Conversion of an Office Building into a Boutique Hotel

Client: Aspria Berlin
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: 2008-2009

A blend of harmonious lines, soft colors and modern materials, the hotel conversion of a former industrial building serves as an extension to the adjoining Aspria Sport and Wellness Club. Spread over three floors, thirty-nine guest rooms, three apartments and two conference rooms generate an innovative series of calming, highly modern spaces.

Guests enter their room to view a panoramic window and a tailor-made pedestal bed floating in the middle of the space. The bed unit conceals the wardrobe and minibar, and integrates reading lights and storage niches. Nearly 3.5m overhead, the original ribbed concrete structure is visible, with a portion of the ceiling sloping down to present a flat screen television. Each room is appointed with carefully selected furnishings from Vitra and Walter Knoll, while a desk surface along the window folds downward to form a window seat.

The room’s open layout makes the most of nearly 30m2 of usable area, linking a dressing area and washbasin with the living area. Separate shower and toilet areas are partitioned off with panes of frosted glass; a clever hinge mechanism allows one panel to become a shower stall door. Full of light and thoughtful design touches, the hotel’s contemporary flair partners well with a brand that ‘never stands still.’

Project Partner:
– RLP Architekten, Berlin

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