Lifestyle aparthotel brand Locke has opened its first property in Berlin. Marking its third opening in Germany, Locke at East Side Gallery offers breath-taking views across the city’s skyline and the River Spree and is situated within Berlin’s trendiest inner-city districts; Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Mitte.
The new opening comprises of 176 sleek studio apartments equipped with kitchenettes and living areas, with many also having access to a private balcony with river or skyline views. Locke at East Side Gallery also features a complimentary co-working area for guests and locals to enjoy coffee shop, audiophile bar and restaurant ANIMA, which will introduce new immersive ways of experiencing music in the German capital. The property houses a flexible meeting and events space that includes a rooftop terrace, as well as a gym on the eighth floor, with floor to ceiling windows and views overlooking Berlin’s Mediaspree.
On the ground floor, ANIMA, an audiophile bar and restaurant, combines gastronomy with music. Intended as a dedicated space for music lovers, the concept is inspired by Japan’s “Kissaten” hi-fi cafes predating affordable home stereos.
Focused on providing the highest standards across dining, drinking and hi-fi audio experience, ANIMA allows guests to connect to music and one another within an unpretentious, friendly, warm and elegant setting. During the week, an extensive in-house record collection and ANIMA Radio live stream provide the soundtrack for guests and locals to enjoy, while on weekends music is selected by the finest local and occasionally international selectors.
Born from a desire to share, exchange and provide a place to bring people together, ANIMA’s concept is reflected in their tapas inspired food and drink offering. Designed for sharing, the menu features fresh, local and seasonal products that combine childhood favourites and street food influences with a touch of Mediterranean style. A carefully selected assortment of independent, non-corporate, Berlin-based partners provide special drinks, including a wine selection by Ritual Wine, mezcal by Algavera, sake by Sake38, coffee from Bonzana and tea by Yoshi EN.
‘It’s important to keep the true nature of ingredients and introducing creative twists to culinary traditions is vital. Berlin is an inspiring setting that encourages exploration and experimentation in the field of food and culture and this will be reflected in our offerings at ANIMA.’ – Andrea Lannicella, Head Chef, ANIMA
In an exciting move that reflects the cultural heritage of Berlin, Locke has partnered with unisex brand Fade Out Label to provide uniforms for the team at Locke at East Side Gallery. Local fashion brand Fade Out has collaborated with legendary Berlin Wall artist Mirta Domacinovic to create a uniform collection which features symbols of hope, new beginnings, and Berlin’s resilience as a city to turn a new leaf. Committed to sustainable, timeless design approach, they have utilised deadstock to repurpose a collection that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill.
“We are thrilled to be opening our first Locke in Berlin, a city of innovation and creativity. Locke at East Side Gallery has been a very special project for us and the finished result is an incredible offering. With an exciting partnership in place with audiophile bar and restaurant ANIMA, spectacular views across the River Spree and located in a great location within the trendy inner-city districts Friedrichschain, Kreuzberg and Mitte, we are excited to open the doors and welcome people to Locke at East Side Gallery.” – Stephen McCall, Chief Executive Officer.
Locke at East Side Gallery is now open for bookings at www.lockeliving.com/en/berlin/locke-at-east-side-gallery
(credit foto: Nicholas Worley)
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