The new Victoria Tower Hotel incorporates high quality design at every level, including a collaborative first between Flos and Megaman that delivers both style and efficiency.
Standing at 118 metres tall the new Scandic Victoria Tower is a sparkling addition to the Stockholm skyline. Located in Kista, a district to the north of the city, the hotel boasts 299 rooms across 34 floors, making it the tallest not only in Sweden, but also across all of Scandinavia.
The tower has received much critical acclaim for its attention to high quality design at all scales, from the stylish exterior scheme right down to the individual visitor experience.
Architect Gert Wingårdh took inspiration from a sequin evening dress when creating the building. The triangular planes of its glass and steel façade reflect the sky and sunlight to produce a shimmering surface. Windows follow the triangular grid, resulting in an equally intriguing pattern of illumination at night. The unusual fenestration also creates refreshingly individual interiors, allowing angular blocks of daylight to enter each room in a way that constantly reminds guests of the hotel’s structural aesthetic.
Construction of Victoria Tower was driven by Norwegian investor Arthur Buchardt, who wanted the highest standard of finish for the hotel. He selected Flos fixtures for both private rooms and public spaces and, to ensure efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly operation, these were twinned with Megaman lamp technology – a collaborative first for the two brands. Throughout the hotel’s corridors and other public spaces, 900 bespoke luminaires, including both downlighters and wall fittings, have been designed to include Megaman’s LED Par16 7W GU10 reflectors, with 35 degree beam angle delivering 600 cd beam power, and Megaman’s Liliput Plus 23W E27 CFLs.
Flos’ Easy Kap Fixed downlighters, for example, run throughout the hotel’s corridors. These fit flush to the ceiling giving a smooth, understated and natural look, aided by the LED Par16 7W GU10 lamps. Along the corridor walls, Flos’s Soft Spin fixtures sit plastered into the hotel structure to illuminate individual room numbers.
Inside the rooms, Flos’s classic Arco lamps are used to add a designer chic, while Philippe Starck-designed Ktribe floor and wall lights – fitted with Liliput Plus CFLs – add to the room’s warm ambiance.
Flos’ Mini Glo Ball luminaires, part of a range designed by Jasper Morrison, are installed around all of the hotel’s 300 bathroom mirrors. Made from white Murano glass to give off a soft white light, each is fitted with Megaman’s GU9 Series of 7W CFLs.
In the public spaces, the decorative pieces are bigger and bolder in character. Both the Lobby bar and 34th floor Skybar feature Taraxacum pendants – bubbly explosions of light designed by Achille Castiglioni. The reception area is illuminated by Rodolfo Dordoni’s Ray-S pendants and Skygarden by Marcel Wanders hang above the lobby lounge.
Whilst all the Flos fittings used ensure a high quality look, it is the lamp technology that ensures their sustainability with an estimated saving of over €300,000 and 175,000kg CO2 over the lifespan of the lighting installation.