasted two years. From the beginning to the final stage of the project realization, the support was constant up to the smallest details so the initial idea could be performed as imagined and accepted by the investor.
Medusa is very unique and distinctive maritime lighting project where the demand for general lighting met highly decorative, strictly designed and freely artistic approach which gives away top end result - an underwater network of luminous sculptures. This installation is rectilinearly connected to the main entrance of the hotel and dominates over coastal terrace as a visual highlight for the guests and an act of the unexpected sight following the central principal plateau. The idea was to create a portal of light with 10m high, specially designed poles, inspired by pen shells. These poles are connected with the main jellyfish hub with thin LED lines. Positioning and connecting was very challenging and technically demanding part of the project as the line is continuously integrated into the poles, floor and the steps, creating visual connection between luminous underwater streams physically ending in the jellyfish
Medusa is 80cm wide globe, illuminated with a fibre optics system of two hundred luminous tentacles connected to it. The 60kg jellyfish hub is anchored to the sea floor and secured from tidal force and rare but possible poor weather conditions. Inviting and intriguing, magic but not deceptive design of the Medusa is friendly embedded into the seacoast being pleasant sight during the daylight too. Underwater streams are also made of light fibre optic cables with 20 illuminators. Fourteen decorative submarine fixtures shaped after jellyfish share these connective materials. They also radiate constantly changing light which follows the sea current. Harmonised with the light from the shore this creates an unforgettable picture, an underwater visual experience for divers and spectacular attraction for the viewers. The entire system works on 24 Volts with the power adaptors positioned inside the panel room located about 80m away from the longest illuminator. Whole maritime project is a bespoke luminous installation which took six months to manufacture and two months to install with a professional team of divers, technicians, builders and engineers, closely followed by Dean Skira's overview and his close team of supervisors. Curiosity and explorative spirit invested in this project and willpower expressed in the high performance of the works, together with a top end design processes and visualisation techniques evidently gave the best possible stylistic conclusion still within the beauty of the local nature breathtaking elements.