The SIDE 5-star hotel in Germany opened its doors in the heart of Hamburg on 26 April 2001, it is situated in the immediate vicinity of the opera house, theatres and shops, a main line train station, trade fair and business district.
More than three years were needed for the planning and construction of this impressive building. Jan Störmer Partner submitted the contract-winning plans in response to international competition in September 1997. The architects concept convinced the jury.
Two interlinked buildings, a massive stone spine supports and towers over an eight-storey laminated glass construction. The building’s facade of laminated glass and natural stone with integrated lighting features, blends harmoniously into its urban surroundings.
The laminated glass atrium at the centre of the hotel rises to a height of 30 metres. Impressive and expressive, the heart of the hotel reveals itself as a place without parallels: the trapezoidal floor plan and a glass facade tilting at an angle of 3° create a spatial tension, an irritation which briefly stops you in your tracks. Space and light in relation to one another, this is the concept which essentially shapes the heart of the hotel and makes the SIDE a sensual location for the urban generation of today. Robert Wilsons creative lighting (computer assisted light impulses) modify the space throughout the day and night by varying the intensity of colour as the day turns into night.
178 rooms are designed by designer Matteo Thun in five different categories: minimalist in style, yet welcoming, comfortable and with a personal touch. The ten “flying” suites on the 10th and 11th floors are all designed in white.
A further highlight of the hotel is the lounge on the 8th floor, high above the roofs of Hamburg. It gives onto two unusual views: outside over the port and the Alster lake; inside, 25 metres down into the atrium. The exposed situation of the roof terrace is a perfect venue for summer parties and events.
On the ground floor, the bar and fusion, the restaurant, serve as a meeting place for hotel residences and guests alike. The bar, resplendent in provocative red, is a place to “see and be seen”. In the restaurant the cooking unites eastern and western spices.
Three variable function rooms, arranged around the atrium on the open gallery of the first floor, offer space for up to 300 people. The ballroom, large enough to accommodate 200 people for celebrations or conferences, is to be found one floor beneath the ground, yet still receiving daylight from a light shoot.
The pool, beauty and fitness areas are lively in a host of colours. This is where hotel guests come to unwind and indulge in a little body care and pampering. A superior selection of wellness options, including jacuzzi, steam bath and massage, beckons with the promise of relaxation.
Architect: Störmer Murphy and Partners GbR