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    Daniel Fountain
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    The Dolce Munich Unterschleissheim, a modern conference centre and hotel that weaves contemporary style with Bavarian culture has opened in Munich, Germany.As the Munich property is the first to be built from-the-ground-up with Dolce’s new design standards, JOI-Design helped to design brand’s ideology when creating the interiors.

    The design of the new Dolce Munich draws on both the masculine and feminine symbols of Bavarian culture.

    Upon entering the hotel lobby, guests are greeted by a life-sized sculpture of a cow.

    Natural materials such as the honey coloured oak of the reception desks, the hammered copper of cowbells hung above and the speckled terrazzo floor help create the ambience.

    Bridging the reception lobby with the conference area, high-sided sofas offer a degree of privacy during one-to-one breakout sessions. In front of the windows, a series of fabric panels screened with a meandering floral trellis allows sunlight to filter through.

    The opposite side of the reception lobby leads to the hotel’s lounge and bar, a contrast of rough and smooth textures in a colour palette derived from Bavaria’s natural environment.

    Various diameters of timber logs are assembled like a jigsaw puzzle inset within bronze panels, while a mosaic of tumbled stones forms a simple rectangular housing for the fireplace.

    Extending from one end of the bar area to the other is a communal table and stools carved from rough hewn oak.

    Adjacent to the bar is the gourmet restaurant Redox with white tablecloths, antler chandeliers and rich tones of light and dark stained oak, as well as a backlit ‘wine wall’.

    As the city’s main conference hotel, the Dolce Munich also features a large, all-day dining restaurant that seats up to 220 people.

    In the 255 guestrooms and suites, a neutral, earth-toned palette serves as a canvas for the spaces’ design accents. Stone cladding is used for the bathtubs and showers as well as for the saunas which are exclusive to the suites, while stone floor tiles are used in all room types.

    Dolce Munich

    Daniel Fountain / 24.05.2010

    Editor, Hotel Designs

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