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Hotel Grenzfall, Germany

Karl Weissenberger

Located directly near the 'Berlin Wall Documentary Centre' and the 'Berlin Wall Memorial', the project includes the refurbishment of an old 8-storey-building from the 1970s to a hotel, two new entrance-buildings and a bistro along the Ackerstrasse in Berlin-Mitte.

The idea was to build a front garden wall in front of the existing building from the 1970s out of copper. The new entrance buildings and the bistro unfold themselves out of this small wall.

The bistro serves the tourists who are visiting the Berlin Wall Memorial.  The one new entrance building provides the hotel, which is inside the existing building, with a great reception hall.  The second entrance is for the hotel restaurant.

The existing building has been totally reconstructed and is now containing a 38-room 3-star-hotel.

The bistro and the two new entrance buildings are constructed as prefabricated massiv wood panels and are covered with insulation which is cladded with TECU-Classic-Copper rhombes.  The material connects the project with the Corten-Steel-Wall of the Berlin-Wall-Memorial.

Inside the buildings the wood panels are visible. The windows  have been constructed as aluminium structures. Also the small walls are clad with copper and can be used as benches.

To avoid gaps between the copper plates we developed a fold technique with the construction company. The copper plates are used like a chain armour for the wooden building, it is wrapped with copper.

 

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Building

Owner: 
Hotel Grenzfall GmbH
Completion date: 
2010
Country: 
Germany
Zip code: 
13355
City: 
Berlin
Street: 
Ackerstrasse 136/137
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Facades/fascia
Facades/shingle
Prefabricated
Type of building: 
Commercial, trading
Hotels, accommodation
Restaurants
Copper used: 
Classic

Architect

Name, office: 
Steiner Weissenberger Architekten
Address & description: 
Hagelberger Strasse 53-54, 10965 Berlin, Germany

Copper contractors

Title: 
Ness Bauklempnerei GmbH
Address & description: 
Straße 199 Nr. 51, D-13127 Berlin, Germany

Awards

Season: 
2011

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