Airstreams are in vogue everywhere, it seems. Fabriken Furillen has their own custom model on site.

The moody surrounds and striking natural contrasts make the location ideal for photo shoots, which is how Johan Hellström discovered the site.

Bonfire on the beach just after sunset? Yes, please. Thank you.

Logs are provided in all standard rooms to stoke the wood-burning furnace. Add in beds by Hästens, a Bang & Olufsun sound system, and interior design that’s just so, and this--the most basic option at Fabriken Furillen--is looking pretty damn good.

Superior rooms sport double doors that lead onto fully-furnished terraces.

Superior Seaview rooms have all that, and a view.

Industrial chic reigns supreme at Fabriken Furillen.

From forest to craggy shores, the site encompasses quite a range of natural beauties.


A view of the former factory through the color-coordinated brush.

The site, from above.

A completely candid, not-at-all-staged shot of some strawberries enjoying their time on vacation.

Sure. We’d visit.


A Hotel Worthy Of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Fabriken Furillen, a hotel in a former limestone quarry, is a stunning example of adaptive reuse in Sweden.

When considering the traditional material palate of modern design, glass, steel, and concrete come to mind. But limestone? Limestone isn’t necessarily on that list. In a stunning example of adaptive reuse, the headquarters of a former quarry on an idyllic Swedish peninsula have been transformed into Fabriken Furillen, a getaway surrounded on all sides by seemingly endless views of unabated nature, Scandinavian-style.

The site itself wasn’t always welcoming. After the factory finished excavating sedimentary rock in the 1970s it became a military outpost where, despite the idyllic environs, civilians weren’t welcome. It took a photographer’s eye in the 1990s to see the potential for something more than an abandoned area bereft of human life. Johan Hellström scouted the locale as a background for shoots and was so taken with the scene that he bought the entire lot; Fabriken Furillen opened earlier this year, and it’s a rustic vision in deep and rich shades of grey. The 24 warm, industrial-chic hotel rooms range from standard to sea view to studio to cabin, with an accompanying restaurant serving dishes with seasonal produce and herbs grown on the island or nearby farm. According to the site, the newest additions to the Furillen team are a flock of 38 chickens—all named Agda—who occupy a cabin all their own. Pics of decadent homemade cakes and herds of wayward sheep dot Furillen’s Facebook page, upping the already sky-high charm factor to seriously soaring levels. What a beaut.

(H/T The Coolist)

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  • Brad Ovenell-Carter

    I've been there. Magical light. Terrific kitchen. On my bucket list for an extended staty.