HAMBURG, Nov 25 — A kitschy, retro-tinged hotel in Hamburg took the award for European hotel design of the year as well as prizes for its public area and bedrooms & bathrooms, while establishments like London’s Corinthia Hotel, Barcelona’s Mirror Hotel, and Italy’s Hotel Valentinerhof were recognised for their original use of space and materials at this year’s European Hotel Design Awards, held this past week in London.
The European Hotel Design Awards were created 15 years ago to recognise design and architectural excellence.
This year organisers received over 200 submissions of projects completed between June 1, last year and May 31.
Categories include Newbuild; Bedrooms & Bathrooms; Café, Bar, Nightclub & Lounge; Conversion of an Existing Building to Hotel Use and Spa, and Health & Leisure Facilities.
The shortlisted entries hailed from all over Europe including Italy, Spain, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and Croatia.
The awards were granted based on creative excellence, commercial viability as well as aesthetics.
The winners and some comments from the organisers:
The European Hotel Design Of The Year Award: Superbude St Pauli, Hamburg, Germany ”The Superbude 2 hotel has built on the previous success of hotels like CitizenM and developed its own personality and design language. Delivered as a complete package, Superbude 2 exudes clever use of materials - old and new, and spaces that appeal to the next generation of travellers, all delivered on a relatively tight budget. The standard of design, use and re-use of everyday materials and creativity that is to be found throughout the hotel made this the winner for 2012.”
Conversion and/or extension of an existing hotel building: Hotel Valentinerhof, St Valentin, Italy - entered by noa*: “Valentinerhof is a substantial extension to an existing traditional hotel in the South Tyrol alpine region of Italy. This building combines a respect for place and local materials with a true desire to bring a sense of joy and celebration of the rural setting whilst delivering everything that is expected of a contemporary hotel experience.”
Conversion of an existing non-hotel building to hotel use: The Mirror Hotel, Barcelona, Spain - entered by GCA Architects: “Whilst the overall look and feel of this conversion of an old office block in Barcelona is very accomplished it was the spatial planning of such a narrow space that stood out for the judges. The clever room plans that gave all the front rooms a street view, the dramatic use of the central lift shaft to provide an intriguing vertical link through the whole building...”
Newbuild: Hotel Lone, Rovinj, Croatia - entered by Maistra: “Hotel Lone is a stunning piece of architecture on the Istrian coastline in Croatia that not only makes the most of its location but enhances it also. The judges felt this was a bold statement that worked well with the landscape, created many interesting and thoughtful spaces and played with the numerous interactions of plane, light and volume notably in the public areas.”
Sustainable Design Award: Starhotels E.c.h.o, Milan, Italy - entered by Andrea Auletta Interior Design ”Whilst all this year’s entries were technically competent, the Starhotel E.C.ho had the judges’ vote for being the most holistic solution, not only delivering a sustainable performance but also making this a sustainable guest experience. The energy saving figures were impressive, as were the ways the guest experience was influenced by a desire to reuse materials, source locally and bring nature into the public areas. Sustainability is clearly a part of the whole guest experience and not just kept to the back of house.”
Lobby & Public Areas: Superbude St Pauli, Hamburg, Germany - Dreimeta Cafe, Bar Or All Day Dining: Beau-Rivage Palace, BaR, Lausanne, Switzerland - Wilsdon Design Associates Restaurant: Sur Mesure Par Thierry Marx , Mandarin Oriental, Paris, France - Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Bedrooms & Bathrooms: Superbude St Pauli, Hamburg, Germany - Dreimeta Suite: The Whitehall Penthouse Suite, Corinthia Hotel, London, England - GA Design International Spa, Health & Leisure Facilities: The Spa, Mandarin Oriental, Paris, France - SM Design and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group The Outstanding Contribution Award: Claus Sendlinger, Founder & CEO, design Hotels
The judging panel was composed of members from the industry, including Simon Ford of InterContinental Hotels Group, Jeremy Blake of Purcell Miller Tritton, Christoph Hoffman of 25Hours Hotel Group and Celia Geyer of Hilton Worldwide. — Reuters