Opening Shot: Dramatic Lines and Invigorating Color in Germany's Largest Port Town

Milan-based Matteo Thun teamed up with set designer Robert Wilson for an eye-popping revamp of The Side Hotel in Hamburg.

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Location: Hamburg

Designer: Matteo Thun

On offer: A refresh by Italian designer and architect Matteo Thun elevated the hotel’s modern spaces with its lavish use of color and strategic lighting choices by New York light choreographer Robert Wilson. Jan Störmer’s 2001 architectural design of two interlocking buildings—a green stone structure fronted by a glass wing—is the shell for a 90-foot-high atrium, 180 sun-soaked guest rooms, and a spa adorned in radiant hues of orange, green, and yellow. 

Standout features: The restaurant, appointed with Thun’s curvaceous furniture, turns out Argentine steaks dry-aged in an on-site ripening chamber; an 8th-floor terrace with views of the historic port hosts performances by prominent DJs like Markus Gardeweg and Tom Shark.

(Photos by: Brechenmacher and Baumann Photography)

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