The new Hotel Indigo has opened its doors in Dundee, the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design
As Dundee, Scotland, becomes one of Europe’s rising design destinations – in part due to the open of the V&A Dundee – InterContinental Hotels Group has opened a new, exciting hotel called Hotel Indigo Dundee. Transformed from a 200-year-old jute mill, the new Hotel Indigo sits between Dundee’s famous waterfront and the heart of the city’s shopping district.
The 102-room hotel has a rich history, having taken over the site that once belonged to the Baxter family; in 1822, the Baxters built the first spinning mill on the site, and subsequently became one of the world’s largest linen manufacturers. Aware of this heritage, the Hotel Indigo has been respectfully renovated; the hotel’s three room designs have been inspired by Dundee’s past, and feature the original, vaulted brickwork ceilings.
Overseen by Hotel Indigo’s director of interior design, Henry Reeve, the interior design of the hotel was created by Glasgow based award-winning design firm, Graven Images. The hotel’s original large windows, cast iron columns and brick arch ceilings were all inspiration for Graven Image’s design, and have resulted in the studio creating an industrial-chic look throughout the hotel.
The first of the three new guest room designs is the ‘Dundee Cake’ room, which brings in discreet marmalade motifs throughout the room and on the jute curtains. Meanwhile, the ‘Comic’ room has been inspired by DC Thompson’s famous comic about a sheepdog, ‘Black Bob’; sheepdog commands are hidden in the room’s dado rails. The final new design is the ‘Gaming’ room, which is reflective of Dundee’s thriving computer game industry – the city is well known as the birth place of Grand Theft Auto.
All the rooms include furniture that was made and custom-designed in Scotland; the comfortable beds are finished with blankets made by local textile designer, Hilary Grant, whose work is inspired by waves breaking on the River Tay. The art work in each of the rooms is also entirely bespoke to the hotel, and has been created by Scottish designer, Lauren Li Porter.
On the ground floor, the lobby has been designed in an industrial style with a concrete floor and an exposed ceiling. Drawing further inspiration from the local neighbourhood, the lobby will also feature a large steel display wall, which will showcase found objects that have a connection to Dundee. Hotel Indigo Dundee is also home to a restaurant and bar named Daisy Tasker, in honour of a much-loved weaver who organised activities for workers when the site was still a jute mill.
“We are extremely excited to be opening our doors to guests. This is a unique and beautiful hotel and through clever design, we’ve really brought its heritage to the forefront,” General Manager of the Hotel Indigo Dundee, William Inglis, says. “We look forward to welcoming guests from the globe and have no doubt that they will fall in love with Hotel Indigo and everything this incredible city has to offer.”