Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes


Places & Faces

Bikini Berlin

In racy design news, a new hotel in Berlin, the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, is giving passers-by more imagery than they’d like – by using floor-to-ceiling glass in its toilets.

Originally a design fault of the building, those relieving themselves are now ‘fair game’ for passers by.  The trendy hotel is only 10 stories tall, meaning that anyone walking on the street below will get a rather detailed eyeful if they glance up!

On the website, the hotel says it is ‘open for monkey business’.

It adds: ‘The hotel showcases cosmopolitan Berlin at its location in the listed Bikini-Haus building between the Berlin Zoo and Breitscheidplatz designer Werner Aisslinger and his team created a hotel world playing with the contrasts of nature and culture’

‘The hotel is popular not only among its own guests, thanks to the restaurant and bar on the top floor with a 360° rooftop terrace and first-class views of the city and the Berlin Zoo.’

It also adds that its mission statement is: ‘We offer our guests a contemporary hotel experience in individual, design oriented boutique hotels. Our services stand out through the highest degree of cordiality and professionalism.

‘We are continually expanding the portfolio of 25hours hotels and will develop to a brand associated with individuality, authenticity, zeitgeist and nonchalance’….

Bikini Berlin’s architectural highlights, like the rooftop terrace behind the Bikinihaus with views of the Zoological Garden, and the large hall below the rooftop terrace, the so-called BIKINI BERLIN POOL, offer space for new ideas and trends. Here, visitors will find a unique marketplace with twenty stationary pop-up stores, the BIKINI BERLIN BOXES, which can be rented for up to one year. This innovative shopping concept  ensures constant flux, remaining surprising and flexible and inspiring exciting dialogue.

An absolutely world class concept all round. A must visit if you’re in Berlin.

Anthony Spon-Smith