Hotel Postpalais

Hotel Postpalais . Revitalised historic rooms for Berlin's guests

Year: 
2013
Type: 
Hotel
Services: 
Stage 1-5. HOAI
Size NFA/sqm: 
12000
Location: 
Berlin . Germany
Category: 
Preserving history

Pott Architects transformed the vacant listed building into a high quality hotel. Conserving its clear industrial character, it was successfully reintegrated into today's context. 21,000 square meters of ​​new space for Berlin's guests were created. With the revitalisation the project contributes to the unique diversity of Berlin's architectural landscape that is realised by functional integration of the historic building fabric.

The Postpalais emerged in the 30's as the most important post distribution centre of Berlin. The five-storey steel-framed building with a representative stone facade was designed by Kurt Kuhlow and Georg Werner. It is one of few remaining large buildings in Kreuzberg from this time and as such a protected monument. Following a radical transformation of its neighbourhood around Potsdamer Platz into the tourist centre of a capital, it is now situated in a completely different context and was temporarily vacant.

The building was modernised by Pott Architects and transformed into a contemporary hotel. The conversion enables functional reintegration into his new environment. Special attention was paid to the fine stone facade that defines the character and cultural value of the building. In detailed consultation with local authorities, it was carefully restored and shines in new splendour today. The preservation and accentuation of historical elements create a particular atmosphere of the hotel.

Pott Architects pursue a strategy of sustainable revitalisation of vacant buildings by modern redevelopment. This objective has been successfully achieved with the transformation of the Postfuhramt in Oranienburger Straße in Berlin and the former Kaiser Wilhelm Baths in Cologne.

Preserving history is, in our view, a process of restructuring, of creating a new experience of the old. Ask me about it.

Peter Buche . Project Architect