ESTONIA HOTEL & SPA

A modern hotel and spa with 106 rooms in the famous former Pärnu sanatorium


Location: Pärnu, Estonia
Client: Nordecon AS
Commission: 2013
Completed: 2015
Size: 13,000 m2
Original architect of the White building: Ants Raid
Original architects of the Green building: Edda ja Jüri Soolep


The design of the spa hotel, which is located by Pärnu Beach Park, focuses on creating a modern Estonian leisure centre to highlight its excellent location, distinctive features and values. The two buildings – the Green building and the White building – are joined by a glass gallery that runs above the street. In future, all of the spa and conference services will be located in one building, and accommodation services in the other building. A conference area will be added to the ground floor and a pool complex on the second floor of the White building. The old U-shaped building will house saunas, changing rooms, a beauty centre and the necessary utility rooms. The new design solution for the Green building will include a restaurant and 106 rooms.

The interior architectural solution conveys in a modern form the key ideas and symbols associated with Estonia, and especially with Pärnu. Print patterns, embossing, textured surfaces and so on are used to establish the atmosphere. The Estonian natural environment, folk traditions, handicrafts, music and poetry have all been sources of inspiration. Natural materials have mainly been used in the finishings.

The interior of the conference hall is decorated with ceiling lamps in the shape of flocks of birds and the carpet print depicts spring and autumn migratory birds, which symbolically resemble ancient Estonian meetings called kärajad. The design of the spa area reveals references to the sea, summer beaches and related motifs – a shoal of fish, sun glistening on the water, seashells, the slightly faded colours of the beach sand and driftwood. The corridor leading to the spa reception is covered with a luminous ceiling inspired by a shoal of sprats and the carpet below.

is printed with the shadows of the fish swimming above. The shape of the reception desk is inspired by a shell. The design of the sauna area has taken waving crop fields as a visual starting point, the second floor pool area takes its inspiration from the lakes covered in water-lilies, raindrops on the surface of a glassy lake and waving rushes.

The concept of the lobby bar and restaurant area is based on a very important Estonian symbol – the song festival. The floor design of the room uses a belt pattern motif, where the pattern becomes more colourful and visible as you move from the lobby toward the restaurant bar, which is an indirect image of the folk heading to the festivities. Letters to Kreutzwald from Lydia Koidula have been printed on the curtains.