NHow Hotel Berlin by NPS Tchoban Voss

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NHow Hotel Berlin by NPS Tchoban Voss

Extreme cantilever alert! A four-storey block with a mirrored underside juts out from the top of a Berlin hotel, 25 metres above the ground (photos by Roland Halbe).

NHow Hotel Berlin by NPS Tchoban Voss

The huge cantilever comprises the upper floors of the eleven-storey NHow Hotel, which was designed by German architects NPS Tchoban Voss.

NHow Hotel Berlin by NPS Tchoban Voss

The end of the cantilever is fully glazed whilst the underside is clad in polished aluminium, creating a mirror that reflects the hotel roof below.

NHow Hotel Berlin by NPS Tchoban Voss

Part of the NHow chain, the 310-room hotel contains music facilities that include a ballroom and a sound studio.

Another Berlin cantilever by NPS Tchoban Voss was also featured on Dezeen this week - see our earlier story.

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The following text is provided by the architect.


3873 Music and Lifestyle Hotel nhow Berlin
New four-star hotel

Aligning with the existing storehouses the four-star “nhow Berlin” Music Hotel by the Spanish nh-group is located between the River Spree to the south and Stralauer Allee to the north containing 310 rooms and two restaurants, a convention center including a ballroom, and offering a spa area and an underground car park.

NHow Hotel Berlin by NPS Tchoban Voss

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The structure of the building and the façade design refer to the situation of the building A huge cantilevered cube cites the motif of a crane cabin, whereas the façade’s surface mingles into the ubiquitous brown stone materiality at the formerly important city harbor of Osthafen.

NHow Hotel Berlin by NPS Tchoban Voss

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Divided into two blocks the volume accommodates seven floors forming each forming an open U-shape onto the water and connected via glass interstice.

NHow Hotel Berlin by NPS Tchoban Voss

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The western block is topped by four additional floors in a separate volume overpeering the banks. Here the exclusive nhow suite gives access to the roof terrace and has an optional connection to an in-house sound studio, cantilevered on about seventy feet and hovering eighty feet above the water.

NHow Hotel by NPS Tchoban Voss

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On street level a floor-to-ceiling glass band with large-size panels distinguishes the hotel from the neighboring old storehouses. The façade zone above is formed by perforated brick coat with irregularly arranged square windows.

NHow Hotel Berlin by NPS Tchoban Voss

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The chosen bricks vary in color as well as in their line-up adding a vivid optical brigo to the massive volume by an irregular surface. The fitted top levels (7th to 10th floor) wear a highly reflective aluminum cladding and allow splendid views to the southwest through an all-glass double façade.

NHow Hotel Berlin by NPS Tchoban Voss

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Sergei Tchoban, nps tchoban voss
Berlin:
design and construction planning (LP 1-4)
design and façade planning (LP 5)
Karim Rashid, New York: 
Interior design
Client: NDC Nippon Development Corporation GmbH
gross floor area: approx. 22.000 m²

  • Peter

    Photographer Mr. Halbe reduced himself very cleverly on shooting outside only, while i just made the terrible mistake to google the hotel to find Karim Rashid´s nothing less than horrid interiors. I doubt that people who enjoy this style (kids? color blinds? clowns?) actually spend a lot of money on hotel stays, but i guess time will tell (very soon) how successful something like this can be in "poor, but sexy" Berlin.

    • ber

      Berliners usually don't stay in hotels in their own city – they just have to live with questionable hotel architecture in their neighbourhood.

  • Peng_Su

    the box is a landmark, it's cool!

  • http://www.michaelschoner.de michael

    when i show my girlfriend architecture she says, architecture is about "stuff sticking out"
    somehow she's right.
    here is another example.
    makes me wonder if stuff gets better by sticking out or it is just an architects wet dream. I'm not so inspired by this cube…

  • ctr

    think they should paint a smiley face on the roof the cantilever reflects, or at least something other than air vents.

  • sally strothers

    getting a bit like penis substitution.

  • steef

    Good to know that if you stay at that hotel, you're paying for this nonsense; so people can now stay away.

  • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000197807947 James Wellington

    the roof should be mirrored, too. then people can wonder what the point is from above and below….

  • heavenairport

    Fukushima type hubris. It'll be just fine. until it isn't.

  • steve

    It's also extraordinarily crude as a structure. See the section, with its storey deep tapered section – why is it needed when you have three storeys of side walls with scant holes for windows? Because the architects wanted the fractured reflections anyway?