Sella Concept adds "classic theatrical flair" to Locke am Platz hotel

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Steel staircase Locke am Platz

Steel staircase Locke am Platz

London design studio Sella Concept has designed interiors to balance modern and classical elements for the latest Locke hotel in Zurich, Switzerland.

Called Locke am Platz, the hotel in Zurich’s Enge neighbourhood is surrounded by parks and botanical gardens, with Lake Zurich nearby.

Sella Concept co-founder Tatjana Von Stein aimed to reflect the area’s cultural identity through her design, which draws upon Swiss Riviera aesthetics combined with modernism.

Reception area Locke am Platz hotel Zurich
Sella Concept completed the interiors for Locke am Platz in Zurich

“Zurich has so many layers, an old school elegance mixed with brutalist modernist architecture,” Von Stein told Dezeen.

“Everything pointed towards a very layered concept, juxtaposing modernism with a classic theatrical flair.”

Living area in Zurich hotel designed by Sella Concept
Each studio apartment has its own living area

Set across six floors, Locke am Platz contains 80 units, including 40 hotel-style rooms for shorter stays as well as studio apartments, each with their own living area and kitchenette alongside a bedroom and en-suite.

With warm red and yellow tones, strong patterns and rich upholstery, apartment interiors have been curated to resemble a series of boudoirs – the traditional term for a woman’s bedroom or interior space.

Red bedspread and curtains Locke am Platz
Red bedspreads match velvet-lined decorative curtains

Red velvet bedspreads were paired with matching decorative curtains that frame the bed.

“It is important to create a little sense of drama, moments of subtility to moments of indulgence,” Von Stein said.

Kitchenette in studio room Locke am Platz hotel
Kitchenettes are fitted with red cabinets

Kitchenettes were designed with contrasting red cabinets and petrol-blue marble backs.

Wooden shelves are decorated with books, sculptures and ornaments, while parquet wooden flooring is arranged in a mosaic-like pattern.

Stainless steel clad staircase in Locke hotel
Staircase walls are clad with stainless steel panels

Downstairs, the reception area continues the juxtaposing material palette with deep orange velvet drapes and carpets alongside stainless steel, wood and high gloss finishes. According to the designer, materials were chosen as part of a careful “balance between hard and soft”.

“We clad the existing staircase walls in stainless steel in contrast to its warm terracotta-coloured carpet, traditional statues and marble plinths,” Von Stein described.

Lounge area in hotel designed by Sella Concept
Bespoke furniture designed by Sella Concept and manufactured by Parla features throughout

Shared social spaces include a lounge, bar, restaurant and private dining area. Velvet-lined curtains wrap around the lounge area, which sits on a raised, carpeted platform overlooking the wider common area.

“When planning the spaces on the ground floor, I introduced various apertures between the spaces, a typical modernist character trait,” said Von Stein.

“My aim is always to create a sense of intimacy while still being connected.”

Bar area in Locke am Platz hotel Zurich
A wood-panelled bar is paired with green velvet stools

A central bar connects the lounge and restaurant spaces.

Taking cues from the modernist era, the front of the bar was decorated with geometric wood panels and topped with a marble surface. It was paired with stools upholstered with green velvet.

Choupette restaurant inside Locke am Platz hotel
Yellow and green finishes by Yarn Collective appear in the hotel restaurant

Choupette, the main hotel restaurant, echoes the wider interior scheme and includes yellow curtains and green velvet-skirted banquettes by London textile company Yarn Collective.

The restaurant and lounge areas incorporate bespoke furniture designed by Sella Concept and manufactured by Parla.

“Designing bespoke furniture makes it so unique to the project, allowing us to work perfectly into our space, and for our materials and forms to reflect the narrative set,” Von Stein explained.

Connected to the restaurant, a separate private dining area was adorned with a classical mural on the ceiling by decorative painter Magdalena Julia Gordon.

“We commissioned Magda to create the ceiling mural to bring this dark room to life through artistry and a little touch of humour,” said Von Stein.

Mural on ceiling of private dining room in Locke hotel
A mural by Magdalena Julia Gordon adorns the ceiling of the private dining room

Since its first location opened in 2016, Locke has expanded to include 15 sites across the UK and mainland Europe.

Other projects by Sella Concept recently featured on Dezeen include office interiors for a tech company in New York and the London headquarters for fashion brand Sister Jane.

Photography is courtesy of Locke and Sella Concept.

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