The neoclassical building that now houses the Das Stue hotel was designed by the architect Johann Emil Schaudt (1871-1957) in the 30s of the last century. The elegance of the work is characterized by its convex facade, following the arch of the avenue. In those years it housed the embassy of Denmark, then after the Second World War it was used as a consulate and residence of the Danish military sent in diplomatic representation to Germany. Between 1978 and 1987 the building was unused and was later used first by the Deutsche Post and then by Deutsche Telekom as an academy for executives.
The old building has been completely renovated and extended with an extension behind the main building, designed by Potsdam architect Axthelm Annette which completes the impressive fusion between the old and the new. The extension in the backyard has been designed with an innovative concrete surface covered with a historic flower pattern, offering an elegant counterpoint to the rough stone facade of the main structure.
Patricia Urquiola has directed the decoration of the hotel and as she says "When I first visited Das Stue, I was attracted to the zoo's ostriches and found this exceptional environment. I had the vision of a luxury house in mind that combines the old neoclassical architecture with the contemporary one.
Patricia Urquiola plays with parquet floor patterns and natural materials, such as wood and copper, combining these with a subtle retro style and colorful rugs to improve mood. She pampers guests with a collection of chairs, sofas and cushions placed in order to create a cozy atmosphere, inviting guests to stay a little longer.
The guest rooms are designed with a modern style of straight lines, the large windows offer rich lighting. The warmth of the wooden floors and the combination of warm colors make the rooms very natural and cozy.
High-quality materials have been used in the dining area of the restaurant to create an ambiance of restrained luxury in front of the Berlin zoo. In the area connected to the "live cooking", guests can sit under a sculpture made with copper pots. She says: "This extraordinary location offers guests the feeling of sitting in a sophisticated pantry." In contrast, the dining room has large windows during the day that flood the room with natural light, radiant colors and a striking design.
And the spa-like amenities can not be missing in a luxury hotel such as the Das Stue, indoor pool and sauna so that guests can relax after a hard day of sightseeing tour of the great city of Berlin.