Hotel Concorde - Augsburger Strasse 41 , Berlin

Kleihues and Kleihues
Date Built
2002 - 2005
At the corner of Augsburger Strasse and Joachimstaler Strasse
The 5-star Hotel Concorde is located close to the fashionable Ku'damm in Berlin's west end.  The building has more than a passing resemblance to the New York style skyscrapers and face-on it looks like a flat-iron building that is spreading its wings.  The hotel says of itself that, "Architecture, art and interior design are all woven together in the interiors of the Hotel Concorde Berlin, with the modern, linear architecture forming a perfect setting for exhibiting the hotel's prestigious collection of contemporary art. Public areas are filled with striking contemporary paintings and sculptures, while the guest rooms and suites feature a series of modern art prints.  Jan Kleihues was responsible for the exterior and interior of the building, with its warm colours and elegant décor, and he even designed the furniture. The public areas - lobby, reception, restaurants and other areas - are all decorated with warm timber tones, accentuated by the deep red of the upholstery and carpets. The furniture is all custom-made from American chestnut, and there is sophisticated lighting throughout, most notably in the spacious two-storey lobby, with its concealed lighting hidden in the silver-leaf covered ceiling."

The architect says that the original commision was to design a building that, "should have 311 hotel rooms and the usual hotel type of rooms for conferences, banquets, a bar and a restaurant. There should also be space for non-hotel operations, such as shops, a spa, six stories of rental offices and apartments."

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