Design Hotel Levi is a new hotel in Levi, Finland, complementing an existing spa. Rising from the landscape of Lapland, the building brings a new face to the area while blending naturally into its surroundings with the combination of its contemporary idiom and the use of traditional materials. The hotel is carefully designed to fuse with the surrounding highlands. The design aim was the hotel to provide the guests an experience of Finnish nature in all its purity and power. Inside, the elements of ambiance, design, and luxury form a memorable, yet highly functional whole.
The story of the first Design Hotel in the skiing center of Levi began with a very different kind of approach comparing to the result. At first, PAVE Architects was asked to provide a renovation plan of the Levi Hotel Spa’s older wing. Quickly, the project developed into an idea of a whole new building. "I suggested that we would look at the property as a whole, see how the buildings are located in the plot, then demolish the old wing and build an entirely new building there to replace it," lead architect Pave Mikkonen states.
The hotel lands somewhere in between the nature of Lapland and the village of Levi, bearing a resemblance to both. The sloping building mass is shaped like the peak of a fell. The rugged façade, covered with grey pinewood, creates a link between the old and new, as well as the surrounding nature. The exterior materials continue into the interior, creating the same atmosphere on the inside.
The rhythm of the façade openings is clear and rational, with the exception of the more freely opened, overhang typed of main entrance, which invites guests into the public areas of the hotel. As a finishing touch, copper-toned balconies protruding from the façade create playfulness for an otherwise regular surface and reflect the color palette of the Lappish nature.