How the 'urban jungle' inspired JOI-Design's interiors for Hyatt Place Frankfurt

Hamburg-based JOI-Design created the interiors for the Hyatt Place Frankfurt, the brand’s first property in Germany. The studio designed an “urban jungle” concept that uses natural materials and palettes to create a connection between the city and nature.

The 312-guestroom property is part of Gateway Gardens, a commercial development located at the former Rhein-Main Airbase.

JOI-Design was inspired by the neighboring parklands that emerged since the U.S. Air Force planted trees at the base decades ago. The lobby walls have round, framed patches of moss, while ropes strung between full-height circular frames divide the public areas. A suspended track projects light onto the ceiling.

The team created a lattice design as art behind the reception desk to reference the nearby airport. The criss-cross pattern is also echoed in the illuminated circular ceiling structure above a double-sided “island” that functions as a reception and as a bar for the lounge. On the reception side, assorted green, grey and white glass pendant lights hang from the frame, and at the bar, cowbell-shaped clear glass lights are suspended from leather straps.

The lounge has seating clusters in assorted styles and colors, with books and accessories displayed on dual-sided shelves that double as room dividers.

The studio rooms have minimalist set-up, coming with a luggage rack and golden pipes for hanging clothes. These use an earthy palette including taupe and cream. The rooms also have a round, multifunctional table suitable for working or eating; as well as a streamlined chaise longue.

To provide guests with a sense of the region, there are sketched maps all over the property. For example, the wallcovering in the bedrooms as well as in the meeting rooms has a series of framed maps that progressively depict sections of the shoreline from Mainz to Koblenz.

There are also white sculptures of parrots, which today can be seen flying between the Mainz and Wiesbaden parks following their migration to the city a century ago.

Photo credit: Simone Ahlers for JOI-Design