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Our musings on design, hotels, hospitality, and how much we enjoy revealing Berlin to our guests on a personal scale.

Design of the Hotel: Flexibility
Design of the Hotel: Flexibility

Skriven av Matthew Griffin

In our architectural practice we strive to design flexibility into our buildings as possible. To do this we work at refining the design on multiple levels, from adaptable uses, through variable floor plans, and adjustable technology. Desging flexible buildings and adapting existing buildings is arguabley the most important factor in...

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Design of the Hotel: Builders and Bankruptcy
Design of the Hotel: Builders and Bankruptcy

Skriven av Matthew Griffin

Building can be a minefield, unexpected things blow up in your face on a regular basis. When a company with goes broke on site, picking up the pieces is always a messy job. While we were designing and building the minilofts, the Berlin economy was in dire straits, which meant we had many brushes with bankrupt builders that often bordered...

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Design of the hotel: Glazed crime thriller
Design of the hotel: Glazed crime thriller

Skriven av Matthew Griffin

Designing a building is one thing, getting it built is a completely different ball game. Our relationships with the builders ran the gamut from productive to the insanely stressful. In particular our façade company's nightmare grade behavior kept us on our toes. The events played out like a dime novel that always had a new ugly surprise...

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Design of the hotel: Epitaph to a bad bank
Design of the hotel: Epitaph to a bad bank

Skriven av Matthew Griffin

Our primary interest was the design of the building, but to get it built we had to wade into the world of finance. Although the waters looked dark from the outset, they turned out to be far murkier than we expected! This 'obituary' plumbs the depths of our ten year relationship with the HypoVereinsbank. It was rocky, dangerous, and emotionally...

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Design of the hotel: Old and new
Design of the hotel: Old and new

Skriven av Matthew Griffin

The Miniloft building is a self confident hybrid of old and new. The physical layers of its history give it a richness that cannot be created from scratch. This article outlines the fascinating history of the building, its scars of war and neglect during the communist regime, and how the new design transformed it into a...

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Design of the hotel: Materials
Design of the hotel: Materials

Skriven av Matthew Griffin

Materials are a fundamental ingredient in our experience of architecture. They add a sensual dimension to our interaction with space, and underpin a building's identity. While designing the minilofts we selected materials that would underscore and heighten the experience of our building. The materials emphasize the loft...

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Design of the hotel: Berlin politics
Design of the hotel: Berlin politics

Skriven av Matthew Griffin

Berlin's fascinating and frustrating relationship to its unique history have had a large influence on urban design and architecture in Berlin. Berlin has a very distinct relationship with its historical urban fabric. This relationship has evolved through several phases since the end of World War II – the evolution of design in...

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Design of the hotel: The west façade
Design of the hotel: The west façade

Skriven av Matthew Griffin

We designed the miniloft building to conduct a distinctive dialogue with its context. The building's shape, materials, and detailing were all designed with this context in mind, and play a critical role in the minilofts unique identity. The miniloft's west façade which faces directly onto the the street, is where the hotel's...

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Design of the hotel: The south façade
Design of the hotel: The south façade

Skriven av Matthew Griffin

The south façade is a unique design composed of alternating vertical stripes that help give the building its distinct identity, and create a feeling of largess. To achieve this we designed a set of custom details, and broke with conventions of façade design.

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