Hotel Harenda occupies a historical building in the heart of Warsaw, 10 minute walk from the Old Town. The design focuses on redevelopment of existing representative spaces in the building as well as a proposal for an extension located in the courtyard.


The rearrangement is based on the use of a mix of traditional and modern furnishings to represent the history, but also the contemporary feel of the hotel. Noble materials and custom craft details emphasize the high class of the building, whilst large scale plantings and tons of natural light bring friendly and relaxed atmosphere to mind. The design highlights the existing features of the space – the arcades, big glazings and stone flooring.

Special emphasis is put on making the ground floor area more accessible and open. Cafe and bar are located towards the front of the building, with reception desk and lobby in the center and facilities more in the back. Glass panels placed between the arcades divide the space without affecting the structure or penetration of natural light. The layout allows for various scenarios. Multiple multifunctional spaces were planned and the number of permanently arranged spaces was minimized.

  • clientHH Sp. z o. o.
  • statusDESIGN 2016


Previously poorly lit hallways are transformed with contemporary lighting and signage. Bright elevator halls filled with plants and comfortable seating contrast with sleek, dark corridors. Used materials – textiles, carpets – and upholstered furniture provide better acoustics.

Hotel room layout is changed to obtain more spacious feel. Materials used within the rooms harmonize with the textures and colors of the representative areas. Custom craft details, upholstered furnishings, natural wood and stone floors are featured.


Proposed extension will feature 18 unique hotel rooms, a conference center and new office space.

The new design brings a serene quality to the otherwise chaotic courtyard. The minimalistic facade consists of glass panels of different ornamentation detail and transparency. Lit from within, the building resemblances a lantern in the evening. Semi-transparent panels offer highly valued intimacy in the hotel rooms.

The new building is connected with the existing one with a glass corridor. The area between the buildings is divided into two sections. The first one, connected to the new building, is made of steel mesh interlaced with ivy plantings and covers parking space underneath. The second one is a terrace, which terrace serves as an extension of the restaurant and becomes an intimate meeting place at night.