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Hotel Kempinski

Location

Munich, Germany

Completion Date

1994

Client

Flughafen Munchen GmbH

Architect

Murphy/Jahn

Categories

>Civic Landscapes

The Hotel Kimpinski garden design is composed of multiple overlapping and contrasting grids intended to be experienced from the ground as well as viewed from above.  Patterns of low boxwood hedges, colored gravels, columnar oaks, and lawn articulate the complex layers. When standing in the garden, observers understand the space according to their particular vantage points since the intersecting orthogonal geometries are not registered architecturally. Views from above the patterns become intelligible and thus lively. Large glass cabinets filled with pots of artificial geraniums move diagonally through the interior spaces, while abstracted geometric "trees" forest the shimmering space and a line of lighted glass blocks provide a "stream". The various grids meet at the hotel bar in the midst of a circle of artificial palm trees.

Consultants

Engineers: Ove Arup & Partners