Tobaco Hotel by EC5, Łódź – Poland

October 30th, 2013 by retail design blog

The Tobaco Hotel is located in the centre of Łódź, among historic tenement houses and old factory buildings. The hotel is part of the historic factory building complex. Since 1895, Karol Kretschmer had operated a wool textile factory there. In 1932, the National Cigarette Factory opened on the former textile factory premises. Nowadays, the whole building complex has been modernised and adapted to housing and hotel purposes.

The hotel’s interior has been designed by the “EC-5” studio. The interiors reflect the spirit of the 50s and 60s. The dominant colours, both in hotel rooms and communal areas, are steel gray and vivid blue, violet and green. The yellow colour 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, have been made of walnut veneer, the finishing of which is high gloss and matt. Dark and vivid colours have been confronted with white walls, floor and window decoration. Thanks to this technique, the effect of bright and spacious interiors has been achieved.

The architects’ desire was to emphasise the industrial background of the complex. Brick walls and ceilings have been displayed wherever possible. The same goes with bare concrete that has been used in many places, for instance to build the reception counter. In addition, the wiring of the main hall’s ceiling has been left exposed. The restaurant, situated in the hotel’s basement, most closely reflects the industrial character of the place.

Natural materials, such as walnut wood and original old planks, have been used, for instance, to create the bar. The walls are full of bare bricks combined with the shades of black, steel grey, white and light blue. Soft colouring has been enriched with the tints of gold and blue used in the decoration, such as the wall mosaic and 50s style chairs and lamps. On the other hand, in the breakfast hall you will find a dynamically-shaped built-in buffet counter, designed with the use of corian and gold laminate.

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