At Steigenberger's flagship hotel in Hamburg, JOI-Design was briefed to redesign a large restaurant into a multi-function space that retained a fine dining ambiance. In doing so, the designers harnessed the property's spectacular location and created a stylish establishment where the interior design flows effortlessly with the external surroundings.
Situated on an island in one of downtown Hamburg's many picturesque canals, the Steinberger
Hotel is surrounded with scenic water-level views of passing tour boats and yachts. Thus the restaurant's inspiration became â€œthe perfect waveâ€ as expressed through the simple elegance of the Calla Lily, since the petals' shape emulates the smooth undulations of the surrounding tides.
The pure cream-and-white colour palette creates a sublime sense of serenity, while the textured stucco sculptures gracing the walls add a nuanced contrast. When gently backlit the sculptures take on an ethereal glow and when inset, their ebbed patterns are drawn out by down lights. The shape of the waves can also be found through the gold-plated banana tree leaves scattered at the base of these wall insets. Their metallic surface subtly casts sparkles of light, which, along with the halogen wall-washers, are reminiscent of the glints of sunlight bouncing off the nearby water.
The Calla Lily's shape also proved an elegant solution for the space plan as the adoption of its lines creates a free-flowing traffic pattern through the restaurant's centre to contribute an important see-and-be-seen theatrical element. The layout also provides for a variety of events by integrating translucent draw curtains that can be reconfigured to form a breakfast buffet room, a conference breakout area, or a prefunction space. The restaurant itself can be divided into two parts by a well-disguised curved wall, allowing for additional flexibility with private parties. With thoughtfully planned spaces and clean sculptural finishes, Restaurant Calla exemplifies modern sophistication.
JOI-Design GmbH Interior Architects
JOI-Design is a leading interior design studio in Europe, specialized in Hotels, Restaurants and SPAs. <br />There are about 40 employees in the studio, mainly interior designers, but also architects, engineers and decorators.<br />The scope of works includes besides the interior design as well as the detail drawings, tender packages and site supervision, so JOI-Design starts usually from the concept design for a hotel, including functional layouts, and it leads until the final snagging and the graphics of signage and china ware in a hotel.<br />But JOI-Design is purely a service company, not a commercial or contracting company, so JOI-Design is always representing the interests of the investor and the operator.<br />JOI-Design has official registered branch offices in Dubai and Zurich both with little activity at the moment.<br />The activities of the office are not limited to a region, and JOI-Design recently did projects from Moscow to South America, but concentrates very much on Germany and Central Europe in the moment.<br />Currently JOI-Design is working on approximately 20 major hotel projects, like: Hilton Frankfurt Airport, Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport, Robinson Club Castelfalfi Tuscany, Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg City, Steigenberger Hotel Kaiserbad Heringsdorf Usedom, Dolce Hotel Munich, Le Meridien Parkhotel Frankfurt, Le Meridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg, TUI Hotel Kaluga/ Russia, Radisson Blu Hotel Hamburg Airport, Grand Hotel Wien, Hotel Gendarm nouveau Berlin, Alvisse Parkhotel Luxembourg and of course many new developments, which cannot yet be named.<br />