American Golden Tower – Panama
The Hotel Las Americas Golden Tower Panama is a 5-star luxury hotel located in Panama City, Panama.
PTY Custom Lighting was tasked with providing the entire custom lighting package for this beautiful hotel designed by world-renowned Architect, Carlos Ott. With a production time of just 60 days, we worked hard to help create an amazing lighting landscape for this now-renowned hotel that only launched in December of 2016.
Carlos Ott, Architect
To create the custom lighting for the hotel, we were privileged to work with the Carlos Ott Architect firm. Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott is renowned globally for his astonishing and unique architectural designs. He is well-known for being the architect of the world-famous Dubai National Bank, with its unique curved glass front.
Ott first became well-known for winning an international design competition in 1983 to architect the Opéra Bastille in Paris. Ott beat out 743 other contestants and was hand-picked by then French President François Mitterrand.
Since then, Ott has won many other competitions around the world, including one for the Jiang Su Opera House in Nanjing, China. Some of his more recent renowned works include Hotel Boca by Design Suites, Buenos Aires; Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, Sede Pinamar; The Proscenium at Rockwell, Makati City; Philippines, and ECHO Aventura, Aventura, Florida.
Ott said the following about The Hotel Las Americas Golden Tower Panama: “It is a unique hotel in a very central place of Panama City. The goal is to create an exceptional building that leaves a great memory on its clients.”
As you can imagine, working with the Carlos Ott Architect firm was an incredible opportunity to create some of the most fantastic lighting we have ever designed and manufactured at PTY Lighting.
Clients & Brands
The Importance of Creative Lighting Design
The Hotel Las Americas Golden Tower Panama has 285 rooms on 21 floors. With one Presidential Suite, 270 rooms are “deluxe,” and 14 are junior suites. The restaurant has two full- service restaurants and a “gastronomic area” on the ground floor. There are two bars, one in the lobby and the other by the pool.
The hotel also has a fitness center, spa, beauty salon, business center, executive lounge, and conference rooms.
With such diverse spaces, we were challenged to provide custom interior lighting solutions to enhance the beautiful architectural design of Ott. Some of the hotel room lighting includes recessed lights in circular ceiling indentations and double lampshades with a black/grey screen covering the interior’s off-white shade. Chrome floor lamps accented suites with sleek white sofas and golden pillows.
The 507 Bar features retro custom pendant lights, and a unique collection of clustered pendant lights graces the bar near the curved pool.
One of the restaurants features a long, central wooden ceiling sculpture surrounded by lamps suspended from thin black rails. Hanging table lights offer a unique see-through ribbed effect.
The Main Attraction: The Custom Chandelier in the Hotel Lobby
Although the entire project came out beautifully, the stand out piece is undoubtedly the lobby chandelier, made of various elements, depicting the country of Panama. The decorative lighting shows a map of Panama that inspires and highlights Panamanian National Pride. You can see the map when you stand under the lights and look straight up.
The hotel owner has reported that the 60-foot custom chandelier attracts many people, even from the outside of the building.
Because of its unique, iconic look, the chandelier in the lobby has become “selfie central,” with tourists and even local residents taking snapshots of themselves under the dazzling light fixture.
We love when our lighting creations become more than just part of a room. When the lighting fixture becomes an attraction in and of itself, it can add tremendous value to a property. By using unique materials and designs, custom lighting can literally and figuratively light up a place.
Creating Sustainable Lighting for Energy Efficiency
The Hotel Las Americas Golden Tower Panama is committed to environmental sustainability, and it is the only LEED-certified building in Panama. LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” and it is one of the most well-known green building certifications in the world. It was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and has strict requirements that buildings must meet to earn the certification.
Of course, this also means that all the custom lighting fixtures in the hotel had to be energy-efficient to pass the certification.
Therefore, all of the Golden Tower’s hotel lighting fixtures are LED lights designed to save energy. LED lights are extremely flexible, but care needs to be taken to make sure they give off an impression of warmth and not a cold, electric feel.
The guest room lighting is set up with an energy saver option as well. This way, guests won’t waste energy by leaving lights on unnecessarily.
Custom Lighting for 5-Star Hotels
PTY Custom Lighting is very proud of the work we did for The Hotel Las Americas Golden Tower Panama. This is one of our most treasured projects, not just for the opportunity to be a part of a Carlos Ott building, but for the creativity combined with sustainability.
We supported every part of the process, from the design to the actual production of the lights in our custom lighting manufacturing facility. With the creative use of high-quality LED lighting, we were able to produce stunning lighting that perfectly complemented Carlos Ott’s stellar architecture.
If you have a hotel lighting project you need help with, contact us at PTY Custom Lighting. With our extensive experience, creative capabilities, and manufacturing might, we can help with all aspects of your project. Contact us today for a consultation.