plasma studio – Hotel Puerta América, Madrid, 2005/2006
More than virtually any other type of building, hotels are characterised by the linear repetition of identical units. The architects at Plasma Studio overcame this stereotypical symmetry by breaking up the surfaces of corridors and rooms with geometrical shapes which create a completely new sense of space.
Architectc: Eva Castro, Holger Kehne
Project team: Anneli Giencke, Christian Täubert
MUELLER KNEER ASSOCIATES – The Cotton House, Manchester, 2003/2004 en
This luxurious bar and restaurant is located in a listed Victorian warehouse in the heart of Manchester. The area is the first destination for many visitors to the city and has been the focus of a public and private investment and reconstruction programme aimed at radically rejuvenating the inner city.
Architects: Olaf Kneer, Marianne Müller
Project team: Yacira Blanco
Meuser Architekten – German, British and French Embassies, Astana, 2004–2008
The three European embassies have moved into a pre-existing office block in Astana, a city which only became the capital of Kazakhstan in 1997. The architects created a concept for the space, organised all three renovations according to the varying requirements of each country, heightened security standards, and coordinated the three moves from the old embassies. Only limited aesthetic changes were possible.
Architects: Philipp Meuser
Project team: Martin Spielau, Andreas Ullrich, Miriam Weber, Elena Boyko