A sculptural Radisson Blu hotel design from Graven Images

Glasgow-based consultancy Graven Images has created interior designs for the Radisson Blu Mall of America hotel in Minnesota, which features a sculptural Krion wall in the lobby.

The Krion wall in the lobby
The Krion wall in the lobby

The consultancy used individual panels of Krion – a material produced by Porcelanosa in Spain – to create a two-story installation which ‘references a cool, pristine shopping bag’, a nod to the hotel’s mall location.

The Krion wall in the lobby
The Krion wall in the lobby

The inside of the wall is lined with bright-red Krion, which can be seen in apertures such as that in the Firelake Grill House & Cocktail Bar.

The Krion wall is lined with bright red
The Krion wall is lined with bright red

The façade is punctured with a series of windows at high level, a move Graven Images designer Jim Hamilton says is inspired by fireflies.

The Firelake Grill House and Cocktail Bar
The Firelake Grill House and Cocktail Bar

He says, ‘When it turns from day to night, the second-floor lobby lighting artificially illuminates the tiny windows to the street, bringing the fireflies to life.’

The bar, as seen through the Krion wall
The bar, as seen through the Krion wall

A linking bridge has been introduced on the front elevation of the courtyard – referencing Minneapolis’ skyway system, while a double helix carpet pattern is a nod to the ‘Twin Cities’ of Minneapolis and St Paul.

The hotel exterior, featuring the linking bridge
The hotel exterior, featuring the linking bridge

The hotel also uses the Swan chair, which was designed for Arne Jacobson’s Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Copenhagen in 1959.

Meanwhile a ‘gallery’ of artwork and bespoke furniture is arranged around a bespoke 12m Krion table.

Bespoke furniture in the Gallery
Bespoke furniture in the Gallery

The Radisson Blue MOA hotel is operated by Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Graven Images previously worked on Carlson Rezidor’s Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel in Chicago, which opened in 2011.

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