Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Hotel 25hours The Royal Bavarian Munich in Germany by Dreimeta
February 20th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Dreimeta
The 25hours Hotel has found its new home in Munich, in the magnificent building at Bahnhofplatz 1. The listed structure was built in 1871 in the Renaissance Revival style. In the last century, it served as a building for the postal service and was the home of the royal telegraph station. During the war, the building was almost completely destroyed; however, it was rebuilt according to its original appearance.
We were entrusted with the honourable task to breathe fresh life into this historical location and were allowed to design a hotel that surprises guests and takes them on a journey; a journey back into the royal past of Bavaria: The Royal Bavarian.
The Client: Four Hoteliers That Truly Understand Cities.
The 25hours Hotel Group has developed hotels whose designs alone are reason enough to travel. Guests with cosmopolitan and urban flair appreciate/value the eleven hotels that make it their mission to embody and reflect the essence of a city through creative design. The 25hours Hotels spark the imagination during an overnight stay, with highly individual, functional, beautiful and unique designs. These are always different but consistently great creations for both the guests and the location. As a result, since 2003 the four partners of 25hours have had great success and a strong influence on the development of the hotel branch as a whole.
The Task: a Design Concept for a Hotel Business in a Historic Location In addition to the ordinary pitfalls one faces when renovating historic buildings, the main challenge was to bring the numerous ceiling structures – which were reinforced at varying times during and after the original reconstruction – in line with the load-bearing requirements of the new designated use as a Hotel. As such, the ceiling openings needed for distribution lines and building technology in general were challenging to integrate. Nonetheless, the premises – with heights up to 3,40 m – held enormous potential.
In addition to the 165 rooms, the space planning includes a gym and a wellness area. Due to the fact that other tenants occupy parts of the ground floor, the reception is situated on the first floor, while the space on the ground floor is reserved for the gastronomy areas of the hotel. The restaurant, deli and a small burger joint are located on the street level, while the reception, the bar and a meeting/event space are accommodated on the first floor.
On top of redesigning the space to meet functional requirements for the operation of the hotel, it was important for the design team to incorporate the history of the building and the spirit of the “royal telegraph station.” Of course, the design is also true to the guiding principle of the 25hours Hotels – “you’ve seen one, you’ve seen none.”
The Idea: A mixture of a Grand Hotel and the royal Bavarian past The starting point for our design was an inspiring journey through Bavaria. We investigated elegant castles, stately residences and grottoes and as a result, in many spots throughout the Hotel, we tell of the tales that we encountered on our mysterious travels…
The Implementation: colourful, sumptuous, royally-Bajuwarian Guests reside in servants quarters, grand chambers or noble apartments and slumber on stacked mattresses alluding to royal beds of past times. And for those who really want to dive into the royal splendour, there are the Peacock and the Swan Suites to hold court. Bavarian craftsmanship was implemented into the signage concept: carefully crafted embroidery frames lead through the house and messages in Bavarian dialect, such as “Hoaß” and “Koid” (hot and cold) on vintage style nostalgic fittings, hopefully help set the right temperature while taking a shower…
In the NENI Restaurant guests dine while seated on lush velvet padded seats while in the Orangery, housing the NENI Deli, one can browse through newspapers and enjoy coffee, all while breathing in the vibrant, opulent, royal and tongue-in-cheek atmosphere!
From the gastronomic establishments on the ground floor, a prestigious and elegant show stairway leads guests upstairs to the reception and the Boilerman Bar. Past the bridge leading to the Muschelkammer (shell hall), a traditional Bavarian “living room” awaits guests and is available for meetings and events. Opposite the reception desk, a regal sleigh marks the royal work lab. Guests can write letters on vintage typewriters and enjoy old records in the bar library on an authentic gramophone.
The Success: Bavarians do it better.
Although success is no stranger to the 25hours Group, the Royal Bavarian Hotel was a major coup: extremely well booked from the beginning, a remarkably high and positive media response and happy guests prove the claim of the Munich branch: Bavarians do it better.