Park Plaza — Nuremberg, Germany
Within a rationale architectural envelope, the London office of Scott Brownrigg created a design narrative for the Park Plaza Nuremberg that references this northern Bavarian city’s most famous son, the Renaissance artist and theorist Albrecht Dürer.
The rhombohedron in Dürer’s highly symbolic engraving, Melencolia I, is realised in pendant light fittings and side tables, while his Celestial Sky work inspires chandeliers and etchings in glass panels. Elsewhere, a 3-D wall-mounted wire sculpture by Croatian Ivan Skvrce has reimagined Dürer’s scaly rhinoceros.
The history of the building is not forgotten; the BA Beef Club recalls the Bavarian American Club from the post-war years when the US military were stationed here. Chef Frank Heller prepares truly excellent US tenderloin and Hanger steaks accompanied by American jazz in this 28-cover restaurant. The hotel’s main restaurant, Travertine, references its original black and white stone floor beneath six-metre high ceilings.
Dusty pink, burnt orange, accents of burnished brass and gold along with crushed grey velvet up the cosy factor making this 177-room hotel extremely liveable.