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.
Swedish Hotel Stora Hotellet in Sweden by KriskaDECOR
February 6th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: KriskaDECOR
Barcelona, 19 June 2014.-Stora Hotellet, the last project of Stylt Trampoli studio, is a venerable old hotel with a saltwater-stained past, in Umeå, way up north on the Gulf of Bothnia.Inspired by the city’s seafaring heritage, KriskaDECOR has given the hotel a sumptuous new look where the refined meets the rough, just like the high society once met the sailors in the hotel’s parlours and dining rooms. KriskaDECOR delivered amazing multi-coloured chain curtains for the lobby and reception area.
Approximately 95 KriskaDECOR curve curtains decorate the lobby’s ceiling. And the colours used are the satin brown, satin black, satin coffee, satin green and shiny emerald. The colours selection pretend to recreate the seabed colors of the sea and seabed algae.
Umeå, a city of about 120,000 on the Bothnian Bay in northern Sweden, has a long and proud maritime history. That heritage is the inspiration behind the remaining of the venerable hotel by Swedish concept- and design agency Stylt Trampoli, which has resulted in the splendor being brought back along with the scent of the sea.
“The whole concept is about contrasts – velvet and sailcloth, sea spray and champagne,” explains Erik Nissen Johansen, founder and creative director of Stylt Trampoli. “We have let the ocean back into the elegant parlors of the hotel.”
Stora Hotellet (“Grand Hotel”) was built in 1895 with funds provided by the local Seamen’s Mission. The building housed the finest hotel in town as well as the Mission’s own offices. It was a meeting of two worlds – high society, and even royalty, rubbed shoulders with the captains, sailors and old salts off the ships in the harbor.
The room categories are named after the sailors’ preoccupations, such as Superstition, Longing and Adventure. In the main stairwell hangs a three stories tall chandelier made from rope and glittering plexiglass crystals. The menu at the new hotel restaurant, Gotthards Krog, is based on local products and flavored with inspiration from the great port cities of the world.
Gotthards Krog is named after the hotel’s first proprietor, Gotthard Zetterberg, a veteran of Nordenskiöld’s 1883 Greenland expedition.
“The new Stora Hotellet belongs as much to the locals as it does to our guests from afar,” says hotel manager Anna Gemrud Mörner.
Stora Hotellet adjoins the indoor town square of Umeå’s new cultural arena, Väven, where Stylt Trampoli have also developed Kulturbageriet, an artisanal bakery and café. Later this year, another hotel, U&ME, also designed by Stylt Trampoli, will also open here.