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Das Stue hotel, Berlin, Germany

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Reviewed as "THE COOLEST HOTEL IN BERLIN RIGHT NOW” by Forbes Magazine.
 
Consisting of an historical portion and a new addition by Potsdam-based Axthelm Architects, the 79-room hotel is located in a traditional diplomatic neighbourhood. The area’s past is laden with historical importance, influence, and power. The many grand embassy buildings surrounding the hotel are a testament to the district’s longstanding international orientation. The hotel is, in fact, a rethink of Berlin’s former Royal Danish embassy, a landmarked 1930's structure with its own story and great bones. A stately, slightly curved grey stone facade greets guests outdoors. Inside, an overhead wave of hundreds of tiny lights draws them into a grand entrance hall flanked by two sweeping staircases. Under the lights, a jaw-dropping sculpture of a crocodile’s head prompts visitors to decelerate, marvel, and transition into an environment that brilliantly melds the contemporary and traditional.
 
The virtuoso of interior design, Patricia Urquiola, created the look of all the hotel’s public areas. In the lounge, whimsical shapes and experimental use of colour, texture, and high-quality materials like copper abound. Many of the furnishings are her own designs; she curated other objects, like leather animals in the shape of rhinos, hippos and buffalo that humorously refer to the zoo (revellers in the bar might be surprised to see one of the ostriches looking right back at them). Behind the seating area, a trapezoidal bar has already become one of Berlin’s most elegant meeting points.
 
The Interior Designer selected KETTAL MAIA collection for the CASUAL DINING restaurant. Some of the armchairs have been specifically customized for the project.

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