Generator hostel by The Design Agency & Mark Asipowicz & Ester Bruzkus, Berlin

November 22nd, 2013 by retail design blog

Urban hostel chain Generator is taking Europe by storm. Already present in Berlin with a property in Prenzlauer Berg, the chain has now added a new hostel in the buzzing Mitte area of town. Located in a building from the early 1900s, the hostel accommodates up to 552 guests across 139 private rooms and dorms. Generator Berlin features a fresh and playful interior design by Toronto-based practice The Design Agency in collab with architect Mark Asipowicz and guest designer Ester Bruzkus, and it’s totally in-sync with the taste level of a young demographic on the move.

A quirky mash-up of materials, colours and details, the overall look is very coherent and makes generator Berlin a welcoming place that quickly grows on you. There’s rough wood panelling and open ceilings, raw copper panels against black walls in the basement and the simple furniture and mastic asphalt in the breakfast area that contrast with the mirrored ceiling in the bar are just some examples of the design details that are featured. But that’s not all.

The property has anchored itself firmly in the city’s creative scene with a series of in-house street art. A colourful mural was created by London artist Luke Embden during a residency, while the legendary Thierry Noir has adorned the corridors with his famous ‘Heads with big lips’, similar to those at the Berlin wall. Over the coming months, the Urban Art Clash collective will be in residence, running a studio from the generator Berlin’s top floor and curating an open exhibition in the basement space. The adventurous vibe extends across the premises, and there’s plenty to discover. Facilities and services include free Wi-Fi, laundry service, a spacious lounge and bar. Mind you, the latter not only serves drinks, but plenty of bites as well.

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