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„Fast so schön wie die Sixtinische Kapelle“ zitat
„50 Künstler gestalteten die Räume unvergleichlich. Individueller geht's nicht!“ zitat
„Berlin is worth a visit for this art hotel experience alone“ zitat
„Räume wie Träume“ zitat
„Ich danke allen, die hier etwas geschaffen haben, was einmalig ist: ein Hotel, in dem Kunst gelebt wird.“

zitat Dr. Tayfun Belgin
„Berlins charmantestes Hotel; ... faire Preise, allerbeste Lage.“ zitat
„This hotel is dangerous territory as it leaves you craving to go back“ zitat
„Alle Räume Unikate... man fühlt sich wie Alice im Wunderland“ zitat
„Im Künstlerheim Luise verschmelzen Wirklichkeit und Inszenierung“ zitat
„Hotel con aires de museo“ zitat
„Each room is a treasure chest of creativity and quirkiness“ zitat
recommendations and collaborations

1994 / 2004

From Art Lab to Hotel

We had the idea even before the Berlin Wall fell: starting as an artists' hotel in the center of Berlin, a place where artists and friends of art could live and work, where people play music and gather.

This unexpected opportunity presented itself within the first few years after German reunification. At the time, a mood of excitement and change prevailed - along with a certain degree of anarchy. Much work was still to be done in East Berlin. After forty years of GDR state politics, numerous decayed properties in Mitte were under contingency management by the state building administration. Various former property owners and communities of joint heirs fought over real estate that had been nationalized. For the limited transition period it was therefore better to find renters than to let the buildings continue to deteriorate. So we took advantage of the favorable moment to bring the vision of a "Künstlerheim" to fruition.


In July 1994 the inhabitable part of a completely dilapidated, neoclassicist building from the year 1825 in Luisenstrasse 19 was rented for operating costs of 1,000 German Marks. During the GDR period it had harbored the legendary artist club "Möwe". The rest of the neighborhood was more sobering; the Reichstag stood empty, still waiting for Christo and subsequent renovation. There was only "wasteland" to the west, where the "death strip" had been - part of the GDR border running along the Spree. Nothing could be seen of the present-day government district.

Upstairs was designated for a hotel with artists. Downstairs was intended for artist studios and living quarters. Initially there were no clear concepts: the project would take on a life of its own and develop in cooperation with different artists. In the Künstlerheim's community kitchen there were often discussions that often lasted until all hours. Pure existentialism!

Although the Künstlerheim Luise had meanwhile become very popular among its many regular patrons, and through the press it had gained attention well beyond Berlin, the end loomed near because of the rotting state of the building and the expiration of the rental agreement in 1997!

"For everything to remain as it is, it all has to change", became the motto of survival.

An investor, a project manager, and an architect were brought in to make a comfortable and economically feasible hotel out of an art laboratory.


The S-Bahn and the accompanying noise level were a hotly discussed topic among hotel guests at that time. Earplugs were standard equipment in the rooms.

In fall of 2001 it was therefore decided to close off the courtyard facing the rail line with a new wing and thus banish the train noise from the building. In March of 2003, this section also celebrated a ceremonial opening officiated by the presiding government minister. The hotel now comprised almost 50 rooms and gallery for art.

Fotos aus der Zeit 1930 bis 1985 Berlin Mitte Luisenstraße

Berlin 1930 Reichstag
Berlin 1945 Luisenstraße
Berlin 1985 Luisenstraße

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