Reykjavík studio Döðlur has decked out the city’s new Oddsson ho(s)tel with a mixture of bespoke industrial-inspired furniture and 20th-century classics.
The Ho(s)tel inhabits the fourth and fifth floors of the city’s JL House, in the west of Reykjavík. Built in 1948 by Sigmundur Halldórsson and Jón Loftsson, this storied landmark has hosted everything from schools, gyms and offices to art and music events – as well as the Rekjavík School of Visual Arts – over the years.
For its new life as hotel-hostel hybrid, it offers both dormitory-style rooms and separate suites. Guests can prepare their own meals in a shared kitchen, or eat at the Oddsson restaurant.
The hostel describes itself as ‘a place for thrifty people with expensive taste’, mixing high and low design. Simple wooden furniture is paired with pieces by well-known designers.
‘The design brief became some sort of a combination of styles. A mix of minimalism and brutalism,’ says the studio.
Döðlur retained elements of the building’s former life as a warehouse, renovating its concrete interiors and designing custom furniture inspired by leftover industrial materials such as pipes and offcuts of wood.
These are contrasted with vintage pieces including vases and armchairs by Ettore Sottsass, lighting by Alessandro Mendini and seating by Arne Jakobsen. The studio painted the hotel’s rooms in shades of pale blue that echo views across the city’s Faxa Bay.
Guests can stay in shared rooms with wooden bunk beds and integrated cupboards, or choose from double rooms or more basic ‘pods’. Pops of bright pink contrast the building’s mostly blue colour scheme, appearing in hallways and on sinks in shared bathrooms.
The hotel offers room for 250 guests, as well as a rooftop terrace with jacuzzi, a yoga and meditation centre and soundproofed karaoke rooms. For anyone unlucky enough to lose their luggage on the way there, the Lost Luggage Progam is on hand to lend the necessary items.
Oddsson also plans to host collaborations with local designers, create its own scent, and offer visitors art lessons in partnership with the Reykjavík Art Academy.