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The Fontenay to Debut in Hamburg in 2016

HAMBURG, GERMANY—The Fontenay, the first five-star hotel to open here for the last 18 years, will open fall 2016 with 131 guestrooms, according to the property’s ownership.

The Fontenay is owned and developed by Klaus-Michael Kühne, majority shareholder and honorary chairman of the globally operating Kühne + Nagel Logistics Group, who seized the opportunity to build a hotel on the banks of the Alster.  

Designed by Hamburg architect Jan Störmer of Störmer Murphy and Partners, The Fontenay will have a sculpture-like architecture that aims to mirror the fluid lines of the lake and surrounding parkland, according to the owner. Featuring a facade of white ceramic tiles, the hotel evolves from three fusing circles that form two interior open spaces, including an atrium, which will be flooded with natural daylight, as will all guest floor corridors.

The guestrooms will have floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies offering views of the nearby lake. The use of warm colors and parquet wood flooring is intended to amplify the sense of space and light. The hotel will have two restaurants; one all-day dining and another gourmet offering cuisine from a Michelin-starred chef.