Croatia’s Hotel Lone designed to look like a luxurious ocean liner
Hotel Lone is one of Croatia’s most trendiest and the first member of Design Hotels™ in the region. Opened in 2011, the luxury hotel also scooped the award for New build Hotel at the European Hotel Design Awards, in 2012. Behind the architectural design is the 3LHD team from the Croatian Faculty of Architecture, under the guidance of architect Silvje Novak.
Built to look like a luxurious ocean liner floating on the hillside, the 248-bedroom hotel is a Y-shaped minimalist delight wrapped by tall ancient trees.
It was created by a team of renowned Croatian creatives comprised of a new generation of architects, conceptual artists, product, fashion and graphic designers. In addition to the overall architecture, the interiors and the furniture were designed and chosen especially for the hotel in order to achieve a distinct and recognisable identity.
Inside, large mirrors cling to the walls at seemingly random intervals, letting reflections of the external environment, including forest greenery and ambient light, seep into the building through sweeping glass panes. The tall and airy main lobby is dressed in white-beige stone, the colour of the region’s beaches, and set off by soft, sandy-yellow furnishings. Self assured contrasts are a major component of the minimalist hotels overall design ethos, too – a fact you’ll notice as soon as you see the alternate black-and-silver stripes of the curved exterior. From the stark white stairways to the lobby’s rich and leafy painted mural, it’s a theme that runs throughout the luxury hotel.
The luxury Croatian hotel is located on the edge of the Zlatni Rt Park and forest. The beach is a 200 m walk from the hotel. The hotel is located about 40 minutes by car from Pula International Airport, but during the winter period is served by Trieste and Zagreb.
Images courtesy of Damir Fabijanić, Cat Vinton, 3LHD archive
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