Two Scandinavian Winners of European Hotel Interior Design of the Year


Cucko’s Nest at the Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel in Gothenburg and The penthouse suite at The Thief in Oslo.

Cucko’s Nest was the winner in category Bar and has been designed by the Swedish architects Stylt Trampoli AB.
Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel is situated in what used to be one of Gothenburg’s old shipyard districts, Lindholmen. Today the area is host to a new and different kind of arena.

The Lindholmen Science Park has developed into one of the leading forums for innovation, research and education within science, new technologies and communication.

With this in mind, the mission has been to establish an interior concept for the restaurant and bar of the hotel, neighbouring the science park, an example of the best in European hotel interior design.


As the line between genius and madness is subtle, creators named the restaurant and bar Cuckoo’s Nest. This is a meeting place for visionaries and dreamers, creators and contrary thinkers, innovators and possibility-people.

Having drawn on inspiration from the local surroundings, the Cuckoo’s Nest incorporates features that give a heightened sense of scientific thinking. An example is the bar, which illustrates notes and calculations from Albert Einstein, illuminating them as if they are on an actual chalkboard. The bar has been incorporated together with the restaurant to create a milieu that is welcoming to both the traveler, but also for the local visionary and possibility-people alike.

Design elements have been developed to enhance the warm and welcoming feeling for either groups of people or for the lone visitor. By opening the door for the possibilities of scientific sharing, the new bar next to the restaurant becomes a natural meeting ground, worthy of everyone who knows that there never was a genius without a tincture of madness.

The Oslo Suite at The Thief, Oslo has been designed by the architect Annemone Wille Väge and was the winner in the category Suite.
The penthouse suite at The Thief takes its theme from Sir Peter Blake’s unique art project; The Oslo Suite. Three original collages by the distinguished pop artist adorn the suite, all inspired by Norwegian landmarks.


The Oslo Suite’s private roof terrace has exclusive furniture designed by Patricia Urquiola and Antonio Citterio, as well as views in all directions. Inside the suite also gives the impression of being on the roof of the city – almost out on the fjord – with spectacular views from the windows that stretch the length of the facade. 160m2 of tailored hotel design offers many options, and the suite has an individual fireplace, bar, dining room, separate bedroom and walk-in closet.

Top Norwegian and international designers such as Massimo Castagna, Antonio Citterio and Anne Haavind have provided the furniture and decor. Ross Lovegrove the lighting, and a modern four-poster bed from quality producer B&B Italia. The spacious bathroom in Vittorio and Polaris marble has a wonderful spa-like feeling. Curved alcove with rainforest shower, large bathtub and touches of luxury. The Oslo Suite offers a different, personal hotel experience

Judge’s Comment:

The Oslo Suite at The Thief has incredible views out, over the neighbouring Tjuvholmen district. Inside, its Pop Art styling, inspired by artist Peter Blake, is a refreshing approach to a luxury suite combining world-class comfort with stunning waterfront vistas.