EC-5 showcased the Tobaco Hotel, located in the center of Łódź, Poland, among historic tenement houses and old factory buildings. The hotel is part of the historic factory building complex. Since 1895, Karol Kretschmer operated a wool textile factory there. In 1932, the National Cigarette Factory opened on the former textile factory premises. The whole building complex was modernized and adapted to housing and hotel purposes.
The hotel’s interior was designed by the EC-5 studio. The architecture project team includes Luiza Jodłowska, Martyna Nowak, Hanna Pietras, Piotr Płóciennik and Dorota Szafrańska.
The interiors reflect the spirit of the 1950s and the 1960s. The dominant colors, both in hotel rooms and communal areas, are steel gray and vivid blue, violet and green. The yellow color constitutes the leitmotiv of the whole complex. It appears in the corporate identity and in the decoration.
Many interior furnishings, as well as most furniture, are made of walnut veneer, the finishing of which is high gloss and matt. Dark and vivid colors are confronted with white walls, floor and window decoration. With this technique, the interiors appear more spacious.
The architects desired to emphasize the industrial background of the complex. Brick walls and ceilings are displayed wherever possible. The same goes with bare concrete used in many places, such as in the reception counter. In addition, the wiring of the main hall’s ceiling was left exposed.