Location: Berlin, Germany
Principal use: First-class design hotel
Client: Project Developer Wanzl & Co. Bauträgergesellschaft KG. Hotel operator: Loock Hotels
Floor area: 3,200m2 (34,444ft2)
Design period: Autumn 2002
Construction period: Spring 2004
Budget: Undisclosed but limited for a four-star hotel
In 1988 Philippe Starck was commissioned by famed nightclub impresario, Ian Schrager, to refit the Royalton Hotel on New York’s West 44th Street (see pp.70–75). The birth of the lifestyle hotel was a design moment that was to revolutionize the hotel industry. Unfortunately since the term ‘the design hotel’ was coined it has become diluted and is currently attached to any new or refurbished hotel with even a small degree of ...