Blique by Nobis

Newly opened Stockholm hotel Blique by Nobis has been designed by the eminent Wingårdhs firm as a social hub for creatives and travellers alike.  Located in the city’s artistically vibrant Vasastaden district, the hotel is housed in a 1930s building designed by acclaimed architect Sigurd Lewerentz. Complementing and collaborating with neighbouring galleries, Blique’s venue space and specifically designed hotel lobby will host live events and exhibitions with local artists and musicians. Oak spoke to Helena Toresson, senior lead architect on the project, about Wingårdhs’ design process for Blique.

O: What was Wingårdhs’ original ambition for Blique by Nobis and do you feel this has been actualised?
HT: Our ambition was to create an overall interior design that connected and enhanced the original building’s features and materials, with the ambition and vision of Nobis. Nobis wished for a hotel that felt urban and cool, a meeting place for artists, businessmen and woman, for musicians, for researchers…. A creative, urban and welcoming hub. I am one hundred percent satisfied with the result!

O: What do you think is particular about Blique and how has the design embraced this?
HT: The fact that it is a completely new block that has been available for the public with buildings designed by one of Sweden’s most prominent architects. The Blique by Nobis block brings new life to an up-and-coming new part of Stockholm. It will bring value that will last for years to come. Our interior design enhanced the urban feel and the original building’s existing values and features.

O: How does the hotel’s design acknowledge the original building by renowned architect Sigurd Lewerentz?
HT: Sigurd Lewerenz had a unique capacity for sticking to his ideas and fulfilling them both artistically and technically. He was brave and consistent and designed both sharp and sensitive buildings. We have kept the base rough with only a few materials – concrete and steel and with really sharp detailing. On top of the base, an added layer of furniture, textiles and carpets – all in natural materials like wood, wool, leather – well crafted and designed eclectic items. Our overall interior concept is kind of an homage to Sigurd Lewerentz in a way – rough and refined, sharp but still sensitive.

O: Was the Vasastaden quarter a source of inspiration?
HT: Yes. The area is known as the gallery district of Stockholm and Nobis wanted to create space for cooperations between local galleries, artists etc. The grand lobby serves as an urban living room with plenty of space for both artworks as well as installations and performances.

O: What is a favourite detail of the hotel and why?
HT: First of all – the atmosphere! And then, of course, the spectacular rooftop restaurant and terrace.

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