21 March 2013

design: fabriken furillen

FabrikenFurillen has got to be one of the most unusual hotel on the planet, at least when it comes to location. This eco-friendly hotel, situated in an abandoned limestone quarry turned nature reserve on the coast of Furillen, a small island off the coast of Gotland, the summer getaway of choice for Swedish urbanites, is not only popular with tourists looking for something new and different but also as a venue for weddings, photo shoots and filmmaking. Watch a great inspiration-video here.

–Gerður Harðardóttir / koolandkreativ

The former limestone quarry was discovered and bought by photographer Johan Hellström in the 1990´s and duly turned into a hotel. The original infrastructure of the deserted buildings have largely been kept intact such as in the factory´s former canteen, where heavy chains still hang from the ceiling and in the 150 meter long and narrow tunnel beneath the main building, where up to 120 people can dine together, sitting at one long row of tables, stretching along the tunnels.

A consistent aesthetic concept runs through the whole of Furillen where the original infrastructure, local materials such as concrete, limestone and hardwood, rythm with the myriad shades of gray and white echoing the colors outside. There´s quite a lot of soft, gray sheepskins thrown on floors and chairs, Alvar Aalto glassware and Bang and Olufsen electronics. Guests can choose between rooms with cast-iron fireplaces with logs provided or rooms offering a view over the sea, one of two wi-fi free “hermit cabins”, were you can enjoy an absolute solitude or a retro-looking silver Airstream caravan which I personally find quite intriguing and would probably be my personal pick. 

 Photos: Johan Hellström

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