Monday, February 1, 2010

Grims Grenka Hotel, Oslo, Norway

I have hotels on the brain these days since I'm currently working on a hotel project. My new favorite fabulous modern hotel, designed by Kristin Jarmund Architects, is the Grims Grenka Hotel in Oslo, Norway.

The design intent is explained on the Design Hotels website as:

...refined and modern design elements {are} combined with traditionally Norwegian features to create a luxurious and sensual atmosphere. Kristin Jarmund Architects paired tactile natural materials such as stone, wood and leather with glass and painted surfaces. Eye-catching flourishes include folk art, lamps made from reindeer antlers and a moss garden embedded in the reception desk...
There are winter rooms and summer rooms distinguished from each other by color palettes.  Other sources of inspiration include ancient Norwegian log houses.

The interior is spare and modern but with attention paid to the details.


They water feature outside the bar is like a screen, shielding some of the view to the inside.


The corridors are simple and dark gray with the room numbers printed on the "wooden bridge" at the floor.


The guest rooms are spare with windows into the bathroom.  Below is a "winter room" palette.

Some of the suites, like this "summer room", have integrated bathrooms {I'm still not convinced this is a good way to go but they are beautiful and functional}.

{photos: #1, 3, 6, 8 - acechick; #2, 7 -  dionhinchcliffe/ / CC BY-SA 2.0; #4, 5 - cornybeard/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0; #9 - jonolave/ / CC BY 2.0}

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