A late 18th century building, in the heart of Bergen, has been converted into charming 18-room boutique hotel. Villa Terminus combines rustic charm with a clean, Nordic contemporary design.
The hotel was build for a local merchant in 1769 as a home for elderly in need. It was bought by the current owner in 2011 who hired the two Swedish architects, Claesson Koivisto Rune to restore the listed building to its former glory.
As a guest at Villa Terminus, you have a choice of 18 different-style rooms, all individually designed and adapted to reflect the building’s characteristics. There’s a light and inviting breakfast room, lounge areas and a library.
The duo took inspiration from Vilhelm Hammershøi, the 19th-century artist known for the way he portrayed light. Claesson Koivisto Rune took Hammershøi’s subdued, haunting treatment of sunlit interiors as their starting point for the Villa Terminus redesign, inspired by what Marten Claesson calls an ‘air of tranquillity and clear soft light that was quintessentially Scandinavian’.
About Villa Terminus
Architect Johann Joachim Reichborn (1770); Claesson Koivisto Rune (2016)
Previous functions Care home for elderly
Location Zander Kaaes gate 8, 5015 Bergen, Norway
Facilities Gardens, library, breakfast room, kitchen, free WiFi (plus restaurant, whisky bar and fitness suite at Grand Hotel Terminus next door)