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HOME FROM HOME
Travellers today are looking beyond aesthetics, and instead now distinctiveness, authenticity and experience have become a strong driving force for the hospitality industry. Our design solution blends together the worlds of home with hospitality, focusing closely on how people feel, their needs and how a place can create emotional impact. By employing principles of wellbeing, the hotel has been transformed into a welcoming and uplifting experience for guests.
Client: Ming Hotel Group & Land Union
Scope: Interior architecture, bespoke furniture
Location: Central Berlin, Germany
We were commissioned by an international hotel group to transform three hotels in Berlin.
The Mondrian Suites hotel is the first of the projects; located in the heart of the former East Berlin near Checkpoint Charlie, the existing 91 room hotel lacked in character and distinctiveness and was not making the most of its prime location.
Our brief was to work in close partnership with out client to define and develop the brand DNA of the chain, before delivering a vision and full reconfiguration that focused closely on how guests would experience the new spaces.
Travellers today are looking beyond aesthetics, and instead now distinctiveness, authenticity and experience have become a strong driving force for the hospitality industry.
Our design solution blends together the worlds of home with hospitality, focusing closely on how people feel, their needs and how a place can create emotional impact.
By employing principles of wellbeing, the hotel has been transformed into a welcoming and uplifting experience for guests.
Inspired by the historic Berlin “Hofe” - hidden colourful Art Deco courtyards - the new public spaces form a journey of discovery through the hotel, full of character and surprise. Through this transformation, the hotel is now more connected to the neighbourhood, acting as a resource for local residents and businesses, and bringing much needed activity, vibrancy and a feeling of safety to the public realm, which had previously suffered from crime. By employing principles of wellbeing to the interior, the previously sterile and generic spaces were transformed to create a welcoming, distinctive and uplifting atmosphere for guests where they can relax in different warm and tactile spaces.
Whereas the hotel had previously lacked atmosphere, a key part of the project was to create a feeling of vitality and to give it some “soul”. By understanding human behaviour and how people interact, the public spaces have been shaped to accommodate the different guest types, from single travellers to local companies. The lounge creates intimate zones, where single visitors can sit more privately in nooks but still observe the activities around them, whilst the large communal breakfast table gives the choice to socialise. The transformation has created a characterful haven with increased dwell-time and use of the spaces, which has resulted in increased bookings and revenues for the hotel. The streamlining of user flows and increased security for the staff means they feel happier and able to carry out their work more productively.
It has been shown that when we feel good, we are more sociable whereas stress and discomfort causes people to retreat. So the design of all the interior details were carefully chosen based on “biomorphic” design principles, where textures and patterns that recall nature create environments that are interesting, uplifting, enlivening and restorative. Each item of furniture was designed with bespoke details to create a comfortable setting that awakens the senses through varied and contrasting textures, colours and patterns. The design mixes together natural materials such as seagrass, leather and bamboo with more sumptuous materials to create a dynamic setting for socialisation.