A patchwork of different styles with a quirky variety of interior designs and a penchant for the eclectic set Berlin’s Michelberger Hotel apart from the crowd. This three-star accommodation is an example of an unconventional approach to hotel management that is arguably unique in the world.
This is due above all to the innovative vision of Tom Michelberger, the hotel’s principal. Originally, he had wanted to live in the house with his friends. Later on, another idea was born, namely to create a hotel for the inhabitants and guests to share – a kind of “patchwork hotel”. While people first smiled at the “amateur idealists”, Michelberger and his friends made their dream become reality in a former industrial building in Berlin’s district of Friedrichshain.
The group was supported by the Interior Design Studio Aisslinger, a firm renowned for its unconventional approach of revitalising typical style elements of past eras. While the original architecture was hardly modified at all, the interior design ranges from casual through to luxurious, stylish suites inspired by imperial grandeur. This means that puristic rooms may contrast with golden ornaments on beds as well as high-tech equipment.
The lobby is a mix between a living room and a lounge and some of the common rooms would not look out of place in a youth hostel. The 119 rooms were designed according to individual concepts: there are rooms with five and six beds for bands on tour, “The Big One” for an Italian clan, the luxurious chalet or the “Golden One” styled in the “Dynasty” look.
The sanitary fittings are a class of their own that matches the unique charm of the hotel, ranging from a simple washbasin in a corner or rows of washbasins via lavish bathrooms through to rest rooms with colours reminding of the 1970s and 1980s.
The bathroom interior is given a special touch by the Concetto single-lever mixers installed on the washbasin and in shower. Slightly inclined toward the user, Concetto cuts a stylish figure and is easy to operate. After an exciting day in the buzzing German capital, the GROHE Tempesta hand shower invites guests to relax. This is supported by GROHE DreamSpray® which distributes the water pressure evenly across all nozzles. Tempesta combines a modern look with a very sturdy design; the wrap-around impact protector prevents damage if ever it should fall.
Because of its extraordinary character the Michelberger won 2010 European Hotel Design award. This outstanding project is also specified in the new GROHE Reference Book, which is available in bookshops and online by March 2011.