Reflecting the city

Thursday 26 Apr 2012

German architects exploit the Berlin cityscape by framing views and reflecting surroundings

Aligning with the existing storehouses the four-star ‘nhow Berlin' Music Hotel, by the Spanish nh-group, is located between the River Spree to the south and Stralauer Allee to the north. It contains 310 rooms and two restaurants, a convention centre with a ballroom, a spa area and an underground car park.

The structure of the building and the façade design reflect the special location of the building. A huge cantilevered cube cites the motif of a crane cabin, whereas the façade surface mingles into the ubiquitous brown stone materiality at the formerly important city harbour of Osthafen. The volume accommodates seven floors divided into two blocks, each forming an open U-shape onto the water and connected via a glass interstice. The western block is topped by four additional floors in a separate volume peering over the banks. Here the exclusive nhow suite gives access to the roof terrace and offers optional access to an in-house sound studio, cantilevered on about seventy feet and hovering eighty feet above the water.

On street level a floor-to-ceiling glass band with large panels distinguishes the hotel from the neighbouring old storehouses. The façade zone above is formed by a perforated brick coat with irregularly arranged square windows. The brick chosen varies in colour as well as in its line-up, adding a vivid optical finish to the massive volume by its irregular surface. The top levels (7th to 10th floor) wear a highly reflective aluminium cladding and allow splendid views to the south western skyline of the city through an all-glass double facade.

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