They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, but a new hotel in Berlin is taking the spotlight off that room and shining it brightly on the living or drawing room. The owners of Das Stue – the name means ‘living room’ in Danish – wanted to create a chic urban retreat with personalised home comforts, and for guests to feel as if they are staying with a close friend. A friend with impeccable taste.
Axthelm Architekten restored the imposing historic building and added its modern extension, while hotshot Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola is responsible for the inside. Housed in what was once the city’s Royal Danish Embassy, the neo-classical building was designed by architect Johann Emil Schaudt in the 1930s, and amazingly, languished unloved and unoccupied from 1978 to 1987 before Deutsche Post moved in.
To turn it into a high-end hotel, the architects have added a glass porch in front of the 24-hour main reception, reinvigorated a grand dual staircase and added an innovative flower-pattern photo concrete surface to the rough stone façade.
The hotel has 80 rooms and suites, with various USPs. Some have high ceilings, some connecting doors (should you be travelling en famille), some have outside space. All come complete with rain shower, desk and roomy wardrobe with separate shoe storage (which confirms that the designers have thought about how people live – and unpack!). An interactive full-HD Apple entertainment system complete with complimentary Wi-Fi and whopping 55” widescreen TV tick the tech box, and as you might expect from a luxe hotel, there is individually adjustable aircon.
For those not planning to visit the German capital any time soon, the Das Stue look is fairly easy to recreate in your own home. In a Stue Room, walls are neutral – pale olive, a calming shade that works well in sitting rooms – and bedding crisp and white. Boldly striped cushions add a focal point to beds and are in keeping with the continuing trend of bold and geometric patterns.
A more upscale junior suite includes a lounge area with an equally neutral colourway (olives and sages work well together in ‘multi-zone’ spaces, and can be used to differentiate zones) and oversize rugs with leaf motif – botanicals are another of spring’s trends. Take away something from this savvy scheme for a slice of hotel chic at home…
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Steven Short, Guest Editor
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