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Just a few steps into the modernized terminal building in Gothenburg, Sweden, is the entrance to the 223-room Scandic Landvetter where travelers are welcomed to a vibrant hotel designed by architect firm Wingårdhs.

The entire facade, which features 1,308 flags punched into aluminum sheeting, creates an international feeling. Chief architect Gert Wingårdh explains that the idea for the flags came from listening to a radio program one morning about a woman who fled from Hungary to Switzerland during World War II and the positive feeling she got from seeing a Hungarian flag when she arrived in the country.

The design of the hotel is inspired by the Nordic environment with its color palette consisting of warm shades, light-hued wood, and a mixture of Nordic and international handcrafted details. The top floor of the hotel includes a gym and relaxation area with a panoramic view of the runway. The international atmosphere continues throughout the hotel, not least in the unique work of art in the lobby – an airplane window consisting of 36,000 holiday photos that extends from floor to ceiling.

Photo: Courtesy of Scandic Hotels Group


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