Grand Hyatt Hotel, Berlin

Exemplary hotel architecture

After three years of construction, Europe’s first Grand Hyatt, on Potsdamer Platz, was completed in the autumn of 1998.

Designing the hotel was a particular challenge for its Spanish architect José Rafael Moneo because Berlin’s street grid imposed strict limits on construction on this outstanding site. The aim was to create a symbiosis between tradition and modernity oriented towards a classic European street plan with buildings in solid blocks of colour.

Moneo met this challenge with a trapezoid block that fits in unobtrusively with adjoining buildings – the Musical Theatre, Sony Center, Spielbank casino and the historic Weinhaus Huth. His reinforced concrete cube, clad in red sandstone, conveys an impression of quiet functionality.

This form is interrupted by the building’s glazed, jagged roof structure, adding a sudden excitement to this otherwise sober building.

The five-star hotel has a total floor area of 29,900 m² over eight floors, accommodating 342 rooms, a ballroom and a conference centre. Its crystalline roof pavilion houses a wellness area. In contrast to most new hotel buildings, Berlin‘s Grand Hyatt is not just a tower block with large side wings; rather it’s an example of a successful linking of urban development requirements, individual architecture, effective interior design and the utilization of space to fit in with users’ needs, the whole forming a cogent overall concept. The hotel’s various sections are located on different floors in accordance with their level of public use.

Quality in form and material
On the inside too, the building features striking design highlights. Hannes Wettstein’s Zurich design firm, 9D, was responsible for the interior design.

His preferred stylistic devices in this project were form and material. The design and material of JUNG’s Stainless Steel range harmonises superbly with his high-quality interior concept, complementing the overall context perfectly.

After three years of construction, Europe’s first Grand Hyatt, on Potsdamer Platz, was completed in the autumn of 1998.

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