Polish design studio EC-5 Architects , designed the interiors of the newly opened ibis Styles Hotel in Lviv, Ukraine, drawing inspiration from the city itself.
EC-5 Architects is a Polish design agency specialising in hospitality architecture and interiors. One of the latest projects in their portfolio is the brand-new ibis Styles Lviv hotel, where the rooms, common spaces and signage system aim to deliver a fresh interpretation of Lviv’s historical past.
The concept behind ibis Styles hotels is affordable comfort and style. Design is central to the brand vision, a key factor distinguishing the ibis Styles hotel chain. The hotels are non-standardised, each one presenting the story of the city it’s located in. Even though each is unique, a colourful, bright and energetic personality is at the heart of every ibis Styles hotel, their distinctive style and layout making them easily recognisable. Opened in September 2015, the ibis Styles Hotel in Lviv is the latest of the nearly 300 hotels making up the chain, which currently operates in 25 countries across the world.
Lviv itself is a city commonly is associated with monuments and historical buildings, however EC-5 took a fresh approach towards showcasing the city’s heritage by blending the old into something new: traditional embroidery, elements of characteristic historical buildings and the city plan were reworked into the contemporary design motifs and patterns used throughout the hotel. Furthermore, each of the 8 hotel floors host decorative visuals inspired by everyday life in modern-day Lviv, including bicycles, the tram railway, an old-school bench, a city lamp, and the lion featured in the city’s coat of arms, echoing the atmosphere of a city that mixes tradition with modernity.
The brand’s core values of simplicity, interactivity, quality and conviviality are clearly expressed in the public spaces; The reception, defined by striking Big Bang lights, is surrounded by communal areas where large sofas and seaters create a “home away from home” vibe, with complimentary tea, coffee, water, newspapers, magazines and an interactive computer terminal with internet access available to guests. As ibis Styles hotels pride themselves on being family-friendly, there is also a children’s play zone within the shared areas.
In the rooms, large beds take center stage, acting as the focal point within a multi-purpose space where guests can comfortably rest or work.
The vivid colours characteristic of ibis Styles combine with wooden decor details, and modern lamps to give a bright, fresh and energetic spirit to the hotel, reflecting both the mood of the brand and the vibrant atmosphere of Lviv.
“We cannot wait to get to know what the first guests think about the design of the hotel,” said Luiza Jodłowska, architect and owner of EC-5 Architects.
ibis Styles Lviv Project ID
Client: ibis Styles / AccorHotels Group
Architects: EC-5 (www.ec-5.com)
Project team: Luiza Jodłowska, Ewelina Osakowicz-Nowak, Joanna Chaładaj, Aleksandra Szczepaniak, Paulina Krakowiak, Piotr Płóciennik, Kamil Marciniak
Location: Lviv, Ukraine
Photography: Taras Hipp