Koncept Stockholm to design the interiors of Viking Line’s new vessel
Viking Line has ordered a new passenger vessel with delivery expected in 2020. It has now been disclosed that the new vessel, will have interiors designed by ÅFs architecture firm Koncept Stockholm, who previously did the interiors for the Stockholm hotel Haymarket by Scandic.
Viking Line is pushing their concept further and is working on a new vessel with an own identity and modern Scandinavian design. The interiors will be designed by the Swedish architecture firm Koncept Stockholm and is expected to sail in 2020.
–We are very proud to be chosen as architects for this unique project. Now we are taking all our experience from exciting and successful projects for hotels, bars, spas and shops across the Nordic countries with us on board a passenger vessel. We want to enhance the experience of travelling through some of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos by offering a range of rich and varied experiences on board the vessel inspired by maritime and the Nordic world,” says Niclas Makowsky, from Koncept Stockholm.
The architecture firm Koncept Stockholm has a group of ten people already working full-speed to create the cruise experience of the future. This work is being led by Niclas Makowsky and Ann Marie Ekroth, who previously headed other interior design projects such as Haymarket and Grand Central by Scandic as well as Copperhill Mountain Lodge in the Swedish resort of Åre.
–The choice was between a number of highly respected architecture firms, and Koncept Stockholm stood out with its attractive combination of Scandinavian simplicity and playfulness. It is also important to Viking Line that the architects contribute to an appealing travel experience that works for cruise passengers, families with children, conference guests and the substantial cargo traffic between the two countries. This is a challenge that we foresee Koncept Stockholm handling with a sense of flair and great skill. We have also taken into consideration our international guests, who perhaps have never before experienced archipelago scenery like ours, by taking a further step in prioritizing views of the sea and archipelagos, says Jan Hanses, president and chief executive officer of Viking Line.
Viking Line is pioneering environmental advances in the Baltic Sea. In 2013, the world’s first large passenger vessel powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) made its debut, in the form of Viking Grace. Since then, the Company has been planning for the next vessel powered by natural gas, the objective being to further reduce its environmental impact on this sensitive body of water.
Viking Line’s new vessel will be 218 meters in length and capacity for 2,800 passengers and is planned to departure in the evenings from Stockholm via Mariehamn to Turku (Finland).