“Klaus K” – Helsinki: The hotel of epic and style

“Klaus K” – Helsinki: The hotel of epic and style

A weft for the design of hotel „Klaus K“ was the Kalevala epic, according to which in 1938 a film about the medieval nobleman Klaus Kurki, was made...The same year,  on the upper doorpost of the hotel’s door, made of the famous Virolahti granite, his name was engraved.

With the mantra „epic and stile“, together with reputable architects from SARC and designers team of STYLT Trampoli, a design concept of hotel “Klaus K”, that inputs Finnish folklore in every pore of this interesting hotel, was made. Young (as the country) and old (as the nation), light and darkness, design and tradition. Pure, simple, dramatic, quite, magical hotel design, inspired by the national Finnish  Kalevala epic, the story full of tragedies, myths, magic, emotions, enchanting, beautiful, full of life, expressing the very essence of Finland.

Passion, secret, desire and envy

In the Kalevala there are four topics: passion, secret, desire and envy. Therefore the rooms are divided into four categories – from orange, with a reindeer motives in the „mystic“ apartments, to a decadent chocolate brown and burgundy colours in the „envy“ rooms. On the walls of each room there are art works with the theme from the epic which describe specific atmosphere. „Mystic room’s “interior shows emotional themes from the Kalevala. So the „Desire room“highlights desire - „I hoped for all my days, looked for all my growing-time, Waited as for a good year, looked as for summers coming.“ The „Envy suite“ carries the envy topic - „He took that very badly, spent all his time envying Väinämöinen, said to be a better singer than him“.

This playfulness has led to the fifth category of rooms. Three years ago Škvorc spouses (a gentlemen is of Slovenian origin), invited two Finnish painters who had previously exhibited their works at hotel „Klaus K“. Riiko Sakkinen and Jani Leinonen stayed for a week at two „envy“apartments. The walls served as canvases and the inspiration was envy. Riko drew a huge “The Hong Kong Curry Flavour Cup Noodle“robot, explosive mixture of Corellian spicy dishes and modern fast food pizza Mexicana. Above the robot in large black letters is written: „ The reason I envy the Finns “.

Heaven’s blacksmith

Jani’s apartment walls are covered with vortexes similar to tattoos, representing the names of famous couples – Romeo and Juliet, Diana and Charles... As the story about couples becomes more exciting and scandalous – letters, from white, turn into darker colour (John and Marilyn, Charles and Camilla...). If they want and if they pay, guests can sign their names. So far, several couples have signed on the walls...

At the restaurant “Ilmatar“ there are modern and simple Finnish dishes that both locals and foreigners like. „Ahjo“ bar and night club of Helsinki’s jet-set and European  business clientele has 350 seats, plus small terrace where about twenty people can dance. Age limit – 24 years! Great music, atmosphere, relaxation, dancing... On the club’s wall there is a huge artwork depicting the Genesis according to the Kalevala. The club is designed in black and white indicating day and night contrast, light and darkness, good and evil. Ajho is a blacksmith, a central place in the Kalevala, a core of fire where Ilmatar mints Sampo-magical mill that produces flour, salt and money.

And on the upper doorpost of the hotel’s door, made of the famous Virolahti granite in 1938 the name of Klaus Kurki was engraved.

- Our goal is to generate new ideas in relation to the guest's experience – says Mark Škvorc and adds – We encourage people to deal with design and thus create better cities, products, services and work environment.

Mark and Mia are opened to everyone. To get to know them better you can sign up for a special hotel that will provide you with an interesting weekend in their company, in the company of their artists, even their children! 

The creation of the world from the seven eggs
The reception walls and carpets in the corridors leading into the rooms tell the story of the Kalevala about the creation of the world from the seven eggs: songbirds, swans, magpie, eagles, horses, reindeers, bears, wolves and bees. Guest can easily notice many egg shapes throughout the hotel. In the Kalevala Ilmatar (clean air) goes down in the water, while wind is fertilizing so it turns into Mother Water. A duck holds on its knee a nest with six golden eggs and one made of iron. The iron egg burns the knee, duck winces, eggs break and so the world is created: the Sun, the Moon and stars are born.