"I wanted my work to reflect the voice and the austerity of the building."
Patricia Urquiola

The virtuoso of interior design, Patricia Urquiola, created the look of all the hotel’s public areas. In the lounge, whimsical shapes and experimental use of colour, texture, and high-quality materials like copper abound. Many of the furnishings are her own designs; she curated other objects, like leather animals in the shape of rhinos, hippos and buffalo that humorously refer to the zoo (revellers in the bar might be surprised to see one of the ostriches looking right back at them). Behind the seating area, a trapezoidal bar has already become one of Berlin’s most elegant meeting points.

Back in the rooms and suites, guests can retreat to the spatial clarity and muted palette of spaces conceived by the Spanish architectural office LVG Arquitectura. All furnishings are bespoke; splashes of colour show up on textile accessories and photographs on the walls (selected by the owners); many of the rooms feature sliding walls for extra privacy or, conversely, a more expansive atmosphere.