Alsike Hotel, Sweden

By Sandra Sudesh, Emma Larrson and Gemma Alcalá

This project was located in Alsike, a small village bewteen Uppsala and Stockholm city.

From a lighting design based project, the pictures show the decisions taken in relation to indoor and outdoor materials, as well as facade and openings. In other words, they show all the elements that could influence in daylight outcome and artifitial light perception.

The concept started to be developed as soon as we visited the site. We discovered the amount of nature was to be destroyed due to the construction of the hotel and new urban area in Alsike. We immidiately decided to base our project in bringing back the local nature. As can be seen in the moodboard, we translated the textures and characteristics of the field into lighting qualities and architectural elements. Furtheremore, we wanted to incorporate the Alsike flower within the project, which gave us the idea of using layers, weather light or architectural layers.

A Standard room is shown, located at the South facade of the building, where direct daylight was received. Such facade consisted on an irregular plane, composed by several asymmetric openings which are covered by a second layer of glasses. Those were also placed interchangeably.

Such apparent randomness was studied depending on the position of each room or common space in relation to views, position in the Sun Azimut and their closeness to surrounding buildings. The drastic contrast in terms of daylight hours Sweden has, needed to be considered. By doing so, we achieved to fully personalised each room by the quality of daylight they were receiving.

The selected materials were thought to enhance the desired lighting effects: verticality, linearity, texture, ambiance and focal elements. To see the complete lighting project, click here.

Model/ testing