Two adjoining 18th century buildings are transformed into a contemporary 5-star hotel in central Stockholm.
To create a worthy equivalent to the grand hotels of old, with their century-old ideal of quality, Claesson Koivisto Rune concluded that an uncompromising attitude together with a certain amount of eccentricity was necessary. No detail is less important than another and matching is not about an ever-present, repeated furniture model or colour rather it is about a consolidated personal mixed selection.
The extravagant Gold Bar, the French-inspired 24/7 bistro facing Norrmalmstorg, the Italian trattoria Caina on the floor below, the relax area entirely clad in marble and the conference section with its original wooden panelling preserved have each been given a distinctly different character. Despite these differences, each space flows into the next so that the spatial context is strong. Most of the work lay in making openings and spaces between the entrance, lobby, bar and 'living room' - the generous lounge. For example, a joist floor structure, an old addition to the original building, was removed to regain the original inner courtyard's full height.
The colour scheme and lighting design is warm and subdued throughout. , Claesson Koivisto Rune call it ‘Scandinavian dark blonde'. Another recurring theme is that there are subtle patterns, in many cases derived from their own abstracted architectural drawings. The corridor carpeting and the wallpaper in the conference section are two resulting examples. Apart from the fixed interior features like, for example, the reception desk in rusted and waxed solid shipping steel, a large number of new furniture designs, textiles and lamps have been developed specifically for the hotel. Claesson Koivisto Rune contribution to this project spanned 20 months. During this time, besides continuous nursing, the general architectural concept was laid out, the planning and restructuring of the central communal areas around lobby, lounge and restaurants were made as well as the furnishing of 201 guest rooms of which there are 115 variations.