Sośnica is a part of Gliwice city in southern Poland. Its origins are dated back to the XIII century but it developed into an important mining area after the Second World War. To attract labor and enhance local tourism communist government has built many hotels for the particular industries, with the venue names largely inspired by the industrial origins of the area. Hence the Sośnica appeared in the region located far from the original city – in the mountain area of Zakopane, the polish “winter capital”. Zakopane is famous for its unique architectural style, food, nature, and the highest mountains in Poland – Tatry, which are part of the European Karpaty mountain range. It became a popular destination for tourists all year long with many ski slopes, trekking routes, and biking paths to choose.
The main design task was the old hotel renovation and its extension. The challenge was to renovate the existing building into a modern high-end ski resort but keep the previous atmosphere of the historical hotel and local culture. The main inspiration comes from all the elements combined together and represented on one side in natural and raw materials such as wood, concrete, marble, stone veneer, layers of nature in the mountains, and on another side in decorative elements typical for the mines: ropes, metal mesh, coal carts you can see in many layers of mines.
The design area includes outdoor public facilities, external swimming pools, indoor public spaces such as bar, restaurant, reception, corridors, lift lobby, kids room, gym, ski equipment room, and 3 types of serviced apartments/hotel units.