5 reasons to visit Berlin NOW
As invitees by Whirlpool to the recent IFA 2015 show in Berlin, the EKBB team were taken on a 'Life in a Day' 24 hour trip around the city. Always somewhere with a large dose of style inspiration, there was a full day and night of activities planned, including a boat trip down the River Spree, dinner at the top of the Reichstag and an overnight in one of Berlin's hippest new hotspots The N'how hotel. Inspired by the trip, we've returned brimming over with design ideas to take home from this fiercely fascinating and fashionable city.
So without further ado, here are five reasons to be inspired by the city now...
- The Berlin 'look'
If you are loving the new industrial look coming through in interiors now, Berlin is definitely the city for you. Here's a city where pretty meets gritty – look one way and there are beautiful rows of baroque architecture in pretty pastel colours; look the other and you will see a post-war high-rise decorated with colourful graffiti. Some of the best places to style spot on the streets are the fashionable areas of Mitte (dark, modern, minimal and all a bit undone) and Kreuzberg where trendy bars and clubs sit alongside beautiful residential buildings; it's all very shabby chic. Walk anywhere around the city and you will soak it in.
- David Chipperfield & The Neues Museum
Think crumbling walls and exposed plasterwork in a beautiful shell of a building, this is awe-inspiring architecture. The whole ethos of British architect David Chipperfield's work at the Neues is conservation rather than reconstruction, and even though the initial project came up against opposition it went on to be shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize. Originally designed by Friedrich August Stüler and built in the mid 19th Century, it houses the archaeological collections of the original Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, the Museum of Pre- and Early History, as well as works from the Collection of Classical Antiquities. Even if you're not interested in antiquities a visit here is a must.
- The Reichstag
Another British architect to make an indelible stamp on the landscape of the city is Norman Foster. His glass dome with its spiral walkway, which is constructed on top of the government building, is not only one of the best places to experience panoramic Berlin, it is also a wonderful space to simply take in and appreciate. Just make sure to book in advance and also to bring your passport along when you go, as they check everyone off on the way in. The effort is worth it.
- The nHOw hotel and the new Media-Spree area
Flamboyant New York interior designer Karim Rashid has been allowed free rein at the new nHow hotel in the evolving Media-Spree area of the city, and for concept alone it is worth popping in for a drink at the bar to take in the interiors. With its pink pod-like chairs and futuristic Mod-like curved bar and entertainment area, the whole place feels a little bit like a highly polished 1950s Jetsons filmset, but the fact that the bar area flows nicely to a terrace onto the riverside where you can enjoy great cocktails and live music nightly, retains the Berlin feel.
- The Jewish Museum
Back to fascinating buildings (Berlin has so many!), another post-modern architectural gem is Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum. With no right angles in the building, this dizzying yet fascinating and heart-wrenching museum covers 14 historical periods of Jewish-German relations over the past 2,000 years. Deconstructivism at its extreme.
Pictured from top to bottom left to right: Streets of Mitte; nHOw hotel; Jewish museum
Article by: EKBB