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Kjaellgren Kaminsky, Sweden
Photos: Eson Lindman
"In-between the trunks of the beautiful Öijared forest one can sense a new figure, zigzagging between the trees and blending in with the environment from which it’s made.
Kjellgren Kaminsky have designed a new hotel adjacent to the Öijared Golf Club, originally designed by Gert Wingårdh in 1988.
The new hotel, consists of 34 bedrooms, a conference room, a lounge and offices. It will convey a sense of the countryside, the vivid forest is present throughout, through the materiality of wood, stone and dim colors.
The hotel is based on the same invisible grid as the existing clubhouse, however, the original building is dug down in the earth and the hotel stands on pillars. Therefore the building has as small impact as possible on the site and enables the forest to continue to grow up close.
In order to blend in with the surroundings the hotel is clad with an exterior wooden screen made of local spruce. The hotel is partly a modular building where the 34 rooms are prefabricated.
The hotel is based on the same invisible grid that the existing clubhouse but is in contrast to its neighbor, is placed on piles. The placement relates carefully to the site and allows existing forest to grow up close. The entire facility is also completely off grid.
The Wingårdh clubhouse is space within a hill, the material is rough-hewn limestone, arranged horizontally.KKA has placed the new hotel by the foot of this hill. A passage cuts through the hill and connects the underground clubhouse with the new hotel building that rests lightly on the ground.
A few hundred meters from the hotel, trees has been taken down in order to clad the new building with a ribbing.
The facade is made up by six different angles that provides six unique views. The wooden slats create a play with and the underlying red color, filtering out the volume. The course edge of the wood is to remind of the limestone structure in the clubhouse.
Wooden slats are arranged vertically in order to reinforce the forest and provide lightness to the house.On the south side the slats are folded out and become sunscreens. The extended slats imitate the filtering light passing through the forest.
In the hotel, visitors can experience the silence of the forest and its ability to absorb sound. The first thing you will experience while entering the clubhouse is the open fire. This element repeats itself when entering the hotel.
Both the exterior and the interior design becomes one with site’s context. The forest-room and its robust materials dominate the clubhouse. Wooden materials on the furniture, walls, and floor are combined with textiles in muffled and warm colors, inspired by the forest. The red facade is translated into a heavy curtain. Dark green niches, illuminated over the door, a specially designed carpet creates a unique and interesting corridor.
There are 34 rooms in the hotel, but it is also 200 beds. This means that the variation of guests is maximum. There may be a couple on a weekend trip, some friends of 6 people or three conference participants receiving each a "cabin" in the same room.
The hotel rooms have a warm and dark feeling, like in the deepest woods. This is manifested by specially-designed dark plywood furniture, robust materials like limestone flooring, solid oak floors, stucco-like walls in a gray dull tone, muffled green and red tones, with leather and brass fittings. From your bed you can lie following a bird’s movement up and down the trunk a meter from your window."
- Kjallgren Kaminsky