Hotel Schweizerhof in Bern, Switzerland has reopened following a two-year redesign and renovation program by the UK-based interior design practice, MKV Design.
All the guestroom floors and a large part of the ground floor public spaces were retrofitted.
“Our aim was to create a hotel that was particularly relevant for 21st Century business people,” said Maria Vafiadis, managing director of MKV Design. “We therefore designed a hotel that is contemporary but not fashionable, that is both luxurious and functional and which will stand the test of time. We believe that heritage hotel refurbishments should not be a literal interpretation of the past. We have to think about the hotel’s customers of the future and, in order to preserve the individual soul of a grand hotel, designers have to gently move the design on to meet the expectations of the next generation.”
Previously, Hotel Schweizerhof had only 89 guestrooms. In re-planning the guest floors, MKV achieved 99 rooms, each with a four-fixture bathroom. All the guestrooms combine “traditional architectural detailing with contemporary and classical furniture and fittings,” the company said in a statement.
Among the other changes made were the stripping out of the lobby area to allow the relocation of the main entrance while leaving the lounge intact; flanking of the front façade by a double layer of sheers to allow lighting in, even if these filter the views of those looking into the hotel; and the addition of an alabaster reception desk, described to have an unconventional form, topped by a digital art installation that pays homage to Albert Einstein who once lived in Bern.
The Bel Étage, the first floor meeting rooms and ballroom, were also given a facelift; and the new public and guest areas now boast of artworks, including Paul Klee prints.
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