Dutch design firm concrete reflects Munich's one-of-a-kind culture with the city's first Andaz property.
The Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor, the first Andaz hotel in Germany, has opened its doors. The property is in a progressive new district under development by the hotel’s owner, Jost Hurler Group. Guided by the motto “Talent. Sharing. Tolerance.”, Schwabinger Tor is an outgrowth of the Schwabing neighborhood historically known for artists, intellectuals and bohemians. Proving that Munich is much more than an Oktobefest destination, the Andaz plays its part in expressing the evolving spirit of this cosmopolitan city.
With 234 rooms and 43 suites, as well as two bars, two restaurants and a spa, no dirndls or heavy wood carvings are anywhere in sight in the crisp, light-filled design by architecture and interiors studio concrete (Netherlands). Rob Wagemans, creative director and founder, concrete, says the hotel “reflects like a kaleidoscope the modern culture of Munich: a mix of tradition, technology and contemporary art."
The Andaz Munich also offers more than 21,500 sq. ft. of event space; photography courtesy of wouter van der sar for concrete
Exploring the contrast between history and modernity, the design team translated the traditional colors and patterns of the region into contemporary motifs. Inspired by the Bavarian flag, a diamond-shaped ceiling treatment is made from interwoven inlays of rough timber and high-gloss anodized metal. Running across the public areas, it visually draws guests together to form a multipurpose space to meet and mingle. Details such as deer horn buttons on cushions recall typical clothing styles, and a “golden pretzel” metal chair in the lobby is a magnet for those social media snaps.
The dramatic lobby ceiling features a treatment inspired by the Bavarian flag; photography courtesy of wouter van der sar for concrete
The ceiling treatment visually draws guests toward intimate gathering points to relax, mix and mingle; photography courtesy of wouter van der sar for concrete
The lobby’s lounge and bar make a bold impression with a constellation of twinkling glass “bubbles” and 23-foot-high video screens with local art director Yves Peitzner’s depiction of Munich’s skyline over 365 days. The sky bar M’Uniqo features plush materials with brass and petrol tones to complement the colors of the surrounding vista whether day or night. A mirrored ceiling reflects hundreds of bottles on the 16-foot-high bar’s back-lit shelves, forming an imposing impression.
Rooftop bar M'Uniqo offers incredible city and mountain views and features a mirrored ceiling; photography courtesy of wouter van der sar for concrete
Indulging guests’ carnivorous appetites is The Lonely Broccoli, a meat-oriented restaurant connected with the lounge via a glass wall that displays the venue’s collection of butcher cleavers. An open kitchen under an enormous steel and glass hood offers diners a culinary performance. Café M in the hotel’s annex opens to the outside on three sides in a picnic-like setting where staff are as welcome to dine as hotel guests and locals.
The Lonely Broccoli restaurant has a central open-plan kitchen; photography courtesy of wouter van der sar for concrete
Inspired by the rounded forms of the human body, concrete’s spa design sees spaces organically flow from one to the next with natural, soothing materials and palettes.
The spa design is inspired by the form of the human body; photography courtesy of wouter van der sar for concrete
The guestrooms and suites emulate modern lofts in which raw steel frames visually zone the space into bedroom, bathroom and living areas, thereby emphasizing panoramic views.
Guestroom; photography courtesy of wouter van der sar for concrete
Suite; photography courtesy of wouter van der sar for concrete
Of course, Bavaria is beloved for its beer, bretzels and bratwurst. And now, the combination of the Andaz brand and this intentional community equals a new brew for lifestyle living.