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Name of project : nhow Hotel
Website : http://www.nhow-hotels.com/berlin/de/
Location : Stralauer Allee 3 10245 Berlin Germany
Overlooking the Spree River in the Mediaspree district of Berlin, Germany
Principal Use : 303-room hotel plus Nhow Suite (304 total) & Recording Studio, Conference
Facilities, Bar, Restaurant and Wellness Center (Spa & Gym)
Client : NH Hoteles
Floor area : Total guestrooms: 304 rooms
Reception/ Lobby: 500 sqm
Conference Facilities: 1000 sqm
Outdoor Terraces: 1000 sqm
Nhow Suite: 250 sqm with 115 sqm terrace
Recording Studio: 100 sqm
Dining & Bar Lounge: 500 sqm
2 levels of Wellness Center: 450 sqm
Design period : January 2008 – June 2010
Construction period : February 2008 – November 2010
Budget : Undisclosed
Team : Designer: Karim Rashid
Project Manager: Camila Tariki, Karim Rashid Inc.
Project architects: Kamala Hutauruk, Cece Stelljes, Julie Lee, Evan McCullough.
NH Project Manager: Jana Zschuppe
Developer: Nippon Development Corporation
Building Architect: NP Tchoban Voss
General Contractor: BAM Deutschland AG
nhow Berlin designed by Karim Rashid celebrates Berlin’s modern zeitgeist and connects it to
the rest of the world by creating a technorganic land of data-driven art and spaces. Set on the
Spree River, the old line between East and West Berlin, the nhow Berlin bridges the digital age
of information and the physical and spiritual needs of visitors.
“My vision engages technology, visuals, textures, color, as well as all the needs that are
intrinsic to living in a simpler less cluttered but more sensual environment. Design touches us
on every level, and design can continue to define and shape our dimensional interior
environments and create new progressive human behaviors and new languages. I always
question whether the physical world is as experiential, as seductive, as connective, as inspiring,
as personalizable, and customizable as the digital world. That is what I tried to achieve with nhow
Hotel Berlin by making a space that coexists with the data-driven digital infostethic world.”
Guests are greeted by the visually arresting reception desk. The sensuous sculpture is made
of high gloss fiberglass with inset lighting. On the opposite wall a one way mirror glows with global
locations and times of a digital world clock. In front of the clocks a field of rolling hill seating and
lighting populates the entrance. The printed ceramic floor tiles provide dimension and texture,
the pattern representing the transference of digital data that exists around us, supports us, and
speaks for us.
Twilight colors and soft curves create a sensual mood in the nhow hotel lounge. The soft
language continues into the Karim designed furnishings. As a backdrop, a LED sculpture reads
“Freedom.” Another intimate lounge is separated from the main lobby by glass walls and
projected artwork. The ceiling features a sculptural installation of almost molten plastic.
Recessed lights give it a dynamic glow.
The lobby flows into the nhow hotel bar. The omnipresent and omidirectional head made of gold
lacquered fiberglass tops the bar creating a lavish statement. Seating areas composed of the
voluptuous organic and ergonomic couches and lounge chairs flank the bar. Custom wave
banquettes mirror the ceiling sculpture above. Sheer custom curtains with a digipop pattern act
as artwork coloring the views of the iconic view of Spree River.
The light filled nhow hotel restaurant’s pastel color palette was chosen because green shades
aid digestion and light pink is soothing. Organic shaped lighting fixtures illuminate the room.
The striking sculptures in the middle of the dining room serve as both Art & Object, Form &
Function. Made of lacquered fiberglass and glass they serve breakfast lunch and when not
in use at night, simply be an art element. A sliding partition makes the space reconfigurable
for private events. Communal tables bring together travelers and locals in a casual setting.
Smaller private tables offer a more intimate dining experience.
Exterior and structural architecture were created by NP Tchoban Voss. Karim added his digital
artwork to the glass catwalk connecting east and west wing. The catwalk takes advantage of
river views and projects the hotel’s positive outlook outward.
The nhow hotel Berlin boasts 6 conference rooms, each with scrolling led signage announcing
meeting and events. The Break-out area is an open plan space flexible for different functions
and decorated with Karim Rashid original backlit artwork, Murano made lamps and sculptural
Energetic patterns in the form of wallpaper and carpets carry guests through the hallways to
the guest’s rooms. Each floor features a different custom Digipop patterned elevator bank
making every moment entertaining.
A beautiful hotel embraces human needs, desires, and behaviors. Designed for comfort and
positive energy. Karim thought of every detail to fulfill and creates new fantasies.
The East Tower rooms feature a sunrise/sunset color scheme of warm golds and invigorating
pinks. The West Tower Technolux rooms have cooler color schemes of grey, blue and pink. High
aloft the hotel, the Upper towers have premium views of the Spree River, and are awash in calm
colors, ideal for business traveler or peaceful get-away.
In each guest room bold Digipop artwork serves as the bed headboard, imagery meant to inspire
dreams. Underfoot the custom patterned flooring is made of printed recyclable wood laminate.
Karim designed a two way mirror to hide the flat screen television when not in use. Remarkably
the mirror seems to morph into the chrome desk cantilevered from the wall. Leaving no detail
unnoticed, the bathroom walls are white gradient glass allowing natural light in while still giving
guests privacy. Playing to modern digital needs, guests can play their own tunes from an in room
iPod dock and connect their laptop to the television. The lighting can be personalized to create
different preset moods: work, play and relax.
On premium rooms, a curved wall divider separates the bedroom from living area. An inset
television rotates within the wall for viewing in bed or while lounging on the leather couch in the
separate living room or working from the sculptural fiberglass desk. The spacious bathroom
features a freestanding bathtub in custom colors, large glass showers, mosaic tile floors,
double sinks and the luxury Nhow amenities to pamper one’s self.
这就是我想在这个酒店里做的空间”—— Karim Rashid
Guestrooms & hallways
Flooring: Custom Print Laminate Wood Flooring from Parador
Carpet: Maltzahn, Stepvi
Floor & wall tile: FAP Ceramiche, Ezarri Mosaico
Wall coverings: Wolf Gordon, Vescom
Ceiling Element: Barrisol
Plastic Laminate: Duropal, Abet Laminati
Furniture: Frighetto, Della Rovere, Tonelli, Bonaldo, Casamania,Umbra, Raynor,
Felice Rossi, Vondom, Valdichienti
Bathroom fixtures: Hidra, Kaldewei, Zucchetti
Bathroom accessories: Aliseo
Lighting: Artemide, Foscarini
Curtains: Fiorete & fabrication Raum & Objekt
Millwork: Martinez Otero
Custom fiberglass sculptures: Hecker
Floor & wall tile: Tau Ceramica, Ezarri Mosaico, FAP Ceramiche, Compac, Azrock.
Carpet: Maltzahn, Stepvi
Wallpaper: Wolf Gordon, Marburg Wallcoverings
Plastic Laminate: Duropal, Abet Laminati
Printed films: Kies Werbung
Lighting: Foscarini, Artemide, Kundalini
Seating: Casamania, Bonaldo, Zanotta, Frighetto, Pinker, Vondom, Raynor Group,
Tables: Tonelli, Corian by Hasenkopf
Restroom sinks: Corian by Hasenkopf
Restroom fixtures: Hidra, Duravit, Cisal
Millwork: Martinez Ortero