CLIENT Seabird Resorts
YEAR 2009 – 2013
VISUALS Ali Rangoonwala


The Alila Diwa in Goa, India, is a 200-room resort with 4 restaurants with bars, a conference facility, a health spa, and 3 swimming pools. The entire resort was built in accordance with the “Green Globe” environmental guidelines, which focus on reducing light pollution and respecting the natural habitats of the local flora and fauna. Given the vernacular architectural style, several choices of lighting treatments, materials, and fixtures were informed by local crafts. Light levels were kept at a minimum, thereby sculpting a romantic and exclusive feel.
The lighting design approach for Alila Diwa had two key aims. First, create a fully immersive experience for guests using illumination, from the overall plan to the materials for individual light fixtures, to emphasize the resort’s spirit of serenity, luxury, and romance. Second, attain Green Globe status through balancing the utilization and preservation of local resources and reduction of light pollution.
In the development of the lighting concept, Alila Diwa and its surroundings became both the subject and inspiration. The beauty and complexity of the local flora and fauna, such as the indigenous frangipani and banyan trees, for example, were integrated into the lighting concept and augmented through a judicious rendition of appropriately-located light fixtures. A guide was created for develop-ing lighting designs that would feel, but also the detail and nuance in the architecture and landscape. A focal point analysis was done in tandem with an additional step where all views were considered. This step required especially careful consideration and thoughtful visualization. This process enabled us to deliver designs based on the experience of the people that work, play, and relax in the spaces. Alila Diwa’s focal points are the resort’s key restaurants, major architectural features, such as building facades, important junctions, such as the covered path weaving between buildings, spa area, and main entrance. The lighting layout is an interpretation, complete with technical considerations, of the guidelines set forth early in our creative process. Fixture spacing, quantity, placement, type, and architectural detailing were just a few of the considerations that were carefully considered and researched before implementing the lighting design intent.