Schwabinger-Tor-Hotel, Munich by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects


Schmidt hammer lassen architects wins the architectural competition to design an approx. 40,000 m2 5-star hotel complex in Munich, in the southern part of Germany. This competition is the third large international competition won by schmidt hammer lassen architects in the first quarter of 2010.

Project description by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects:
The 40,000 m2 5-star hotel complex is situated in the newly developed Schwabinger Tor area, along the northern part of the Leopoldstrae in Munich, Germany. The challenge in the competition was to bring the architectural characteristics of Munich into this new and modern part of the city. The design concept has its origin in three themes: the analysis of the historical city with its arches, vaults and arcades; a close relation to the masterplan with its boulevards, plazas and narrow streets; and a focus on human beings as well as the overall experience offered to the hotel guests.


The arcade motif is well known in Munich and emphasizes the passage from a public plaza to the more private urban spaces. The arcade creates a semi-public space where people can sit and observe the urban life. The design integrates this architectural feature into the ground floor level of the hotel.


North and south of the building complex, two new urban plazas form natural entry points to the hotel and the conference centre. The entrances are accentuated in the building design by two impressive, golden vaults. For the hotel guests and the passers-by these very unique spaces offer a feeling of being part of something special. The vaults are fascinating, spacious and luxurious.


The hotel rooms have been designed to become one-of-a-kind. By integrating large and luxurious bathrooms – as a kind of private spa-rooms – with daylight and visual connection to the outside greenery, the atmosphere in the hotel rooms become relaxing and impressive. The use of daylight is a general theme throughout the building complex. It offers the hotel guests a unique experience and sets a whole new standard for high-end hotels in general.

Facts about the project:
Client : Jost Hurler Beteiligungs- und Verwaltungsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG
Area : approx. 40,000m2
Number of hotel rooms : approx. 300
Competition : 2009-2010, 1st prize winner in a restricted international competition
Status : construction 2012-2014


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