NORDIC LIGHT HOTEL
Vasaplan, Box 884
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By night, subtle glowing colours emanate from the windows of an understated facade hinting at what is to come inside. Passing through the doors one is welcomed into a world created by hundreds of different sources of light, varying in colour and intensity.
The team surrounding the architect Rolf Löfvenberg and interior designers Lars Pihl and Jan Söder, have transformed an existing 1970s era building into a modern design statement. What was once a former clothing shop on the ground floor is now the Nordic Light Hotel’s sleek reception area. Black and white are the dominant themes here, but aside from the well chosen but nonetheless sober cubist furniture, the Nordic Light offers something truly unique. The lobby’s walls, ceiling and floor serve as a constant tapestry for lighting architect Kai Piippo to work with Sweden’s naturally radical atmosphere-transforming seasonal sunlight. From the shape of the stalactite lights hanging from a recessed circle in the ceiling to the ever-changing patterns of blue, orange and pink splashed onto the wall – sometimes even projecting images subtly evoking flowers or snowflakes – Kai Piippo’s installations are the strongest design theme throughout Hotel Nordic Light’s 175 rooms.
In some rooms guests can even play with the lighting to suit their own changing moods.
The special effect adds a remarkably pure, simple and transparent colour-theme to the solid elements of the interior design including light wood floors, furniture in whites, blacks and greys and quality Swedish Hästens beds. Because Stockholm gets little more than five hours of light during the day in winter, Piippo’s lighting aesthetically manages to lift moods influenced by the long dark months and generally creates an aura of experience during your stay.