Relais Le Chevalier, Riga

Works have officially been completed on Relais Le Chevalier in Riga, where Art Director and Interior Designer Elisabetta de Strobel was in charge of the renovation works that brought the historical mid-eighteenth century building (once a private home) to its former splendour.

The restoration and repair works were carried out taking into account the historical value of the building and sought to alter it as little as possible by safeguarding its existing architectural hallmarks.

Relais Le Chevalier: view of the restored facade.

Relais Le Chevalier: view of the inner courtyard.

The restyling operation in the common areas was designed to convey a sense of space, small though the original areas were. This illusion was created by using mirrors and reflecting materials such as glass and metal to amplify the daylighting and make the space look bigger.

The inner courtyard has been maintained intact, enclosed by a glass skylight and a six-metre high mirror. This void brings the sky right into the heart of the hotel, aided by a conditioning system that keeps the air fresh and clean at all times.

Relais Le Chevalier: the reception desk and the restored staircase.

Hotels almost always have windows that cannot be opened, and this is why both spot and diffused lighting were used to maintain as natural, warm an effect as possible, helping to create an engaging, inviting mood. The ventilation system is equipped with special filters to ensure healthier air, by purifying it and boosting quality.

On the top floor is the Breakfast Area overlooking the city rooftops. The layout of this beautifully lit area takes inspiration from the typical Latvian buildings.

Relais Le Chevalier: views of the Breakfast Area on the top floor.

The elegant French style of the furnishings is a celebration of Riga’s fame as the “Paris of the North”, and include items by luxury brands such as Bizzotto, Bertelè and Brunello 1974, whose latest collection was designed by Elisabetta de Strobel. Faithful to the aim of maintaining the historical accent throughout the building, the distinctive staircase and the main doors have been restored to their former splendour.

The Relais counts 23 elegant rooms. Despite the limited space available, each one has been designed to appear as roomy as possible with as much natural light as possible.

Relais Le Chevalier: views of the hotel rooms.

“The project I devised and carried out for Relais Le Chevalier”, explained Art Director and Interior Designer Elisabetta de Strobel, “seeks to express a perfect blend of the age-old charm of Riga and the concept of hospitality in a cutting-edge designer setting, able to engage visitors with the continual references to history evident throughout the hotel and to impress them with visually striking details”.

Photo credits: Maurizio Marcato Photographer.