Stylt Trampoli wins UNESCO Prix Versailles for world’s best hotel design

by | Sep 24, 2019 | Design

The triumphant team of Stylt Trampoli at the UNESCO Prix Versailles presentation ceremony.

14-room Niehku Mountain Villa project becomes first Scandinavian entry to win the prestigious UNESCO award.

Swedish design firm Stylt Trampoli takes home yet another accolade, this time bestowed by UNESCO.

We take a look inside the Niehku Mountain Villa, which took home the UNESCO Prix Versailles for the world’s best hotel design.

Stylt Trampoli’s winning streak continues

Gothenburg-based Stylt Trampoli has been going from strength to strength, as is evidenced by their continued winning streak for the creation of some mind-blowingly beautiful hotels.

The Swedish design firm has already taken home a host of awards for hotels such as the HUUS Hotel Gstaad in Switzerland and the Downtown Camper in Stockholm, as well as receiving two prizes at the AHEAD Awards a few years ago.

Now they are back again with their Niehku Mountain Villa, located in Riksgränsen, Sweden, which has been given the prestigious honour of the UNESCO Prix Versailles for the world’s best hotel design.

The small Lapland hotel was up against properties in Oman, Brazil, Malaysia, the USA, and China, so of course Stylt Trampoli was delighted that Niehku was the first Scandinavian entry to win the award.

A boutique in the heart of Swedish Lapland

It is easy to see why the Niehku Mountain Villa won the hearts and minds of the jurors. This 14-room boutique hotel is a luxurious oasis in the middle of a stunning and challenging landscape.

But the challenge is half the fun and staying in Niehku is nothing short of a once in a lifetime experience. From the carefully curated design to the adrenaline pumping adventure sports guests can partake in, a few days spent at this mountain villa will reaffirm the wonder of life.

Stylt Trampoli conceived of the hotel’s interiors after looking into the site’s former life, which was that of the roundhouse for the old cargo train that ran through the site, which is on the border of Sweden and Norway and once transported iron ore.

Taking their cues from the site’s industrial heritage and the remaining semi-circular walls of the old roundhouse which are still visible, the designers combined these unique features with natural materials, local colours and vernacular traditions to create an inimitable space.

The hotel’s name, Niehku, comes from the word “dream” in the Northern Sami language, and there is no more appropriate term for what guests will experience in this far flung retreat in one of the most isolated places on earth.

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