Stylt Trampoli wins UNESCO award for Swiss hotel design

George Sell By George Sell
16 May 2017 | Updated 16 May 2017

Sweden: Gothenburg-based design agency Stylt Trampoli has won the Prix Versailles for the interior design at Spedition Hotel & Restaurant in the Swiss town of Thun.

The Prix Versailles is a global award that recognises excellence in commercial architecture, such as stores, malls, hotels and restaurants. The goal is to erase the perceived differences between commercial and cultural architecture, and create a new paradigm with sustainability and social and cultural values in focus.

"We are completely stunned that we won," said Stylt founder and creative leader Erik Nissen Johansen, "especially as the competition consisted of some of our greatest heroes." Among the nominated in the same category were Philippe Starck, Rockwell Group and Yabu Pushelberg.

Nissen Johansen received the award from Minja Yang, deputy director of the World Heritage Centre, and François de Mazieres, Mayor of Versailles, at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Stylt was asked to transform the logistics centre of a former cheese factory in Thun into a boutique hotel by the property owner Credit Suisse. The hotel is run by a local team headed by the Swiss hotelier Manfred Weilguni. In the century-old building Stylt has created a hotel experience "far from the traditional staid and proper Swiss chalet style. Spedition offers atmospheric lighting, a moody, muted colour scheme and surprising persona details".

The hotel has been fully booked since its opening day in late 2016.

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