Michelberger Hotel – Berlin
Started in 2009, the Michelberger has garnered a reputation for its unusually inclusive approach to hospitality, set-up more like a communal house than a traditional hotel. It occupies a former light industrial building that dates from 1903, located within the district of Friedrichshain, Berlin.
We have extended the hotel, creating a series of new spaces that tame the industrial heritage of the building. Domestic-scale rooms and materials have been layered over the Michelberger’s original features, without concealing the vast open floor-plate with its enormous windows and sculptural beams. This approach creates a visible tension between the building’s past and what it will become.
The differing spaces within each room are crowned by wooden palisaded frames that define a sense of enclosure and create a dialogue in scales between the divisions in the room and the city body. Inhabiting the rooms, a range of fine furniture; desks, tables, chairs, beds, and benches have also been designed by the practice.