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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Quality Hotel Expo in Fornebu, Norway by Haptic Architects

 
July 18th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Haptic Architects

Inspired by Nature

This interior architectural project for a large, 300-room hotel and conferencing venue, is inspired by the stunning Norwegian landscape and uses a primary palette of natural materials to provide variety in spatial composition, form, texture and colour.

Image Courtesy © Trine Thorsen

  • Architects: Haptic Architects
  • Project: Quality Hotel Expo
  • Location: Fornebu, Norway
  • Photography: Trine Thorsen, Simon Kennedy
  • Completed: March 2012
  • Client: K2 Hotellbygg AS v/Aker Solutions AS and AB Invest
  • Interior Fitout by: Haptic Architects Ltd
  • Team: Nikki Butenschøn MNIL, Tomas Stokke MNAL RIBA, Scott Grady RIBA, Timo Haedrich RIBA
  • Project Manager: AB Invest AS, Anders Buchardt
  • Main Contractor: HENT
  • Area: 14,000m2
  • Graphic Design: by Bob Design
  • Software used: ArchiCad

Image Courtesy © Simon Kennedy

The primary design strategy was to rationalise a complex set of interconnecting spaces and functions, providing consistent themes and architectural tectonics, but variety and specific “installations” to define each space from the next. The main communal space of the hotel is understood through a simple architectural theme, the “big floor”, which is then subtly sub-divided into sones to define the lobby, from the restaurant/cantine to  private dining, lounge/library and conference lobby.

Image Courtesy © Simon Kennedy

The norwegian forests are a primary inspiration, whereby timber is used through out in very different ways to create semi-permeable screens, cladding to cores, a bespoke square-log reception and bar, right down to details such as signage and loose furniture. The main lobby space is framed by a stylised forest wall that divides the lobby from the restaurant but allows glimpses between the spaces and filters natural light from the main skylight above.

Image Courtesy © Simon Kennedy

The lobby is more than a reception and waiting lounge, elevated to a communal dining and meeting point for hotel and conference guests,. Subtle lighting has been installed to work with the planted trees, where shadows from their canopies dance upon the articulated lobby ceiling.

Image Courtesy © Simon Kennedy

The lounge and library space is defined by a slender timber screen, that seemingly goes off for a walk, creating bar shelving, bookshelves, desks and ceiling. By contrast, the hotel rooms are pared down, with simple, quality materials and custom-made furniture made in collaboration with B&B Italia.

Image Courtesy © Simon Kennedy

Image Courtesy © Trine Thorsen

Image Courtesy © Simon Kennedy

Image Courtesy © Haptic Architects

Image Courtesy © Haptic Architects

Image Courtesy © Haptic Architects

Image Courtesy © Haptic Architects

Image Courtesy © Haptic Architects

Image Courtesy © Haptic Architects

Image Courtesy © Haptic Architects

Image Courtesy © Haptic Architects

Image Courtesy © Haptic Architects

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