Caroline Bertran de Balanda -- Interior Design, 1/1/2013 2:00:00 AM
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| Project Name: Meininger Hotel Berlin Airport|
Location: Berlin, Germany
Firm: Peterse Architekten and Studio Aisslinger
Square Feet: 105,000
Principal Werner Aisslinger and his team broke up the large interior volumes to create spaces that are at once open, understated, and cozy. “The emergence of a new type of traveler—more nomadic, seeking simple spaces where the essentials are available—drove the design,” he says.
The lobby is a true living area with a relaxed atmosphere to foster guest interaction. Simple painted wood chairs and tables, facing a wall-length banquette, offers similar flexibility. In the 151 guest rooms, Teutonic-inflected austerity translates into the clean minimalist lines of the laminated-panel platform beds and built-in seating and desks. Families catching an early flight may take advantage of rooms equipped with bunk beds. The color palette throughout is somewhat subdued with an occasional pop to maintain cheer. It’s a wise choice to keep from competing with the candy-striped exterior that must seem like a welcoming rainbow to landing aircraft.
Kamel Louafi: Landscaping Consultant. W33 Ingenieurgesellschaft: MEP. Specht, Kalleja + Partner Ingenieure: Civil Engineer. Tischlerei Zehetner-Grasl Franz: Woodwork. ALPINE Bau: General Contractor.
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