• Germany's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Munich to get 'Tetris cube' hotel

The Local · 23 Apr 2014, 14:27

Published: 23 Apr 2014 14:27 GMT+02:00

Work is set to begin on Hotel Königshof on Karlsplatz in central Munich from the end of 2017 and it is expected to last two years, joint owners, brothers Carl, Michael and Stephan Geisel, in a statement on Wednesday.

The luxury hotel will be built on the site of the existing post-war Hotel Königshof, which is set to be demolished. And judging by architectural plans and artists impressions, the building may yet prove divisive among city residents.

Designed by Spanish architect Nieto Sobejano, the plans show a nine-storey building with large windows and viewing platforms. A gap runs down the middle of the box-like structure allowing foot passengers to walk through the building.

This gap, which has earned the hotel the comparison with the block-stacking game Tetris, will house the entrances to the lobby and reception.

The 95-room hotel will also be home to a rooftop restaurant with panoramic views of the city, and a spa. The owners said they were looking into allowing non-guests and visitors partial access to the building. 

SEE ALSO: Munich unveils nudist bathing spots 

For more news from Germany, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
World Jewish Congress slams YouTube over neo-Nazi videos
Photo: DPA.

The World Jewish Congress on Monday accused the German unit of YouTube of failing to stop neo-Nazis from using the online video channel to distribute thousands of anti-Semitic tracks.

Officials 'tried to erase rape' from Cologne NYE report
Cologne central station. Photo: DPA

A high-ranking police officer has alleged that his seniors tried to strike the word rape from an internal police report after the mass sexual assaults in Cologne over New Year.

Couple who imprisoned woman 'admit to 2nd murder'
The farmhouse in Höxter where investigators say a couple imprisoned a woman. Photo: DPA.

A couple in Lower Saxony who are believed to have imprisoned a woman in their farmhouse for weeks before her death, have admitted to another murder.

The Local List
The 6 German words you need to know for spring
You might find a few of these guys enjoying the sun in your friend's Schrebergarten. Photo: DPA.

With May 1st now over and the sun finally coming out, The Local looks at essential German words for describing your spring fever (Frühlingsgefühl).

Autobahn wurst war leads to drivers being fed over a fence
Sausage served through the fence. Photo: DPA

It's Germany’s oldest roadside service stop, but a bizarre fight with authorities means one roadside food stand now serves customers their sausages over a metal fence.

Greenpeace: Leaked TTIP papers show 'threat' to EU
Anti-TTIP demonstrators. Photo: DPA

Greenpeace charged on Monday that a massive US-EU trade deal would place corporate interests above the environment and consumer safety, as it released classified documents from the negotiations.

Fare dodger on trial for trying to kill S-Bahn ticket controller
Photo: DPA.

A Berlin man is on trial for reportedly taking his dislike for public transit ticket controllers to an extreme level.

Berlin airport scandal: Probe into possible poison attack
Berlin Brandenburg Airport. Photo: DPA

Berlin's new airport has been blighted by delays and corruption. Now the farce has taken a darker turn, as police investigate the possible attempted poisoning of a whistleblower.

'More cameras than flying stones' at Berlin May Day
Police in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Photo: DPA

Berlin is a traditional hot spot of trouble during Labour Day demonstrations on May 1st. But the situation remained relatively calm this year with only a short outbreak of violence from the far left.

Israel ‘exploiting’ German friendship: govt insider
Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: DPA

A leading member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) has accused Israel of exploiting German friendship, as Spiegel claimed Berlin is becoming ‘sceptical’ about its relationship with the Jewish state.

Sponsored Article
What's the best way for expats to transfer money abroad?
Culture
The 6 German words you need to know for spring
Sponsored Article
Becoming an expat: where to start
Culture
6 weird and wonderful ways Germans celebrate May 1st
Gallery
Feast your eyes on Germany in springtime bloom
Sponsored Article
How to launch your international career
National
4/20: Five things to know about weed in Germany
Berlin
Police break up hipster swarm at vegan restaurant opening
Politics
Merkel allows Erdogan case against German satirist to go ahead
Travel
7 of Germany's most jaw-dropping national parks
Hamburg
Gay penguins move to Hamburg to settle down
Business & Money
See-through €5 coin has collectors lining up
Health
Vegan hemp powder recalled over fear toddlers getting high
International
6 ways Mexico and Germany are secretly the best of friends
Munich
Drunk man falls onto tracks, 3 trains pass before anyone notices
Culture
The 7 most German things that happened at the 'German Grammys'
National
Could Germany ban diesel cars from city centres?
Travel
Eight things you never knew about the German Autobahn
Society
Police force naked driver to trek to brothel on foot
National
Bavarian town finally strips Hitler of honorary citizenship
Society
Brandenburg faces wrath of Flying Spaghetti Monster
International
German retiree 'fed to dog' by Russian wife in Mallorca
National
Ordinary Germans toast love online in face of Brussels bombings
National
Germany calls for "strength in unity" after Brussels bombings
7,817
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd