The restaurant, which covers an area of some 480 square metres, is in use all day. From breakfasts to candlelit dinners, its ambience is surprisingly varied: using a combination of DALI-controlled LED lighting tools with warm white and neutral white light, the light mood adapts itself to the time of day.
The Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden is located, positively majestically, on a mountain plateau in the Bavarian Alps, at an altitude of 1,000 metres, surrounded by the Watzmann, Untersberg and Kehlstein mountains. Previously an InterContinental hotel, since 1 May 2015 the property has been welcoming guests as the third Alpine resort of the Kempinski Group – Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Around 150 kilometres (approximately 100 miles) from Munich and just 33 km from Salzburg, travellers from all over the world discover an exclusive retreat here, set amidst natural scenery. The panoramic views of the mountains have a huge impact on the way the space is arranged – not only in the rooms and suites but also, and most notably, in the public areas such as the hotel’s three restaurants.
“In redesigning the Restaurant 360°, now renamed the Restaurant Johann Grill, the idea was to create an upmarket and modern yet cosy ambience which would not compete with the breathtaking view through the floor-to-ceiling windows,” says Klaus Sporer from sporer plus architekten, explaining the interior design concept that was implemented in 2013. “That is why exquisite natural materials such as silk, linen, leather, felt and natural stone with a low-key colour palette of white, beige, grey and natural shades were chosen for both the furnishings and the interior decoration.” At the same time, zones with different types of seating were to be created within this very large space – a floor area of around 350 square metres plus an additional 130 square metres in an adjoining room: private booths and quiet groups of seating, large tables in the open centre of the room, and some raised seating areas to the rear of the room to ensure a good view through the windows from here as well.