Design Hotel Levi
Design Hotel Levi is a new luxury design hotel in the village of Levi in Finnish Lapland.
According to the hotel’s architect, Pave Mikkonen, “The hotel 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.
“Inside, the elements of ambiance, design, and luxury form a memorable and yet highly functional whole.”
The £10 million project makes it the largest hotel project in the Arctic region to open for several years.
The hotel sits adjacent to its sister hotel, Levi Hotel and Spa, in the heart of the village.
It features 77 rooms and suites, all built to an exceptionally high standard with a design that incorporates the nature of the surrounding Nordic countryside and wildlife.
The hotel caters for couples, groups and families, in fact anyone looking for luxury accommodation with a convenient central location and access to the Levi village, the area’s ski slopes and a chance to witness the fabulous Northern Lights.
Inside and out, the new hotel offers a genuine experience of Arctic art and design.
The ’hip’ roof blends into the fell highland landscape with the exterior built of greying Lapland pinewood and a reception area of natural stone.
The colours and materials used include locally sourced wood, natural stone and copper.
The design detail focuses on contemporary, authentic Finnish design with artwork for the hotel and its restaurants coming from acclaimed artists working in the area including the sculptor Essi Korva and photographer Kaisa Sirén.
Kaisa’s giant, abstract photography is used throughout in murals, partitions and shower walls.
Essi Korva is a young and much-celebrated sculptor.
Her Sculptures are often based on her subjective experiences of the world.
They deal with fear, childhood, loneliness and emptiness, for which the rugged beauty of Lapland offers an excellent setting.
She works with a variety of materials; wood, cement, plaster, hair, clay or whatever she might find useful.
For Essi, the material itself is not too important; it’s the emotions that she tries to capture.
Her sculptures are portraits of feelings.
Sanna Leinonen, CEO of Levi Hotel Spa Resort said ”We wanted to create something new and thrilling for the area.
“A hotel which really stands out from what the region already offers, in total contrast to the lodge-style accommodation you traditionally find in this area.”
The Levi region offers one of the largest choices of activities in the Arctic region.
During the winter there are 230kms of maintained cross country tracks, 886kms of snowmobile trails, 20kms of winter walking and biking routes for visitors to enjoy.
Levi offers overs 40 pistes for downhill skiers and snowboarders of all levels. The village has also been host to the Alpine Ski World Cup since 2004 (held annually in November), which really shows the quality of the skiing on offer.