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Industrial iconic warehouse transformed into contemporary community hotel in Stockholm’s gallery district

Right in the nexus of Vasastaden and up and coming Hagastaden area lies the new, convivial and industrial BLIQUE by Nobis Hotel. A staunch upholder of the architectural heritage of Sigurd Lewerentz, superlatively elevated by functional amenities.

Words Andreas Siotis

Nobis Hospitality Group is an independent, family-owned business which consists of hotels and restaurants that all have their own individual personality, most of them located in Stockholm.

— We love contemporary design and architecture, fashion and art, without exempting classic and timeless pieces, says Business development manager Ralf Thalén. While we’re not too eager to cling onto trends, we want the interiors to have a sense of being genuine and warm. There is an understated authenticity in everything we do.

— Opening in 2017, Nobis Hotel Copenhagen marked our expansion outside of Sweden for the first time. BLIQUE by Nobis is our seventh hotel and it will also add two more restaurants to our collection.

What’s so unique about BLIQUE?

— It stands as a community in its own right, spanning over almost a whole block and featuring a courtyard, several restaurants, and bars, a lounge area with a contemporary live stage and a rooftop terrace with a spectacular view of Stockholm. Our aim is to become a meeting point for locals and travellers looking for an organic way of socialising in a venue revolving around architecture, design, arts, music, and food.

— We have set grounds where up and coming district Hagastaden, an area situated in the nexus of Vasastaden, lies. Our neighbourhood is also known as the Stockholm gallery district, with several of the city’s finest art galleries around the corner. We’re looking to become an extension of the gallery district by bringing strong elements of creative expressions into the building. This is also a way for us to honour the work of Sigurd Lewerentz, the famous Swedish architect who once constructed the hotel.

Yes, the building has quite a long history. What does that mean to you as a hotel?

— It’s an industrial warehouse that was originally designed by Sigurd Lewerentz for Swedish Philips AB in 1931. As soon as we got the opportunity to transform this house into a contemporary hotel concept, we decided to team up with our favourite architects at Wingårdhs, under the leadership of Gert Wingårdh. We created a design concept based on the architectural heritage of the building. The urban foundation of concrete and steel is softened by the use of warm, natural materials as well as offering its subtle, tactile abilities, that of leather and wood, says Thalén.

— All of our event spaces are named after Lewerentz buildings. He is also present as a visual force throughout our graphic profile. The font in our logo is inspired by a font that he designed for the World Exhibition in Stockholm in 1930.

What else is coming for you in 2019?

— For 2019 we will focus all our creativity and inspiration in creating an amazing first year for BLIQUE by Nobis. However, there is always a lot of festivities going on in our group with updated restaurant concepts. When we’re done with the opening of BLIQUE by Nobis we will start working with our upcoming projects in Palma de Mallorca as well as in Copenhagen.

BLIQUE by Nobis.