Steigenberger Europäischer Hof Baden-Baden – Bost Interior Design creates first show room
Construction works on the Luise Wing making progress.
Baden-Baden, 22 October 2018 – the conversion programme at the Steigenberger Europäischer Hof has reached its next important milestone as work to create a show room in the traditional part of the building is completed. Tassilo Bost, Senior Director of Interior Design at Bost Interior Design GmbH & Co. KG, is leading a team which will develop a concept for around 78 rooms and suites in the old section of the hotel as well as taking charge of works in all the public areas. Meanwhile, the job of undertaking a comprehensive modernisation and renovation of the historic fabric of the complex and the project to reconstruct the Luise Wing are also continuing apace, in this case under the direction of the engineering company Bischof. Completion of the whole of the property and the reopening of the Steigenberger Europäischer Hof as a five-star luxury hotel are scheduled for 2020.
The best of both worlds – classic French chic rubs shoulders with modernity
Tassilo Bost expounds upon the particular nature of the design task he has taken on. “In historical terms, the Europäische Hof Baden-Baden was one of the most feudal hotels in Europe,” he explains. “But it has a special aura which is still very much discernible. This is comparable with a kind of huge bell that has been placed over the hotel and needs to be lifted in order to release the enormous potential of the building once more and bring about a successful future transformation.”
A six-person team headed up by Tassilo and Christina Bost has been deployed to tackle the project. Their initial thoughts and fragmentary drafts had their foundations in the hotel’s history and location. “Just like in a puzzle, these notions gave rise to the core idea for the concept,” continued Bost. This takes its inspiration from the grande hôtellerie that held sway from the turn of the twentieth century until into the 1920’s and from the French chic of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel.” The result is extremely impressive. Quality of materials, a feel-good atmosphere, stunning perspectives and surprising snap shots capturing a moment in time are in abundance everywhere. The approach adopted by Bost Interior Design for the Europäischer Hof encapsulates an equal symbiosis of life, work and relaxation. The aim was to focus both on contemporary taste and on the chic exuded by the classical Grand Hotels of the past. This is reflected across all the furnishing used, which displays round as well as angular shapes. The interior fixtures and fittings were conceived as a holistic stand-alone design for the Steigenberger Europäischer Hof Baden-Baden. Everything was manufactured in Europe, including the furniture itself and the decorative lighting.
Modernist design vocabulary meets history
“Greige” – a mixture of cool grey and warm beige – was chosen as the basic colour shade for the rooms. This provides the perfect backdrop for petrol-blue lamps with bronze feet, light beige armchairs with hand-made wooden structures, leather-covered bedside tables and small occasional tables with bronze legs. Stucco elements decorate the walls and ceiling. This is Bost’s own design and once again achieves a perfect combination by pairing up a classical-style plaster rose with an ultra-modern light fitting whilst still presenting a note of playfulness. A metallic bronze hue, which was popular across various epochs and has returned to favour today, has been used for the lamps, tables, decorative elements and mouldings. French herringbone parquet flooring in real wood which has been oiled and waxed provides a further reference to the grande hôtellerie style. After all, there was a reason why the Europäischer Hof previously bore the name “Hotel L’Europe”.
A homage to Coco Chanel, an icon of style
The bathroom sticks to high-end shades of black and white. The wash stand has been upgraded via the use of glossy surfaces. Although the tap ware exhibits a certain classical appearance, everything has been slimmed down in order to suggest the here and now. An Italian glass mosaic embellishes the shower. Porcelain, granite and marble are in evidence throughout the bathroom, whilst a round mirror pays tribute to the fin de siècle period. Mirrors have also been attached to the interior and exterior of the door, albeit pierced by a fine varnished woven grid to break up the otherwise classical structure. This design can be found within the room itself too, such as on the wardrobe. “Like a window, this structure enables the guest to look in and out,” explains Tassilo Bost. The desk is more reminiscent of a lady’s vanity table. This is one reason why a pouffe has been selected rather than a simple chair and also justifies the presence of a separate make-up mirror. Future guests will be able to enjoy a good night’s rest on a 60-centimetre high top quality box spring bed. High-end decorative cushions by Christian Lacroix add a dash of colour.
Martin Buchli, the developer and Managing Director of the Swiss-based property company Beresina Immobilien AG Chur, was enthused by the presentation of the first show room. “We are absolutely delighted that we were able to secure the services of Bost Interior Design for the Europäischer Hof Baden-Baden. This is a company that has many years of experience in national and international hotel projects. The team has interwoven various styles to produce a sophisticated ensemble of colour and form. We are exceptionally pleased with the dedicated designs that have been drawn up for this purpose.”
Thomas Willms, CEO of Steigenberger Hotels AG, was also highly impressed with the show room. “The room design is a perfect match for the taste of the target group that we are seeking to attract to the Europäischer Hof Baden-Baden, our new “Modern Grand Hotel”, in future. These will be both international and national guests who appreciate an up-to-date and luxurious atmosphere.” When the Europäischer Hof Baden-Baden reopens, its status as the company’s original founding hotel will reinforce its outstanding position within the Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts portfolio.
Reconstruction of the Luise Wing is making progress
Reconstruction of the Luise Wing has been delayed because of the challenging and highly complex groundwater conditions presented by the River Oosbach and the Rotenbach Canal, both of which run nearby. Extensive additional works to seal the excavation trench were initially needed in order to resolve this problem. Over the past few months, however, the foundation slabs for the Luise Wing have been poured. The cellar has also been completed. The ground floor, which will later house shops, and the first storey have now been built out. Work on the second storey is ongoing, meaning that half of the structure is already standing. A further two floors and the rooftop of the new building will be finished by the end of the year. The plan is that the topping-out ceremony for the new Luise Wing will take place at the end of January 2019.
About Deutsche Hospitality
Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts is a Deutsche Hospitality brand. It represents the epitome of luxury and perfect hospitality. Visitors can choose from historic hotels rich in tradition, lively city residences and health and beauty oases at the very heart of nature. The portfolio encompasses 60 hotels in eleven countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. Deutsche Hospitality operates three further brands. MAXX by Steigenberger is a new and charismatic concept which places the focus on the essential in accordance with its motto “MAXXimize your stay”. Jaz in the City branded hotels reflect the metropolitan lifestyle and draw upon the local music and cultural scene. And IntercityHotel offers more 40 upper mid-range urban hotels, all of which are located within easy walking distance of railway stations or airports.
About the Europäischer Hof Baden-Baden
The Europäischer Hof’s close links with the spa town of Baden-Baden date back for 176 years. When all construction, conversion and renovation works are completed by 2020, Baden-Baden will boast a luxury hotel of international renown which brings together tradition and modernity at the very highest level. Martin Buchli, who was born in Chur in Switzerland, can look back at more than 20 years in the international hotel property business. He is the sole Managing Director of the Mainz-based company Europäischer Hof Kaiserallee Immobilien 1 GmbH & Co KG, which has lead responsibility for the construction project.
About Bost Interior Design GmbH & Co.KG
Bost Interior Design was established in Berlin 16 years ago and mainly specialises in hotel architecture and design. The company’s interdisciplinary team offers services to international hotels in the fields of consultancy, design and project implementation and has already won countless awards. These include the 2018 German Design Award 2018, the 2017 Architecture Award and the 2017 Prix Versailles – The World Architecture Award. The Westin Hotel Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and the Hotel Am Steinplatz - Autograph by Marriott in Berlin are just two of the five-star hotel projects in which the company has been involved. Examples of current projects are the Grand Hotel The Wiltcher’s in Brussels and the Schlosshotel Fuschl near Salzburg.