Softening a brutalist architectural icon

Balancing art with architecture, materiality and craft for a new Stockholm hotel.

We were commissioned by Nordic Hotels & Resorts to reimagine the interior of a former bank building on Stockholm’s Brunkebergstorg Square as a luxurious, 343-room signature hotel. Called At Six, the hotel marries the building’s brutalist beginnings with new and luxurious interventions that are inspired by the extensive art collection which is displayed inside. Many of these take shape around a rich palette of materials. Each thoughtfully crafted into enduring pieces that will patina with the life of the hotel.

The Table at At Six

Our collaborations across the hotel were rooted in local partnerships and the best of international design.

The centrepiece of the hotel wine bar is a four-metre long communal table hand hewn from a single Stockholm elm tree. The raw materiality adds a brutal yet beautiful nature to the piece. Specially commissioned by local designer and maker Lies Marie Hoffman. The table’s natural roughness contrasts with the fine finish of the cherry wood bar and raw linen textiles. To source the piece, our team accompanied Lies Marie to a forest and then local timber yard for wood-chipping.

Bespoke light fittings were developed specially for different areas of the hotel – from minimal, brushed-brass wall lights by Swedish manufacturer Rubn in the dining rooms, to sculptural pendants from Atelier Areti in the Lounge Bar.

A delicate installation of bespoke hand-blown sculptural glass pieces by Varmdo-based glass-maker Carina Seth Anderson sits on a custom marble Tobi Ishi table by Barber Osgerby in the reception.

Pieces were chosen for their appropriateness, celebrating local craft and the Nordic design sensibility.