KEC Architects, Werner Aisslinger design 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin

25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin has opened in Berlin’s City West, across Breitscheidplatz, and near shopping and retail street Kurfürstendamm (Ku’damm), Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche (Memorial Church) and Berlin’s Zoo.

Bikini Berlin, formerly known as Zoobogen, is a listed building-ensemble constructed between1955 to 1957. It is an architectural example of post-war modernism in the western part of Berlin. Under its new identity, this historical building complex will have offices, retail spaces, and a 25hours hotel with a total developed area of 97,000 square meters.

25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin is the first Berlin property from hotel group 25hours. Located in a 10-story high-rise building, the hotel sits among a collection of 1950s-era historic buildings, including the Zoopalast cinema and the Bikinihaus, a post-war architectural icon by Paul Schwebes and Hans Schoszberger.

The Bikini Berlin project – including the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin building – was coordinated by local architecture firm KEC Architects. In developing the design, KEC Architects considered the requirements of historical preservation, while at the same time creating a modern commercial and residential space. The interior designs were by Werner Aisslinger of Studio Aisslinger.

The interior of the hotel boasts an “urban jungle” concept orchestrated by local designer Werner Aisslinger. Of the 149 rooms, half face the zoo and follow a “jungle” design scheme, with warm colors, natural materials and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer direct views of the monkey enclosure. In contrast, rooms facing the city center have a rougher, edgier feel.

One of the cornerstones of the project is 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin’s rooftop bar and restaurant, with its open design and 360-degree view. Seen on one side are the green expanses of Tiergarten Park and the animals in the Berlin Zoo, while on the other, the Breitscheidplatz and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

Hotel Bikini’s “living room”-style lobby has a working corner, bakery, and Berlin-style lounge complete with DJ. There is also a fresh-air sauna on the ninth floor, offering a direct view of the zoo’s monkey house. On the tenth floor, there is a 1,000-square meter (10,764 square foot) rooftop restaurant and bar. For events, there are three in-house meeting facilities.


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