STYLEPARK VILLEROY & BOCH
Lodgings with a long past that exudes the charm of bygone days yet also offers contemporary comforts is always a balancing act. The “Kaunas Hotel” in the center of the city by the same name in Lithuania has solved this problem commendably: Architect Vida Vysniauskiene had the existing three-storey building, built as long ago as 1870, extensively converted and modernized, while also adding an extension that is set back slightly from the main building. Thanks to its undulating glass façade and flat roof the extension recedes very much into the background. Instead, the decorated front from past days is allowed to shine, boasting small balconies adorned with elaborate cast-iron decorations. Aside from 80 rooms and suites the 4-star hotel offers its guests a large fitness zone and spa area as well as its own eatery – the Restaurant "55°".
The interior design contrasts starkly with the hotel’s venerable entrance lobby: The abstract patterns on the floors and walls combined with dark earthy tones and heavy materials like wood and leather make for a modern contrast. The bathrooms in the guest rooms sport a modern look in black and white: Dark lines run through the white wall tiles like brushstrokes, are interrupted and taken up again. This is juxtaposed with a carefully structured small-format pattern from floor to ceiling. Despite the bold design with their many light areas and indirect lighting there is a pleasantly relaxed feeling to the bathrooms.