20121230

Hamburg Picks

While appearing reserved and distant as a city, Hamburg offers a different view once following the right angles and perspectives, once willing to step out and find them. A fine selection of places, many still to be unveiled.

Best Exhibition Space
Deichtorhallen
Deichtorstraße 1-2

The grande, semi-circular hall hosts contemporary art exhibitions. Amongst others Anselm Reyle who took over the space and divided it into a light and a dark half. Even equipping the entry hall with blinking, shiny and rusty 'atelier trash'.



Best Shop
Werkhaus
Große Elbstraße 146

Alexander Wang, Dries van Noten and SILENT Damir Doma for men, Helmut Lang and Acne Studio for Women. Situated directly at the sea side in an original red brick style 'Kaufmannshaus' from 1772.



Best Flagship Store
Jil Sander
Neuer Wall 43

Visiting a Jil Sander store always feels like an exhibition, especially for retail travellers. 'Exhibited' side by side are pieces by Raf Simons for and Jil Sander as Jil Sander. Next to an arrangement of Asian antiques for an ascetic aesthetics.



Best Gourmet Food
Mutterland
Poststraße 14-16

Grey sea salt, chai tea honey or sea salt caramel. Unconventional, original and delicate combinations, products designed for display rather than hiding away. They still do exist.




Best Design Shop
punct.object
Große Elbstraße 68

A marble dining table, wooden chairs, a cubic writing desk. Here, furniture is beautifully arranged, creating geometric lines - almost like a studio-size still life. Again, a retail experience with exhibition character.



Best Spa Hotel
SIDE
Drehbahn 49

Designed by Robert Wilson, the neon light installation pending above the lobby provides a spectacular mood and luxurious 2000s feeling. Perfectly complemented by spa and pool areas as well as a high class breakfast buffet.



Best Architecture
Hafen City
Am Kaiserkai

A piece of water, elevated from its depths into the sky. The Elbphilharmonie Hamburg marks the starting point for a newly constructed, artificial yet mesmerizing city disctrict.




/HORST

1 comment:

1972 said...

Good guide. Looking forward to more instalments!