The andel's design hotel celebrated its festive grand opening in Lodz yesterday evening. After decades of standing empty, the former factory, a weaving mill established in 1878 by textile magnate Izrael Poznanski directly next to the Old Town, has been transformed into a shining example of how historic industrial architecture can blend with modern design.
The andel's Hotel is among Poland's most modern city and business hotels.
The four-star hotel was built by the real estate firm Warimpex, listed on both the Vienna and Warsaw Stock Exchanges, and is under management by Vienna International Hotelmanagement AG.
Over the last two-and-a-half years, the Polish-Austrian architectural firm OP Architekten Ziviltechniker GmbH, led by Wojciech Poplawski, renovated the red-brick building in line with the guidelines governing the restoration of historic structures and oversaw its careful conversion into a modern 278- room hotel with a spacious conference center.
The interior design is the work of the London-based star designers Jestico + Whiles, who have succeeded in creating a highly atmospheric experience while maintaining the industrial character of the historic walls. The old pillars and beams were preserved, and the 100-year-old stairs and cast-iron gate were restored to their original splendor. At the same time, the new glass roof and the skylights make for optimally illuminated public spaces that comply with international standards. This blend of elements from the past and the present creates a harmonious dialogue between the historical aura of a cultural monument and the language of contemporary architecture.
"The andel's Hotel challenged the technical and creative skill of our employees, architects and construction workers like never before. Thanks to the intense cooperation of all those involved, we succeeded in building Poland's most outstanding design hotel in this red-brick building," says Warimpex CEO Franz Jurkowitsch, reflecting proudly on his latest hotel property.
Source: Warimpex Finanz- und Beteiligungs AG