Schiltach, June 2018. A building like a sculpture: That is The Fontenay, Hamburg’s top address in the luxury hotel industry. For eighteen years, the Hanseatic city had no hotel in the five star Superior category to offer. Now it’s time once again. This winter, the exclusive new building will open in the posh district of Rotherbaum, equipped with faucets and showers by AXOR.
AXOR ON THE ALSTER
Those who refresh themselves in the bathrooms outfitted by AXOR can enjoy the “essence of luxury.” The Italian designer Antonio Citterio titled his collection AXOR Citterio E, with the E for essence. Soft shapes, precise edges, and slender, rounded faucet handles are the characteristics of the design, high-quality workmanship, and an archetypal feel the quality of the faucets and showers. The unique combination convinced the interior design team of Aukett + Heese GmbH Berlin. AXOR Citterio E was also the first choice for Thies Sponholz, Managing Director of the hotel: “We chose AXOR’s products because, in addition to their outstanding quality, they offer the opportunity to design both the construction and the surface with their Signature and FinishPlus services. Became the guiding surface for many metal details in the rooms and public areas of The Fontenay.
CHIC AND URBAN
AXOR has coated all the faucets with particularly resistant PVD surfaces in brushed nickel. The warm, metal tone blends harmoniously into the bathrooms lined with light, natural sandstone. Above the sinks, AXOR Citterio E 2-hole wall faucets are installed. The interior designers have chosen the AXOR Citterio E shower set for the showers. As a Milan native, Antonio Citterio was inspired by the modern life of the metropolis in this collection. The metropolis on the Elbe, which likes to call itself the gateway to the world, is a perfect match for this urban chic.
The house is named after the American shipping agent and merchant John Fontenay, who acquired the property on the Outer Alster Lake in the 19th century. He’s also the name giver of the current hotel address: Fontenay 10. From the gourmet restaurant on the top floor to the spacious park, The Fontenay leaves nothing to be desired – including spectacular sunrises, as the majority of the 131 rooms and suites offer a magnificent view over the Outer Alster to the skyline of the city of Hamburg.
The hotel already caused a sensation during its presentation. Star architect Jan Störmer of the Hamburg office Störmer, Murphy and Partners is responsible for the architecture. The building, dubbed a “modern classic,” meanders through its 18,000 square meter area in three interlocking circles. The heart of the imposing building is a glassed-in, tree-dotted inner courtyard, as well as the nearly three meter-high foyer. The 198 discs on the walls, which vary slightly in color and are equipped with LED strips, create changing light scenarios.
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