A unique Berlin hotel makes itself even more unique with the addition of two new customizable suites. Architect Sigurd Larsen shows us around.More
Experiencing a hotel room in a new city can be as thrilling as exploring the city itself. Michelberger Hotel—which opened in Berlin in 2009 and is favored for its relaxed, boho vibes—knows this, which is why they tapped Danish architect Sigurd Larsen to tackle one of the more complex spaces in the 19th-century industrial court building that houses the hotel.
Part of the Michelberger's collection of uniquely designed rooms (categories include Cosy, Loft, Luxus, and The Big One), the two new rooms, categorized as Hideout, are a clever answer to the building's deep corners where the suites are located. "The fact that the rooms are large, and the entrance and light are located only on one side, inspired us to work with the depth of the space in different ways," Larsen says. "I love exploring a new temporary home, so the initial idea was to create a space where the moment of arrival is about exploring, and, afterward, [it's about] customizing [the room] to your own personal way of using the space."
What does that mean exactly? In suite 204, there are cabinets that, when closed, keep the dining area stark white and, when open, let in the glow of the room's interior wood of the rooms, transforming the mood. And in room 304, a structure resembling a mini home encloses the bed, making for a cozy, interior den separate from the living area. As Larsen explains, "Both rooms offer different surprises behind their many doors." Now, see exactly what he means by that.