Cool. Bold. Luxurious. These are the three words that come to mind when looking at the stunning interiors of At Six, in Stockholm. Designed by Universal Design Studio, this hotel is an exquisite addition to the beautiful capital of Sweden and had me swooning. Ultimate cool luxury.
Scroll down for a tour of this striking design.
A Brief History
Located on Brunkebergstorg square, in the heart of Stockholm, the hotel’s building has a controversial history. Born in the brutalist era of the 70s, its building is characterised by a raw, unpretentious use of metal and granite and is an impressive piece of architecture. Brunkebergstorg square however, was not always the corporate modern city it became in the 70s, it was actually home to a number of grand buildings of the Belle Époque and a favourite amongst the rich and glamorous. This lively ambience was lost when these buildings were demolished to make way for new, more modern, architecture, which turned the area very corporate. At Six’s building for example, although initially designed as a hotel by architects Boijsen & Efervgren, became the home of Swedbank.
Today however, the vibe is changing again. A new project called Urban Escape aims to reinvigorate this area and turn it into a place where people can live, work and interact seamlessly. The idea is to create not only functionality, but to enhance living and encourage growth. This is achieved by creating spaces that inspire and enrich both work and social life. At Six is a vital part of this vision and the talented team at Universal Design Studio are on point with their design. They created a space that emulates cool luxury – it is dynamic and edgy, but also dreamy and welcoming – more to that below.
The Hotel Interior
“A rebirth. A reimagining. A hotel to be seen”. That is how At Six describe their hotel on their website and boy are they right. With 343 rooms, this hotel is big and has an air of a grand plaza hotel, but it’s far away from your usual luxurious design. It’s dark, cool luxury with a modern edge.
As you walk through the main entrance you are greeted with an impressive foyer. Dark-grey stone walls and ceilings frame the space, allowing the white granite staircase and the huge sculpture by Jaume Plensa to be the striking feature of this room. The neutral leather wrapped handrails on the other hand, add a soft elegant dimension. These were handcrafted by a local saddle maker and add real authenticity to this design. To the right hand is the reception. A beautiful bespoke piece made out of brushed brass panels with a simple black table top.
It’s honest, monochrome design but the result is a real statement. It reflects the harsh corporate history of the building and its brutalist exterior, whilst emulating cool luxury. Universal Design Studio have not only achieved to celebrate magnificent hotel design with this impressive entrance, but did so in harmony with the architecture of this building.
Dark interiors have something so daring about them. They emulate bold, cool luxury and that is the style London based Universal Design Studios went for in the guest rooms.
An almost-black base palette is achieved through dark timber panelling, moody velvet upholstery and ink-hued bespoke furniture. This darkness is contrasted through beautiful bronze accents and large mirrors; strategically placed close to the window to maximise the natural light. It’s a stunning scheme with a real edge. It feels incredibly luxurious yet so daring and powerful. Even the mini bar is fun and allows you to mix your own cocktails with some stunning utensils. And how comfortable do those crisp white bedsheets look? I for one am dying to stay here!
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