Stilwerk Hotel KantGaragen in Berlin, Germany
At the heart of Berlin’s Charlottenburg district, the stilwerk Hotel KantGaragen – one of two stilwerk hotels in Germany – recently opened its doors in the city’s only remaining multi-storey car park from the interwar period. The KantGaragen car park, now a listed building, was an architectural sensation when it was built in the 1930s in response to the growing number of cars in Berlin. It was constructed in the style of the New Objectivity and its revolutionary two-way spiral ramp remains the oldest surviving double helix of any multi-storey car park in Europe. The glass curtain wall – the only one of its kind – was also faithfully restored as part of the KantGaragen renovation and conversion project. The stilwerk showrooms, pop-up stores and exhibition spaces, as well as the new, adjacent stilwerk hotel, give a subtle nod to the history of the historic building and combine urban lifestyle with exclusive home design.
This is not the stilwerk group’s first foray into the city of Berlin – for more than 20 years, stilwerk Berlin-Charlottenburg has been synonymous with furnishing, home design and lifestyle with a wide variety of design objects. Now, this new location is taking shopping to a whole new level. “We consciously design showrooms. It’s not really about shopping per se, but about getting to know the products, experiencing design and pairing the whole experience with art and culture as well as gastronomy and hospitality,” explains centre manager Jörn Friedrichsen with an air of satisfaction. “We have created an entire universe, and that’s our statement: making design an immersive experience.”