An old gem is polished. Hotel Zoo, the jewel of Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm from the 1920s to the 1950s, shines brightly once again. Designer Dayna Lee (of NY and LA-based Powerstrip Studios), has reinvented Hotel Zoo without detracting from its historic character. With thoughtful attention to detail and the preservation of original building elements, Lee infused the space with New York flair and London townhouse elegance.
Dayna Lee has embraced the building’s past glory in her design. Built in 1891 as a private residence for an affluent family, the building was converted into an upscale hotel in 1911. In the 1950s it was the VIP hotel of the Berlin International Film Festival, accommodating many celebrities of the time.
High ceilings and bespoke furniture designed by Dayna Lee lend the spacious rooms and suites their unique charm.
The heart of the hotel is the Living Room, with its seven-meter-high ceiling crowned by a two-ton handcrafted molding, oversized walnut wood doors and expansive industrial windows. A five meter long open fireplace gives the room a warm atmosphere. The exposed, over 120 year-old
, brick walls allow the building’s past to come alive.