In 2010 four Finnish women, Eva-Marie, Hannah, Niina & Tiina, had a dream to set up an interior architecture and design company that would do things in a new way. They wanted to create a corporate culture that promoted working together instead of under the name of one individual designer, so they founded Fyra. Fast-forward 8 years and Fyra Architects are a 14-strong team with a passion for providing solutions to interior problems. They approach every project with the same logic; that each solution needs to respond to a genuine need, there is no decorating just for the sake of it. Fyra used this approach in one of their recent projects where they were asked to transform the Cumulus Resort Airport Hotel in Helsinki. The LuxPad finds out more…
The management at the Cumulus Resort Airport Hotel realized that something needed to be done with the establishment, the interior solutions were no longer up to par with the requirements of air travellers who stay only for a night or two.
Fyra designed rooms that are easily adjustable to accommodate the types of guests in the hotel, which varies from single travelers to families and groups. “The same room can be adapted to suit different customer groups therefore accommodating everyone’s needs equally” says Mikaele Pomrén, Head of Hotel Development.
One of the key features of the rooms is the extra beds that are integrated as part of the built-in wall furniture. These ‘bunks’ are easy to pull down and are just as comfortable as the regular hotel room beds with one key difference: they allow the room to accommodate different numbers of guests within the same space.
The built-in furniture is balanced by a wide open interior on the other side of the room: there are no cupboards with doors, instead there is a beautiful open shelf unit made from wooden strips. “The idea takes into consideration that people stay here for a short period of time. It’s easy to see what you have unpacked on the shelves and you can easily pack your things when you leave”, says Fyra’s Keränen.
Outside of the rooms the hotel is full of savvy ideas to serve guests. The signage consists mostly of easily decipherable pictograms, each floor has a small kitchen with a microwave & boiling hot water and the luggage storage area allows guests to secure their bags with a chain and lock, enabling them to retrieve their luggage easily even in the middle of the night.
Featuring natural materials in abundance with lots of wood featured throughout, the hotel interior reflects Finland’s love of nature and design. For something completely different, the reception desk resembles a large traditional Finnish wooden dining table and instead of being behind a counter, the receptionist sits at the table with hotel guests, “We wanted to create a relaxed, balanced service encounter”, Keränen says.