Hotel Skeppsholmen

  • Hotel
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2009

On the lush island of Skeppsholmen in the middle of Stockholm city, in a building from 1699 with a colourful historic background, is situated Hotel Skeppsholmen.

The aim from Claesson Koivisto Rune was to create an urban oasis in all senses. A quiet and peaceful place, yet in the hub of the Swedish capital.
The starting point of the design process was the word ‘fog’, describing a natural and eternal phenomenon of enchanting beauty inspiring to contemplation, as well as relating to the surrounding waters and Hotel Skeppsholmen’s marine historical past.
From that idea forward, materials, surfaces, furniture, lighting, colours, etc. were chosen to create the hotel environment.
A concious choice of a restricted palette of greys and very light colours – partly inspired by the Swedish Gustavian style – was chosen to connect the hotel with its historical heritage. Yet all the bathrooms, lifts, furniture, and a series of light installations, was executed in a very contemporary way. Furniture and lighting was designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune, with a few exceptions.

Careful renovation
Since the buildings are government listed historic buildings, considerations regarding the conditions of the building as well as the original qualities had to be taken. Most changes also need to be reversible in order to return the building into its previous state if that would later be the case. The new bathrooms were designed as boxes behind which the old panels and surfaces are untouched. The uninterrupted view along the 100 meters long hallway was restored. In other