schmidt hammer lassen architects wins prestigious hotel complex in Munich, Germany
One week after winning the design of the new permanent premises for the International Criminal Court in The Hague, schmidt hammer lassen architects has won an architectural competition to design an approx. 40,000 sq m 5-star hotel complex in Munich, in the southern part of Germany. This competition is the third large international competition won by schmidt hammer lassen architects in the first quarter of 2010.
The hotel complex is situated in the newly developed Schwabinger Tor area, along the northern part of the Leopoldstraβe. The challenge in the competition was to bring the architectural characteristics of Munich into this new and modern part of the city. schmidt hammer lassen architects’ design concept has its origin in three themes: the analysis of the historical city with its arches, vaults and arcades; a close relation to the master plan with its boulevards, plazas and narrow streets; and a focus on human beings as well as the overall experience offered to the hotel guests.
“The arcade motif is well known in Munich and emphasises the passage from a public plaza to the more private urban spaces. The arcade creates a semi-public space where people can sit and observe the urban life. We want to integrate this architectural feature into the ground floor level of the hotel,” said Kim Holst Jensen, partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects.
The hotel rooms have been designed to become one-of-a-kind. By integrating large and luxurious bathrooms – as a kind of private spa-room – with daylight and visual connection to the outside greenery, the atmosphere in the hotel rooms is designed to be as relaxing as possible. According to Kim Holst Jensen, the use of daylight is a general theme throughout the building complex.