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Thon Hotels
A new hotel and shopping centre
2012
Espen Grønli
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 75, B-1040 Brussel, Belgia

To commute to Brussels can be tiring - long journeys, long meetings, long hours. With a work life like this, you need a sanctuary where you can recharge your batteries.

The main idea was to create the opposite of what people expect of a hotel for bureaucrats in Brussels. The hotel is divided into zones. The areas you move through quickly give you the equivalent of a vitaminshot in the form of bright colours. For example, the walls in the corridors are kept in yellow, pink and lime. In each corridor a different colour was chosen for the walls on either side so that it is possible for guests to orient themselves intuitively. Corridors and conference rooms have specially designed rugs with organic patterns in pink and gray. This is how we softened the sharpness of the hard expression that is created by the building's numerous angles and corners.

Carpet patterns lend a dynamic contrast. The hotel's little secret is the two lift shafts where we used surprising floor markers; the ground floor has a picture of a boy and a girl baby. These babies grow older and older as the lift goes higher and higher. The pictures are black and white, but one item in each picture is the same colour as the wall colour for that specific floor, for example, the 20-year-old's pink tie. The faces create intimacy, and because a visual impression sticks easily in our imagination for most of us, it's easy to remember on which floor one belongs.

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