Many hotels claim to be unique. Fabriken Furillen, on the Swedish island of Gotland, truly is.
An abandoned factory in a former limestone quarry doesn’t sound like the most auspicious setting for a luxury hotel, but photographer Johan Hellström’s artistic eye saw just that when he visited the Furillen islet of Gotland. Fast-forward a few years and this boutique, 18-room destination gives a whole new meaning to the words industrial chic.
The inhospitable peninsula of Furillen on Gotland Island, Sweden
Architecture and interior design: Johan Hellström
Fifty shades of grey
There is nothing bright to distract the eye within Fabriken. Instead, numerous shades of grey are layered by their different textures: wools, sheepskin, felt, concrete and metal. The effect somehow is never bleak, but has a subtle warmth courtesy of the myriad of competing materials and fabrics (not to mention plenty of wood-burning stoves).
Thanks to Hellström’s vision, the world may have moved on, but nods to the past still linger. The old factory workers’ canteen is now the hotel’s restaurant, with metal chains and hooks hanging from the ceiling, and metal columns studding the concrete floor.
The bleak mid-winter
Those looking for a true break from real-life can book into one of the two ‘hermit huts’ away from the main hotel where sauna-style wood panelling takes the place of concrete, and silence abounds. There’s no electricity or running water, and only 8sqms of space, but you do get a little outhouse, and a bike to head back to the hotel for your showers.
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