Architects Sascha Arnold and Steffen Werner are the driving force behind The Flushing Meadows Hotel & Bar, but while they are responsible for the Munich venue’s overall concept and layout, it’s the list of guest designers who were invited to put their stamp on the project that really makes it an interesting proposition. The Flushing Meadows is made up of 11 studio loft apartments and five penthouse studios, with each of the standard lofts given a boutique look by a special guest – Austrian actress and singer Birgit Minichmayr, musician Michi Beck, pro-surfer Quirin Rohleder, DJ Hell and industrial furniture designer Norbert Wangen were among those to contribute. Eclectic tastes indeed, and ones that make for as refreshingly original a hotel as we’ve seen in some time. Throughout the hotel you’ll find artwork by Berlin’s Maximan Rödel, cosmetics by eco-brand Walachai and cable-free sound systems by Ultimate Ears.
The standard lofts occupy the building’s third floor, affording nice views of the lush surroundings that give the place its name as well as the nearby Isar River, with the top floor rooms overlooking the Bavarian Alps or the Munich cityscape. Arnold and Werner, in partnership with gastro-marketing guru Niels Jäger, own several bars in Munich, and there’s one more to add to the list on the top floor sharing the panoramic terrace with the extra posh penthouses. On the ground floor you’ll find Super Danke! – a shop providing organic smoothies, cold press juices, and the rather frighteningly-named “cleanse programs”. Think we’ll stick to the bar, thanks all the same chaps.