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BUILDING
 
 
Hotel Q
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DESIGNER
 
 
Graft
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DESCRIPTION
 
Sleeping with your eyes wide open...
Graft Hotel Q BerlinHotels are homes in time. For a short while they lend the visitor a world where he inhabits a new identity, they permit him the new telling of his story, enable the foretaste on another future. Hotels can seduce to experiment with old habits and inspire new rituals.

Aside from the sleeping factories of mass tourism or the standardised hotel chain, a new type of hotel has emerged in the last decade world wide. These „design hotels” offer places that want to be unmistakable, are unique experiences of architectonic spaces and cosmopolitan hubs for the traveler.

At the hotel location “Knesebeckstrasse” at the corner to the buzzing Kurfürstendamm, a place emerges, that draws the visitor of Berlin into this city, well before he has departed from home. GRAFT laid out a hotel landscape, that changes the classic spacial canon through the topographical folding of the program. The tectonical logic of elemented construction distorts itself, blends into hybrid zones with double functional occupancies. The inclined area is simultaneously a separating wall but also usable furniture, the lifted floor is circulation surface or a space, emerged from underneath the skin of the house.

Graft Hotel Q BerlinThe flow of this “landscape” creates generous connections where otherwise a typical dissection into singular spaces would prevail. The topographical treatment of the design problem maximises program utilization and creates a continuous flow of form and space. The visitor will find a narrative that departs from conventional perceptual experiences and allows ambiguous readings of the space.

The research for a material, that would provide both technical and aesthetic qualities required, the architects found Marmoleum Real 3127, a product of the Forbo Flooring GmbH. An ambitious and rigorous search for form and function led to this new and innovative design.

The inhabitant becomes participant on this landscape, changing his interaction with architecture and furniture, is walking up the walls in order to sit on top of the celebrating crowd. Or sinks into tubs, that offer themselfs like hot springs in the ground in the middle of the room - to slow down and to sleep with his eyes wide open.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Germany [Deutschland]
Land
Berlin
Town
Berlin
Neighborhoods
Charlotten-Burg
Address
Knesebeckstrasse 67, 10623 Berlin
 
 
Telephone
+49.30.810.066-0
Fax
+49.30.810.066-666
Website
E-mail
q-berlin@loock-hotels.com
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Commercial buildings
Bars, cafeterias
Buildings for travel and tourism
Hotels
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Conference halls
Buildings for health and well-being
Wellness centre
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Realisation
2004
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AWARDS
 
2005
Hospitality Design Award
2005
Travel and Leisure Award
2005
Contract World Award
Best of Category
2005
ArTravel Award
2004
Hans Schaefers Preis
2004
Honor Award
AIA
Los Angeles
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CLIENT
 
 
WANZL GmbH & Co. Bauträgergesellschaft KG
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AMOUNT
 
 
€ 9.000.000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Number
72 rooms
4 studios
1 penthouse
Surface
site sq.m. 3.200
total sq.m. 12,000
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Dr. Kabalan
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STAFF
 
Project leader
Wolfgang Grenz
Design team
Johannes Jakubeit, Michael Rapp, Sascha Ganske
Collaborators
Stephanie Bünau, Leo Kocan, Lennart Wiechell, Sven Fuchs, Nikolas Krause, Helge Lezius
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Hiepler Brunier Architekturfotografie
Drawings © Graft
Text edited by Graft
Courtesy by Graft


Graft Hotel Q Berlin




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