Snapshot: While The Flushing Meadows Hotel & Bar was shaped from a 1970s industrial building by architects and owners Arnold/Werner, eleven of the rooms were designed in collaboration with eleven different creative personalities. Sitting along the iconic Isar River in Munich, the hotel’s namesake comes from the beautiful surrounding fields.
The 16-room hotel features something you can’t find just anywhere: a touch of personality in each room. The eleven suites were designed notable creative celebrities like Austrian actress & singer Birgit Minichmayr, musician Michi Beck, pro-surfer Quirin Rohleder, Helmut Geier (aka DJ Hell) and furniture designer Norbert Wangen. Though each room is different, they all share similar bright open spaces, concrete slabs in the ceiling, muted colors (though they range anywhere from white to gray to green and even magenta), and industrial furniture and lighting fixtures. Of course, the little touches that show the designer’s personality give each room a sense of character. For example: one makes use of a fishing net motif, a surfboard and other aquatic elements to create a nautical effect, while another has a classic touch to it, including vintage furniture pieces and decorations to the mix.
Going upstairs, you’ll find that the bar (and of course the five penthouse rooms) match the suites in that they share a fusion between industrial and Scandinavian influence in their elements of design. Aiming for a cozy atmosphere, the bar makes use of a darker palette than the suites, making it the perfect place to lounge on one of their velvet covered sofas. Lighting was orchestrated by the iconic Lebanese design firm, PSLAB, for a perfect finishing touch.
Keeping the original façade of the industrial building, The Flushing Meadows Hotel & Bar uses the buildings previous identity as a keystone in design, creating a personality for the Hotel that reflects its location and history. Owners / designers Sascha Arnold, Steffen Werner and Niels Jager offer us not only a place to stay in Munich, but also a place that “puts you on the very pulse of what is exciting in Munich."
Photography courtesy of Design Hotels