OP ARCHITEKTEN complete conversion of historic Polish cotton mill
Lodz is the centrally-placed, second largest city in Poland, whose rapid growth began with the industrial development towards the end of the 19th century. Created in the golden years of Lodz’s industrial era, this impressive building owned by textile magnate Izrael Poznanski was originally erected in 1878 as a spinning mill, part of a cotton factory complex. Now, empty for decades, the cotton mill has been transformed into an extraordinary hotel with 278 designer rooms and suites, 3,100 sq m of conference space, a ballroom for 800 people and fine-dining restaurants and bars with seats for more than 450 people.
Vienna-based OP ARCHITEKTEN studio converted one of the architectural icons of City of Lodz, evoking in this new project the spirit of the industrial revolution-era city, known locally as the 'Polish Manchester'.
A clear architectural concept integrates sophisticated 4-star hotel functions and arranges the 200 m long industrial building in an attractive and remarkable way. The unique atmosphere is created by a harmonious dialogue between historical aura and contemporary architecture. Great attention was paid to preserve as many of the original elements as possible; the internal bearing structure, cast-iron beams and pillars, steel-brick ceilings, structural walls and external façades.
The outstanding element in the silhouette of the building is a glass box overlooking the swimming pool, located in a former fire-water storage tank. The tank, made 130 years ago in Manchester, was placed in this Polish factory as a part of sophisticated fire extinguishing system. Walking in the pool becomes an experience of feeling the spaces flowing into one another; the skyline of the city, impressive redbrick scenography of the facades and the slight, elegant new landscape of the roof. Situated underneath this element are a fitness and wellness center, event space and sun terraces from all sides of the building. Located on the 4th floor are a 1,300 sq m ballroom, double floor high, fully customisable and acoustically separated from the rest of the building. Andel's hotel is the largest building of its type in Poland.