The Nordic apartment provider has carefully renovated the Swedish shipbuilder Kockums’ former administration building.
In November, the Nordic apartment rental provider Forenom will open a new “aparthotel” in Malmö’s western harbour area (Västra Hamnen).
It is being housed in Swedish shipbuilder Kockums’ former administration building, with 97 unique apartments of different sizes, each with “fully equipped” kitchens and bathrooms, to be available to both private and corporate guests.
Just like many other old industrial buildings in the district, this building is of significant cultural and historical value, Forenom says. The process of converting an older building for a new purpose is no easy task and many original features had to be retained.
Each room has its own character, the new operator says, with original features from their former roles. One example is the old boardroom, clad in wooden panelling typical of the 1920s. In another room, the safe from 1910 still stands.
“This type of conversion of an older, grandiose building is a philosophical as well as economic decision,” said Annika Öman, property project director at Forenom.
“A conversion rather than a new build is definitely not something you choose to do because it’s cheaper, but possibly because you appreciate a challenge.”
The building’s original windows have been retained and restored. The interior doors have been salvaged, and industrial lamps and wired glass have been given new life in the entrance.
The original Kockums colour palette helps to retain the building’s character, and since each room has a different floor plan, the interiors had to be adapted accordingly.
“Each room is remodelled and furnished individually, providing a wonderful atmosphere. We’ll most likely get many regulars wanting to book ‘their’ room,” Öman remarked. “Just measuring up 97 bespoke sets of curtains, with no two the same, was quite a feat.”