Puroplan designed a 130-room luxury hotel that combines comfort, style and relaxed ambience – a true embodiment of hygge, the Scandinavian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality. The Art Deco-style hotel offers a nice selection of elegant rooms, a lovely courtyard terrace, modern conference facilities, private bistro Krog Roba, and lobby bar Lilla E, whose cocktails have already become famous in the nightlife of Helsinki.
The project was carried out in close cooperation with Building Control and the Helsinki City Museum in order to preserve the history of a listed building. The oldest parts of the house were designed by architect Selim A. Lindqvist, known as the designer of the Töölö depot, Hietalahti market hall and several commercial buildings in Helsinki. Before Lilla Roberts’s era, the building served as an electric power plant and the headquarters of the electric company Helsingin Energia, as well as the main police station of Helsinki.
Lilla Roberts has brought life into the quiescent neighbourhood and proved that a top hotel can also be located off the main streets. Now the Kaartinkaupunki area is known for its interesting restaurants and nightlife.
Puroplan was responsible for the project’s main, architectural and interior design.