Just one week after winning the design of the new permanent premises for the International Criminal Court in The Hague (previously on Bustler), schmidt hammer lassen architects (SHL) wins the architectural competition to design an approx. 40,000 m2 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.
Competition-winning Design for a 5-Star Hotel Complex on Munich’s LeopoldstraÎ²e by schmidt hammer lassen architects
The hotel complex is situated in the newly developed Schwabinger Tor area, along the northern part of the LeopoldstraÎ²e. The challenge in the competition was to bring the architectural characteristics of Munich into this new and modern part of the city. SHLâ€™ 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.
â€œThe arcade motif is well known in Munich and emphasizes 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,â€ says partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects Kim Holst Jensen.
North and south of the building complex, two new urban plazas form natural entry points to the hotel and the conference center. The entrances are accentuated in the building design by two impressive, golden vaults. â€œFor the hotel guests and the passers-by these very unique spaces offer a feeling of being part of something special. The vaults are fascinating, spacious and luxurious,â€ says Kim Holst Jensen.
The hotel rooms have been designed to become one-of-a-kind. By integrating large and luxurious bathrooms â€“ as a kind of private spa-rooms â€“ with daylight and visual connection to the outside greenery, the atmosphere in the hotel rooms becomes relaxing and impressive. According to Kim Holst Jensen, the use of daylight is a general theme throughout the building complex. It offers the hotel guests a unique experience and sets a whole new standard for high-end hotels in general.
The building facades with their poetic rhythm of vertical lamella and the open ground floor level add something to the urban spaces of the city. With reference to the Scandinavian architectural tradition of working with daylight, transparency and simplicity, SHL has created an outstanding and expressive building complex. The classic values are combined with a modern design and the result is a unique and exclusive hotel with its very own style.
Client: Jost Hurler Beteiligungs- und Verwaltungsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG
Area: approx. 40,000m2
Number of hotel rooms: approx. 300
Competition: 2009-2010, 1st prize winner in a restricted international competition
Status: construction 2012-2014
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