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Hotel Zander K, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Photo: Åke E:son Lindman

Rain Dance: Norwegian Design Hotel by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Instead of tearing down the old buildings in the centre of Bergen, the historical faces have been included in the new design, which continues the small-scale urban structure of the western Norwegian coastal city. The architects have maintained and refurbished the end faces of the two existing buildings from the 1920s and 1930s. In between, they have added the new, deep-blue façade of the hotel. This follows its neighbours in terms of design and rhythm to complete the hotel’s tripartite street side.

Although Zander K may seem relatively small when seen from outside, its interior reveals its true magnitude. With 249 beds, the design hotel extends over most of the block of buildings. The ground floor receives visitors and, apart from the lobby, encompasses a restaurant, bar and lounge area. On the upper levels the hotel rooms, which face outwards, are arranged around central access corridors.

The planners from Claesson Koivisto Rune are responsible not only for the floor plan of Zander K. Indeed, most of the furniture was made and perfectly coordinated expressly for the individual hotel rooms. A unified material and colour concept runs through all the interior spaces. Shades of blue, white and beige reflect the leitmotif of rain, which was inspired by the damp Norwegian climate. Drop-shaped patterns ornament the floors and flowing curtains. Selected natural materials and surfaces with various finishes create fascinating contrasts. Heavy velvets zone private areas and complement exposed-concrete columns and wooden tables. Stone and gleaming stainless-steel accents form elegant highlights that add concordant touches to the Nordic hotel.

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