Equus
THE IDEAS SHOP #1
rocking the arctic

“When you are lost in the silence of the fjord, the world seems to fade away, its values subverted. The purity of the Arctic gives me new values to live by”.

Kooroq is a luxury resort with a difference. Located in Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland, one of the most isolated places on earth, it offers guests an elemental adventure in which they rediscover themselves in the iconic simplicity of the Arctic.

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This new hotel concept started with the idea of creating a new collection of ‘designer-adventure’ hotels with a luxury edge, located in some of the most inaccessible and out-of-the-way places on earth, and beyond. Each would be a different style of hotel, uniquely designed to reflect the environments and cultures in which they were situated. The name we devised for the chain was ‘The Veer Group’ (as in ‘to veer off track). The strapline would be “Off the map”.

Illumi was the first hotel brand we designed, an eco-retreat in Tasmania, followed by The Monolith, the first hotel in space. But you don’t have to go to the moon to find a completely new experience. The world is full of undiscovered, challenging and frankly weird places. One such is Greenland, specifically the part of this huge island which is above the Arctic circle.

We developed a name and brand identity for the hotel which is grounded in a contemporary Greenlandish aesthetic – blending textile patterns from traditional Inuit culture with Scandinavian influences. ‘Kooroq’ means ‘valley’ in Inuit.

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  • CREDITS
  • Creative direction, copywriting and design: Equus
  • Graphics: Lim Yi Xiang, Sean Teh, Ivan Woo
  • Photography: Jorg Sunderman
  • Greenland images: Greenland.com
  • Designer furniture: Hilla Shamia
  • Interior design and fittings: Graypants Inc
  • Designer clothing: OSC Cross