CollaboratorsJudy Hänel, Andrea Kraft, Britta Kleweken
With its dual concept between a hostel and a hotel the Superbude I in Hamburg attracts a broad-range target group. Its location in the centre of the hip district "Schanze" enables a surprisingly unconventional design.
Our task was to further develop and design the successful concept "Superbude". This included designing the "Buden", a colloquial word used for the rooms in this hotel, as well as the public areas such as the lobby, bar and shop etc. The hotel / hostel is in a listed building, once a Deutsche Post switching centre at the turn of the century. For this reason the staircases were restored true to the original.
The hotel guests enjoy a blend of straightforward hostel accommodation and the benefits of an ideally technically-equipped hotel.
Our aim was to design affordable furnishing for the Superbude and a reference to the port city Hamburg, to give it an authentic character as well as genuine and functional comfort for its guests. The principle of our design was to integrate typical local everyday items and materials and to give them a new function.
Its room occupancy can be adapted to meet requirements, each room being with its own bathroom and WC.
Apart from functioning as a classic hotel with double rooms, stackable beds designed by Rolf Heide maximize its capacity. Double rooms can be turned into 3- or 4- bed rooms with a flick of the wrist.
That way Superbude boasts space for up to 270 guests in 90 rooms.
The Kitchen Club serves as a breakfast area as well as a central meeting point for guests. A microwave and ovens are available for a quick low-budget lunch or dinner during your stay.
Our design solution:
An almost 50 metre long multi-functional wall made of yellow concrete formwork panels with rope patterns burnt into its surface characterises the ground floor area. All necessary functions have been incorporated into this wall - from refrigerators to the Internet station, the guest safes, benches, a water station with jugs, down to storage space for the hotel. The kitchen, buffet, bar and tables are made of red silkscreen panels, the counter top was faced with sheet copper.
Yellow formwork panels and scaffolding tubes were also used for the guest room furniture, an orange-coloured safety net serves as a bedhead. Plungers serve as coat hooks and beer crates as stools found their purpose in Superbude I as well, details such as ceiling lights, coat hangers and toilet paper holders were newly designed.
The printed wallpaper was made of daily newspapers such as the Hamburger Morgenpost, the Hamburger Abendblatt, the Welt and the Zeit. You can read about Hamburg in the original newspaper articles. That way, each guest can make his or her own impression on Hamburg and maybe even be inspired to take certain day trips. Each of the 90 Buden has a host. These are mostly Hamburg bands who have sprayed one of their text lines onto the wall and signed it.
In addition to the rooms, a suite was designed under the name Rockstar-Suite. A stage, under which is a lawn for up to six people to lie on, offers all opportunities for young bands with all the necessary technical equipment for a successful performance. In order carry the rope theme in the lobby and in the Buden bathrooms throughout the hotel corridors, a rope pattern was printed onto the carpet to accentuate the building's long and narrow shape.