Winner: At Six Hotel
by Universal Design Studio
Photo Credit: Andrew Meredith / Andy Liffner
The At Six Hotel combines art, brutalism and luxury to form a contemporary version of a metropolitan grand hotel. The design humanises the architecture, bringing a sense of desirability and luxury to the brutalist building.
Scandinavian designers complement the contemporary and classic furniture with commissioned pieces. Custom lighting by Rubn, sculptural, hand-blown vessels by glassmaker Carina Seth Anderson, a local saddle maker wrapping the handrail of the grand white granite lobby staircase in leather and artist Lies-Marie Hoffman carving a communal table from a single elm trunk from Stockholm, all lending their unique artistry.
Ten floors of accommodation reflect traditional and contemporary luxury elements with, for example, a wardrobe to house a Nobel-prize ceremony gala dress. The rooms provide contemporary luxury residential space; warm greys and textured natural materials contrast with soft furnishings, and classic furniture editions present a theme of juxtaposition throughout, with materials designed to wear-in and not wear out.
Rooms become lighter and darker leading up to the new extension and beyond the rooftops of neighbouring buildings. Light against dark, fineness against mass, all referencing the light and tone of Stockholm.
The judges said:
‘Coherent refurbishment of this brutalist building adds a little warmth and character. Very confident engagement with brutalist context, but balances to feel luxurious and craft. A very elegant design’
Finalists & judges' comments
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‘Great work on a listed building'
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‘A wonderful take on traditional design. Amazing in every way. A strong sense of historical context and layering without pastiche'
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‘Coherent refurbishment of this manor house in old-fashioned rich, warm style to give a luxury feel’
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‘Fresh, welcoming, hotel entrance’
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‘Layered and witty’
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‘Simple, straightforward, elegant, fresh design. Elegant and beautifully designed furniture. Calm and playful without trying too hard’
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‘The curved whale building and bar are very creative’