25HOURS HOTEL BIKINI BERLIN
Budapester Str. 40
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Architecture: KEC Architects
Design: Werner Aisslinger, Studio Aisslinger
The innovative Bikini Berlin project – including the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin building – is being coordinated by local architecture firm KEC Architects. In developing their design, KEC Architects considered the requirements of historical preservation while at the same time creating a progressive, modern commercial and residential space for today’s Berliners. The hotel in particular was designed with the same level of care that goes into all 25hours properties.
The original buildings in the Bikini Berlin complex were constructed between 1955 and 1957 as part of West Berlin’s post-war modernist architectural vanguard, emphasizing freedom, dynamism, lifestyle and consumerism. At the center was the “Bikinihaus” structure by Paul Schwebes and Hans Schoszberger, a long, flat central building with an open-sided second floor. Alongside it was a 10-story high rise used as an office building – now home to 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin.
The hotel is distinguished by its “urban jungle” theme, conceptualized by Werner Aisslinger. Half of the 149 rooms overlook the monkey and elephant enclosures in the Berlin Zoo and follow a warmer design scheme, with natural materials and colors. The other half overlook the urban landmarks of City West: Breitscheidplatz, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (with architect Egon Eiermann’s new addition) and the famous Kurfürstendamm. The design in these rooms is a rougher and edgier in tribute to the city’s raw, creative side. For business events, three in-house meeting facilities were designed with the same duality in mind.
Hotel Bikini’s “living room”-style lobby – with a working corner, bakery (a collaboration with local bread makers Soluna) and Berlin-style lounge complete with DJ – ensures visitors are introduced to the best of the city the moment they enter. The fresh-air sauna on the ninth floor offers a direct view of the zoo’s monkey house for a truly natural experience. And to witness City West’s “urban jungle” duality at its finest, hotel guests and locals alike can head to the tenth floor, where the 1000-sqm rooftop restaurant and bar serves Middle Eastern-style cuisine and premium cocktails along with a 360-degree view of Berlin.