The award was given for Niehku Mountain Villa in the small village of Riksgränsen in northern Sweden.
As a continental winner, Stylt’s project is automatically nominated to compete for the World Title.
Niehku – meaning “dream” in Northern Sami – is a 14-room adventure base and luxe lodge 124 miles north of the Arctic Circle, just at the border between Sweden and Norway.
Built upon the site of an old train roundhouse at the legendary iron ore train line, Niehku Mountain Villa incorporates a long and unique history into its spectacular yet rustic interior design and architecture.
Complete with 14 exclusive double rooms, a 500-bottle wine cellar and a tundra-to-table restaurant, Niehku offers heli-skiing from its doorstep with access to 60 skiable mountain peaks.
The UNESCO Prix Versailles focuses on commercial architecture, with the aim to shine light on the intersection between creation, art and economics. It awards hotels and restaurants, shops and stores around the world that are found to be particularly remarkable, from a perspective of exterior architecture and interior design.
The 2019 World Awards Ceremony will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in September.