The Radisson Collection Hotel, Strand Stockholm has reopened its doors after an extensive renovation by Swedish Architectural Studio Wingårdhs, revealing a modern luxurious new look for the hotel, fit for the modern traveller and design enthusiast. The full renovation included 170 guest rooms, the lobby, meeting rooms as well as a new restaurant and bar concepts.
Led by architectural studio Wingårdhs, the focus of the redesign has been to highlight the unique details of the historic building whilst creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere
The hotel is an icon in Stockholm. It was originally opened to coincide with the 1912 Olympics and is still rich with history which remains an important part of the hotel today. Close to Stockholm's famous Royal Theatre, the hotel was frequented by Swedish actors Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman and became a favourite spot for celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot.
As part of the renewal, the hotel also introduces an authentic Swedish brasserie 'The Strand'. The bar serves distinctly Swedish cuisine, and is a relaxed and stylish area located next to the restaurant – all set to be a destination in themselves for guests and locals alike.
Through its design, Wingårdhs wanted to create a relaxed environment suitable for guests to eat, drink, work and be social; this was achieved with the creation of varied seating including long sofas and comfortable lounge chairs upholstered in soft velvets and warm-toned colours. The restaurant is filled with well-placed charging stations. As guests enter the restaurant they are greeted with a dramatic light installation. Hanging the length of the atrium, the installation features hundreds of lighting elements creating an ambient space resembling the night's sky.
Located between Stockholm's harbour and medieval city centre, the The Radisson Collection Hotel, Strand Stockholm boasts stunning views of the Nybroviken. The hotel is a short walk from Stockholm's Old Town, Gamla Stan, which features an eclectic mix of shopping destinations, bars and restaurants. Some of the city's most iconic attractions such as The Modern Museum, Nordiska Kompaniet Department Store and the ABBA Museum are only a few minutes from the hotel.
Led by architectural studio Wingårdhs, the focus of the redesign has been to highlight the unique details of the historic building whilst creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Alongside natural materials such as oak and walnut, the new interiors, feature soft textures and rich colours, reflecting the colours found in the hotel's surrounding buildings. The studio has introduced a custom grey-toned colour 'Strand Grey' which runs throughout the hotel and has also used recognisable design classics such as 2097 chandelier from FLOS and the Swan chair from Fritz Hansen within the communal areas of the hotel as well as the guest rooms.
"We believe in creating a dynamic experience by amplifying the building's own character. We wanted the new elements to be a distinctive addition to the original appearance," says Leila Atlassi, project leading architect at Wingårdhs, explaining how "the team created a warm and welcoming atmosphere, the interior tonality has been set from natural materials like stone, wood, leather and, metal in their natural colours. A specific tone of grey is noticed on the walls – Strand Grey and constitutes the base in the interior concept."
Wingårdhs' new design concept for the hotel focusses on functionality and durability. In the 1930's the hotel received a modern extension including the building of an annexe which incorporated the hotel's lobby and meeting rooms. Part of the recent renovation has included an update to the interior layout to join these two buildings, in turn creating a better flow between throughout the ground floor of the hotel. The custom 'Strand Grey' creates a consistency between the different parts of the hotel. The new layout also includes reopening of the hotel's side entrance leading directly to the bar and restaurant.
For the refurbishment of the guest rooms, Wingårdhs repurposed existing furniture and fittings such as the doors and floors, working meticulously to refresh each piece to fit in with the hotel's new aesthetic whilst maintaining the hotel's original and much loved character and charm.
To create a relaxed and homely atmosphere, the studio has used dark tones and rich wooden materials throughout the guest rooms with the exception of the windows which have been surrounded in white, drawing the guest closer to experience the stunning views of Nybroviken.
Located on the top floor in the historic tower of the hotel, at the top of a spiral staircase – originally a public view point overlooking the city – the 'Tower Suite' benefits from a private roof terrace and sweeping panoramic views of Stockholm. During the hotel's 100th anniversary celebration in 2012, the hotel team, along with the local community created a time capsule which has been stored in the suite and is set to be opened in 2112.
Throughout the communal areas of the hotel, including the hotel's lobby and conference rooms, Wingårdhs introduced wooden floors and walnut walls which help reinforce the building's character. Floor to ceiling windows throughout the lobby area provide guests with views of the local area.