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ANDAZ MUNICH SCHWABINGER TOR


A design-conscious hotel brand opening its first premises in Germany called on the best of German art and design, including Flatow & Drews Consulting. Michael Flatow FCSI talks to Jacquetta Picton about the project


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ach and every hotel of the luxury-lifestyle Andaz hotel brand embraces the local culture and spirit of its surroundings. The name, Andaz, is a Hindi word meaning personal style and the hotel chain is under the umbrella of the Hyatt corporation. Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor opened in February 2019, it is the only one of the 21 Andaz hotels worldwide located in Germany.


The hotels provide an attentive and fuss-free service


that allows guests to fully immerse themselves in their surroundings. At the same time, they create a natural atmosphere where guests can relax in comfort and style. As the hotel’s general manager Frank Heckelmann says about his guests: “We greet them as strangers when they arrive, we hope to salute them as friends when they leave.”


Artistic hub Schwabing, the area of Munich chosen as the site of the first Andaz hotel in Germany, was historically a bohemian area where artists, intellectuals, actors and free spirits felt welcome. In this spirit, art plays a leading role at Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor. Local artists and influential cultural figures added their own special touch to bring character to the hotel. The result is a hub for cultural activities and a meeting place for creative minds that reflect Munich’s role as a melting pot both for new technologies and age-old traditions. There is artwork designed by Munich artist Mirko Borsche. In the hotel’s foyer, the Andaz Lounge, there are video installations by the Munich artistic collective Studio TISH, depicting the sky above Munich, captured on camera over 365 days. There is also a contribution from community art project, BROKE.TODAY, which offers


young offenders the opportunity to explore new horizons and fulfil their creative potential. Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor gave three young street artists the opportunity to collaborate on the decoration of the walls in four of its suites.


Unique foodservice concepts This creative inspiration extends to the foodservice offering. Michael Flatow FCSI of Flatow & Drews Consulting was brought in to design the foodservice areas. He had previously worked for Hyatt, including the Grand Hyatt Berlin, where Heckelmann was hotel manager before moving to Munich. Flatow acknowledges that the design ethos of the hotel and the expected clientele dictated the foodservice concepts. In pride of place is the hotel’s restaurant, The Lonely Broccoli, Munich’s first modern meat house, seating up to 120 people. Featuring not one, but two, show kitchens. With the Josper wood-fired ovens and charcoal grills they provide a unique sense of theater and drama for diners. The open kitchen concept presented the foodservice consultant with challenges. “The wood-burning oven and grill in the open kitchen was a major obstacle in terms of the exhaust system,” Flatow says. “This challenge could be met by coordinating smoothly with the mechanical, electrical and plumbing [MEP] consultant.” However, not all scents from The Lonely Broccoli have to be eliminated. Heckelmann is very proud of the restaurant’s unique atmosphere. “The chefs prepare salmon roasted on a plank of cedar wood,” he says. “The


Clockwise from top left: The hotel's lobby lounge; The Lonely Broccoli kitchen and dishes from the grill


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“You might have a business meeting next day and you don’t know the city, but you love food and cooking, you can sit right there and watch what the team are doing”


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