Vision for construction of a new hotel, Travemünde

Competition design for a-ja resort in Travemünde

The DSR Hotel Holding company of the German Deutsche Seereederei conglomerate is planning a second “a-ja” resort, a holiday hotel with no class system for all ages, in an attractive location in the Baltic Sea region of Travemünde. The resort’s special location, directly where the River Trave flows into the Baltic Sea, places qualitative demands on the urban design and functional quality of any development. Inros Lackner participated in the competition in partnership with the landscape architects Levin Monsigny.

The design responded to the complex requirements of the accommodation of the large scale, the integration of the future spa park and the location-specific demands on a Baltic Sea resort with a bold concept. Observer and user perception of scale was minimised, enabling an appropriate cube-like design of the key elements of the hotel and apartment buildings to be achieved. The principle vision is the topographical integration of the ground storey into a dune landscape on which the hotel and the apartment buildings together, but independently, find their place and create an ensemble together with the Maritim Hotel. Key design elements of the architecture and the local landscape include the materials and features which are to be found locally: sand, beach grass, wood and whitewashed surfaces combined with glass, accentuating the coastal location. A number of handicapped-accessible routes connect the hotel lobby and the development’s public offerings. Alcoves and terraces are provided on different levels for various purposes such as children’s playtime, an outdoor area for the swimming pool, restaurant terraces and lounge areas. The level difference to the Maritim Hotel’s property will be integrated naturally and further developed.