Klaus K, Helsinki
Klaus K is located in Helsinki. It opened in November 2005. The hotel has 136 rooms, three restaurants, two bars and a nightclub. Th e property has been a hotel since the 1940s under the name Klaus Kurki, then run by Sokos.
The assignment was to create a hotel ”with style and story”. Our client had decided that they wanted to convert a anonymous chain hotel to a modern lifestyle product. The twist on it all was that they wanted to use the finnish national epic ”Kalevala” as a base. Kalevala is a book based on folk songs collected in the 19-century by Elias Lönnroth, as a part of the Finnish independence movement. Kalevala has since been regarded as very important for the finnish national identity and pride. It is also widely regarded as a major influence for Tolkiens ”Lord of the Rings”. Kalevala tells a similar story of a struggle between good and evil and even has its´ own ”ring” – only here it is called ”sampo”.
We came up with a sentence as a conceptual guideline for our work:
”A personal contemporary hotel, inspired by the emotional contrasts of Finlands national epic, its nature and drama”
We also had to stay true to our story. Therefore we devided the hotel into one light half and one dark side. We designed carpets and wallpapers with quotes from Kalevala, the reception desk was designed as a gigantic egg. (According to the finnish national epic the world was created from eggs) We named room categories ”Mystical” & ”Passion”, ”Desire” and ”Envy” and ”Envy Plus” A restaurant concept true to the finnish nature was created and named ”Ilmatar” after the godess of the wind. The bar/nightclub is named ”Ahjo” after the fire were the sampo was made.Project finnished: 2005-11-15