Citadines Michel Hamburg
17 February 2015
As Hamburg is such a unique and dynamic city, it was essential that the storyline of the hotel was developed to mesh with the neighbourhood’s history & culture to give an experience that reflected the locality. The city has been an important port both historically and up to the present, so it offered a natural design narrative which was applied throughout the hotel. The featured materials, graphics and imagery were inspired by the dock; shipping text on the floor and walls, industrial light fittings and rough sawn timber clad walls. It was also intentional that the communal spaces and apartments were as open plan as possible to respond to the informal ways that guests work and meet for business. Open plan apartments were also designed to create a home from home experience using the dock and industrial theme.
The hotel is in a great location – very easy to access the distinct areas of the city. Last year we spent four days in Hamburg dressing the hotel, we loved the fish restaurants at the harbour and spent time looking for reclaimed vintage industrial design at Ply. The 1920′s style of Cafe de Paris was also a favourite.
Words by Tessa Verity, Interior Designer.