|Location||Building Area||Year||Belgrade, Serbia||6.698 m²||2011|
Square Nine Hotel is located in Belgrade’s historic quarter, across from Students Square (Studentski Trg). Its architecture, of remarkably modern language, does not clash with or overshadow its neighboring buildings’. Just the contrary: it follows their scale, the rhythm of their façades (set by the modulation of the openings) and even the moderate hues of their color palette. On the ground level, common areas are ample and integrated, such as the lobby, the restaurant and a little piazza, which succeed one another. On the basement level, a swimming pool haloed by a beam of natural light is succeeded by gym, spa and sauna, while on the top floor a small bar overlooks the square across the street. The rooms are split into 3 categories – 32m² or 47m² double rooms, and 90m² suites – taking up 5 levels of the building and totaling 45 units. Each floor features a different hall adjacent to the lifts, with unique and unexpected pieces of furniture. The ambience is that of low-key eloquence and coziness. The choice of materials (wood, stone and leather), as well as the furnishings (a varied selection of vintage pieces, by Scandinavian and North American designers, dating from the 1930s to the 1960s) contribute to this understated mood, at once elegant, plain and unpretentious.