A 343-room luxury hotel in Stockholm’s Brunkebergstorg Square that marries a landmark, brutalist building with one of Europe’s most ambitious hotel art collections
At Six is a 343-room signature hotel in downtown Stockholm that opens a dialogue between the hotel’s brutalist 1970s setting and a meticulously curated art collection. The result is a luxurious destination that offers a thought-provoking, contemporary version of a metropolitan grand hotel.
The building, designed in the 1970s, was bought by Petter Stordalen’s Nordic Hotels & Resorts in 2015. It had been derelict for some time and felt broken and soulless, but we were impressed by its sheer scale and saw the potential for creating an interior that would harness the building’s strengths but bring a more warm and intimate beauty to each space. The resulting scheme includes ten floors of guest rooms, a penthouse suite, 100-cover restaurant, wine bar, cocktail bar and 2,000 sq. m events and flexible workspace.
A large, sweeping staircase adorned by a huge sculpture by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa brings guests up onto the first floor. Once there, windows at the front and back of the building connect the hotel to the newly refurbished square and the city. Throughout, materials such as stone and metal are deliberately bold, and the textures pronounced, which balances the building’s brute strength with a fineness of detail.
We chose a range of contemporary and classic furniture, then complemented them with bespoke pieces from local makers and established Scandinavian designers. Original artwork forms a central part of the hotel’s character, and we worked closely with curator Sune Nordgren to devise unexpected art moments and experiences that shaped the architectural mood and layout.
What is most pleasing is the way in which we have managed to breathe life into a seemingly redundant building by reaffirming its positive attributes, whilst updating it for the 21st Century. The hotel has been recognised with a number of awards, but its real success lies in the way the art and the building open up a conversation to which every guest and worker is invited; a social space in which engagement and storytelling are an integral and intimate part.