Serenity Now: A Hotel at the End of the World
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Hotel Fabriken Furillen sits on a remote islet off the Swedish island of Gotland in what was once a former limestone quarry. After years of traveling as a commercial photographer, Johan Hellstrom and his wife, Ana-Karin, saw the potential in the abandoned quarry and have turned it into a happening hotel, replete with an equally popular restaurant and bakery. The couple used gray hues throughout the interior to provide a backdrop to the natural elements of the Baltic, counterbalancing the spare industrial concrete interiors with plenty of sheepskins and rough wood surfaces. Guests can stay in the main hotel or rent one of several huts dotted around the surrounding property. Go to Hotel Fabriken Furillen for more information. Above: A view of the waterfront at the Hotel Fabriken Furillen; photo by Peter Guenzel for Nowness . Above: Floor-to-ceiling steel windows look out over the landscape; photo by Peter Guenzel for Nowness . Above: Sheepskin benches soften the otherwise hard-edged spaces; photo by Peter Guenzel for Nowness . Above: The breakfast room is illuminated by flouncy Liv Pendants ; images via Hapsi. Above: Hellstrom kept many of the quarry's original features as a testament to the compound's history. Above: One of the hotel's cabins; the interiors are draped in sheepskin. Photos via Hapsi. Above: An outdoor lounging area at the hotel; photo by Peter Guenzel for Nowness . Above: A view of the original quarry structure; photo by Peter Guenzel for Nowness . N.B. This post is an update; the original ran on November 15, 2010.