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Why You'll Want to Take The Elevator at The Westin Hamburg, Opening in 2016

July 30, 2014 at 1:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

The most eyecatching feature of the new Westin Hamburg is the seafaring wavy roof. We're guessing that means no helipad.

Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, is getting larger and that means more hotels. According to HotelProjectsWorldwide, there are 23 new hotels in development in Hamburg, thanks in part to the revitalization of former riverfront warehouse district HafenCity. In 2016, HafenCity will be home to the new Westin Hamburg, located in one of the most highly anticipated new buildings worldwide— the Elbe Phiharmonic Hall.

The Elbe Philharmonic Hall, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron, sits on the western tip of HafenCity, fronting the Elbe River. The new concert hall, enclosed in 1,100 glass panels with some carefully placed projecting curves, is built on top of a former cocoa warehouse. The rooftop of the warehouse will be transformed into a giant public plaza that will include the lobby of the Westin Hamburg. Reportedly to be a first in the world, there will be an upward curving escalator from the street level to this Grand Plaza. Oh, and the escalator is inside a tunnel. No ticket required.

The hotel will occupy the upper floors of the building, offering clear views of the River Elbe. The hotel's interiors are being designed by Berlin based Bost Group, who recently won an award for Hotel Am Steinplatz.

There will be 244 rooms featuring Westin’s Heavenly Bed, restaurant and café, bar and lounge including a smoker’s lounge, Westin Executive Club Lounge, spa (on the 6th floor,) fitness center, and meeting/event facilities with state-of-the-art technology.

One of the more obvious questions we would ask when a hotel shares space with a performance hall is, uh, what about the noise factor? One of the best ways to deal with it is of course to hire a specialist in acoustics, specifically Yashuhisa Toyota. What was the design solution? For starters, two concrete shells enclosing the concert hall, so you’ll be sure to get a good night’s sleep. Just in case, pack some earplugs.

In the meantime, here's a few renderings of the hotel that may very well be within a future architectural landmark.

[Exterior rendering: Herzog & De Meuron; interior renderings: Bost Group]

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