Plantonia: Inside Krakow’s First Vegan Hotel

Plantonia, designed by Krea.tina Martina Weiser in 2023, redefines hospitality in Krakow, Poland, within a historical tenement. This vegan hotel, blending ecological principles with luxury, showcases an innovative approach to sustainable interior design in its 24 modern apartments, where each element adheres to strict vegan standards.

Minimalist office with cork reception desk, suspended plants, and open shelving.
A modern office reception with sleek wood furniture, plant displays, and a minimalist design.
A modern, industrial-inspired cafe interior with hanging plants, wood and leather furnishings.
A modern, stylish office interior featuring bold green accents, minimalist furnishings, and pendant lighting.
A modern, minimalist studio space with geometric shapes, natural textures, and suspended lighting.
Cozy living room with large windows, modern artwork, and a plush sofa.
Cozy modern living space with large windows, gray sofa, and framed artwork on walls.
A bright, modern kitchen with sleek black cabinets, wooden dining table, and pendant lighting.
A cozy living room with a woven light fixture, minimalist furniture, and floor-to-ceiling windows offering a view of the outdoors.
A modern, open-concept space with a skylight, black metal staircase, and potted plant.
A contemporary bathroom design featuring a glass shower enclosure, tiled walls, and a red patterned stool.
Sleek, modern home gym with wooden accents, exercise equipment, and storage shelves.

About Plantonia

Revitalizing History with Sustainability

Plantonia stands as a landmark project in Krakow, Poland, transforming a historical tenement house into the city’s first vegan hotel. Under the guidance of designer Krea.tina Martina Weiser in 2023, the building underwent extensive renovations while preserving its original structure. The concept was to blend modern sustainability with historical charm, resulting in a unique eco-friendly aparthotel.

Designing Vegan-Functional Spaces

In creating Plantonia, achieving design repeatability throughout the hotel’s varied layouts presented a significant challenge. Krea.tina’s team focused on standardizing zones within each apartment despite structural differences. Each unit, ranging from 269 to 732 square feet (25 to 68 square meters), was meticulously planned with clearly defined kitchen, dining, bedroom, living, and bathroom areas alongside storage and entrance zones. This modular approach ensured both functionality and aesthetic uniformity across different spaces.

Adhering to Vegan Principles in Interior Design

A core tenet of Plantonia’s design was adherence to vegan principles, dictating that all materials avoid animal derivatives and animal testing. This included avoiding typical non-vegan materials like bone-derived glues or wool blends. Through rigorous research and innovative thinking, the design team identified and employed a variety of plant-based and natural materials like wood, cork, and vegan fabrics, setting new standards for vegan-friendly interior design.

Innovative and Multifunctional Hotel Facilities

Beyond individual apartments, Plantonia offers extensive amenities designed to enhance the guest experience. The hotel features a welcoming lobby, an eco-vegan library, and a vegan pantry. A multifunctional area hosts yoga classes and workshops aimed at promoting a slow-life philosophy. Additionally, guests benefit from a gym, an inhalation room, and around-the-clock laundry facilities, ensuring convenience and a commitment to wellness.

A Model of Eco-Friendly Hospitality

Plantonia not only serves as a beacon of vegan and eco-friendly design but also proves the feasibility of such projects in the hospitality industry. By navigating complex regulations and material constraints, the design team by Krea.tina Martina Weiser has demonstrated that sustainable, vegan hotels can thrive, even within the frameworks of historic preservation. This project stands as a testament to creativity and resilience, offering a sustainable luxury experience that aligns with modern ecological values.

Photography by ONI Studio

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- by Matt Watts