The designer was tasked to further develop and design the “Superbude” concept. This included designing the “Buden,” a colloquial word used for the rooms in this hotel, as well as the public areas like the lobby, bar and shop. Hotel guests can therefore enjoy a blend of hostel accommodation and the benefits of a technically-equipped hotel. The group eyed to design affordable furnishing for the Superbude, referencing the port city of Hamburg to integrate typical local everyday items and materials, while giving them new functions.
The hotel/hostel is in a listed building, once a Deutsche Post switching center at the turn of the century. For this reason the staircases were restored to their original designs.
The property’s rooms can be adapted to meet requirements, with each room having its own bathroom and WC. Apart from functioning as a classic hotel with double rooms, stackable beds designed by Rolf Heide maximize capacity. Double rooms can be turned into three- or four-bed rooms. Thus, Superbude has space for up to 270 guests in 90 rooms.
Each of the 90 Buden has a “host,” mostly Hamburg bands, who sprayed one of their text lines onto the wall and signed it. In addition to the rooms, the hotel also offers the Rockstar Suite with a stage, under which is a lawn for up to six people to lie on.
In order carry the rope theme in the lobby and in the Buden bathrooms throughout the hotel corridors, a rope pattern was printed onto the carpet to accentuate the building’s long and narrow shape.
The Kitchen Club serves as a breakfast area, as well as a central meeting point for guests. A microwave and ovens are available. The kitchen, buffet, bar and tables are made of red silkscreen panels, and the counter top was faced with sheet copper.
A key feature in the ground floor area is an almost 164-foot long multi-functional wall made of yellow concrete formwork panels with rope patterns burnt into its surface. All necessary functions have been incorporated into this wall, from refrigerators to the Internet station, safes, benches, a water station with jugs and storage space for the hotel.
Yellow formwork panels and scaffolding tubes were also used for the guest room furniture, while an orange-colored safety net serves as a bedhead. Plungers serve as coat hooks, while beer crates serve as stools.
The property also made use of printed wallpaper made of daily newspapers – such as the Hamburger Morgenpost, Hamburger Abendblatt, Welt, and the Zeit – allowing guests to read about Hamburg in the original newspaper articles.