Scandic Landvetter plants its flag in Gothenburg

by | 17 Jun 2021 | Design

Showcasing an innovative design by Wingårdhs, this 223-key airport hotel’s exterior features 1,308 flags punched into aluminum sheeting to create a truly international atmosphere.

Conveniently positioned adjacent to the terminal building at Göteborg Landvetter Airport, Scandic’s latest property is already turning plenty of heads.

A landmark Scandic property

Scandic Landvetter welcomes travellers into a vibrant space designed by Wingårdhs. This seven-storey building stands out for its striking exterior – not least the 1,308 flags punched into aluminum sheeting – and its lobby exhibiting a floor-to-ceiling artwork integrating 36,000 holidays photos.

“I’m extremely proud today that together with my team, I am finally able to open the huge glass sections that form the entrance to Scandic Landvetter,” said Lina Lilja, general manager at Scandic Landvetter. “This is where the terminal and hotel lobby of the future flow seamlessly into each other.”

Scandic Landvetter is the second largest Scandic airport hotel in Sweden and the first created in collaboration with owner Swedavia.

“We’ve been wanting to establish ourselves at Göteborg Landvetter Airport for many years,” said Peter Jangbratt, head of Sweden at Scandic Hotels. “And now, together with strong partners in Swedavia and Midstar and in line with our customers and guests’ wishes, we can offer an international airport hotel that provides opportunities for efficient meetings without even having to leave the terminal.”

Striking architectural and interior design

Facilities within the hotel include a 270-seat restaurant and bar, nine conference rooms and a coworking space. The top floor houses a gym and relaxation area, including a sauna and hot tub, with panoramic views of the runway.

For the design, architect Gert Wingårdh of the eponymous firm took his cue from the Nordic environment, incorporating an appealing colour palette of warm shades and light wood. He was inspired to integrate flags into the exterior by listening to a radio programme about a woman who fled from Hungary to Switzerland during WWII and the positive feeling she had when she saw a Hungarian flag on arrival.

“For me, flags are the ultimate symbol of international unity – travelling, meeting and communicating across borders,” said Wingårdh. “Naturally, Sweden’s second largest city and airport should have a building that reflects this.”

The hotel has also been built with a strong sustainability focus and is intended to be environmentally certified according to BREEAM-SE. As well as being designed with a positive sleep experience in mind, the rooms feature furnishings made from recycled materials, ensuring interiors have a lifespan of up to 15 years and can be reused during renovations.

Anna Strömwall, airport director of Göteborg Lantvetter Airport at Swedavia, said: “We’re naturally also extremely happy that Scandic Landvetter is opening its doors as the world opens up again and air traffic and travel begin to resume. Scandic is a very good addition to what we’re doing to develop the experience at the airport for the travellers of the future.”

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