The hotel, which was completed this year despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, is located in the Ukrainian town of Vynnyky near Lviv. The hotel and restaurant form a part of the Emily Resort that YOD Group has designed with a natural, tactile aesthetic.
This saw YOD Group awarded the best interior project in the Thermory Design Awards Grand Prix competition, which was held by Thermory for its 25th anniversary.
In the Grand Emily Hotel Lobby, the Thermory thermally modified Drift cladding is used across the walls.
It was selected for its worn, rustic appearance, which is intended to evoke reclaimed wood without sacrificing quality or durability.
Selected in shades of Black Pearl and Smoked Brandy, the cladding provides the lobby with “touchable surfaces” that form a natural backdrop to the space.
“We aimed to get the visual lightness and tell the story about the morning breeze that passes on the lake surface and combs the reeds,” said YOD Group designer Volodymyr Nepiyvoda.
“We created this emotion by the structure of the boards that we used for the wall covering of the hall,” added Nepiyvoda.
The cladding also forms a suitable yet contrasting backdrop to a large sycamore tree that is suspended through the Grand Emily Hotel Lobby, forming its centrepiece.
“We rejected the idea of a massive chandelier in the atrium in favour of a strongly meaningful installation,” explained Nepiyvoda.
“A tree means connection with roots and family values, growth, and development, strong bar, and flexible branches. It connects the earth and space.”
Over in the Grand Emily Hotel’s Terra restaurant, Thermory Drift Cladding has also been used.
YOD Group used the material to help blur the boundary between the restaurant interior and a terrace outside that is lined with American sweet gum trees.
According to Nepiyvoda, it is designed to encapsulate the landscape of western Ukraine.
“We reflect all of that in the interior of Terra restaurant,” they said. “Vast expanses, rich colours, textures and flavours, generous nature, lust for life, and existential joy.”
To find out more about Thermory products and how they are used, visit the brand’s website.
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