Axor – Brand of choice for the Waldorf Astoria Berlin

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    In January, following a three-and-a-half year period of construction, the “Zoofenster” skyscraper, which has been the subject of much discussion, finally opened its doors in Berlin: the international luxury hotel chain Waldorf Astoria moved into the 118 m high tower, prominently located between the Zoo Station and the Memorial Church. The European flagship of New York’s legendary hotel takes up most of the 31 floors, which are also home to office areas and shops. The Abu Dhabi investors pooled around 200 million Euros for the new building. The architect was Christoph Mäckler, who is already famous for his “Lindencorso” (Unter den Linden) in Berlin, and the spectacular new “Opernturm” in Frankfurt. The style of his latest building in Berlin reflects a classically modern and timeless appearance with a light-coloured limestone façade. Inside, the luxury hotel’s 182 deluxe and superior rooms, as well as the 50 suites, reflect elegance and sophisticated interior décor. The Axor Citterio collection and the two-coloured marble in the bathrooms exhibit a sense of art deco. The collection is the result of a collaboration between Axor, the designer brand of Hansgrohe SE, and the Milanese architect and designer Antonio Citterio.

    Discreet luxury and lasting quality
    The bathroom collection, which made its début ten years ago, represents the ultimate in design and manufacturing quality. The precision-manufactured mixer reflects both quality and consistency. It’s not at all surprising that the tradition-steeped Waldorf Astoria, whose very name is associated with timeless luxury, has opted for mixers from the Black Forest.
    Indeed, in the hotel’s marble bathrooms, Axor Citterio carries on the hotel’s main theme of combining classic elegance with traditional references and modern comfort: interior décor and bathroom merge together seamlessly, while the bathroom collection imparts a sense of tranquillity and a hint of luxury in its use of water. Citterio’s finesse in combining completely smooth surfaces with curves, captures the precision and high-quality standards that are evident throughout the hotel. The manufacturing precision of the collection is consistent with the distinct dedication to high-quality detail that can be found at the Waldorf Astoria Berlin. For instance, in the Waldorf Astoria’s 1,000 square metre Guerlain Spa, lies a centrepiece pool clad in shimmering turquoise Bisazza mosaics, which is shaped like a cloud. Or in the hotel’s ballroom, which features wall lighting in the shape of a violin bow, and whose ceiling is adorned with an intricate starry sky. The fine wood and valuable materials used in the rooms also give the impression of being a guest at a classic grand hotel.

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    Daniel Fountain / 01.07.2013

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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