The Ritz Carlton Hotel, AUTOSTADT WOLSBURG, GERMANY
The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg is located near Volkswagen’s worldwide headquarters and lies within the famed Autostadt.
A true luxurious experience outlining immaculate contemporary interior design and many treats to look out for.
Set over the ultimate private hideaway within the harbor basin, with a historic riva-style motorboat, The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg apart from its stunning suites and public areas has got to offer an award-winning dining experience, presented by Executive Chef Sven Everfeld
at AQUA restaurant, the Newman Bar, private dining spaces and a spa & heated outdoor swimming pool revealing dramatic views of the iconic Volkswagen power plant.
Responsible for its interior design, Elliott Barnes, has been selected as one of the 100 top Interior designers of the world in 2013 and more recently in 2014 has been named one of the best 80 decorators in the world with a great international portfolio
The Lobby Entrance
The entrance’s main feature is the “glass forest”, a loosely organised composition of hand-blown crystal forms with tinted amber accents. The installation is designed by ebi and made by SALVIATI of Murano to recreate a forest of bamboo trees. The reference to the world of the automobile is expressed through the spatial details of furnishings and in the use of lighting and mirrors.
The Lobby Reception
The reception walls are fully clad in leather and accented in polished pink and warm gold inserts, symbolising the most exceptional automotive interiors. In the lobby, the fireplace made from Namibia white stone, provides focus and splits the vast space into smaller, more intimate areas. Each area is underlined by a rug with each pattern signifying the structure of tyre tracks and geometric autumn coloured leaves.
The quiet cognac coloured lounge ambiance with a central oval space enclosed by tinted glass tubes is called Newman’s Bar. A lounge where one may slip into more private corners with subdued lighting and where exclusive alcohol is served upon request by elegant staff. The furniture is covered in leather rather than a traditional bar. There is a separate lounge with a fumier for smoking cigarettes and cigars, situated around a small papyrus covered cigar alcove highlighted by a central fireplace clad in light grey acid-washed mirrors. The back wall of the smokers lounge is covered in mirrored boxes and multiple reflections, punctuated by small touches of light; a confrontation of textures and smooth surfaces, reflections and distortion.
The overall design of Terra is inspired by the notion of the “terroir”, or natural, artisanal products that reflect their origins. The materials and colours chosen for the spaces and surfaces of the restaurant hint at the geological stratification of the earth and the ores and minerals. Expressed in the same finish and with the same forms, the separation between the wall and ceiling is blurred and a warm encompassing feeling of space is the result.
The reception area is located in front of a burnt oak wall which features a glass mosaic, paying homage to Yann Arthus Bertrand’s “La terre vue du ciel”. When entering the restaurant, there is a small, mirrored private dining area. The large dining space is both divided and united by a long, thin, stone fireplace with an oversized interior window. This allows the guests to enjoy an intimate moment and participate in a larger dining experience. Golden curtains frame the view to the lagoon and VW powerplant which is situated beyond.
Aqua is a place where one comes for a deep, emotional experience. It is the ultimate expression of luxury. Fine dining is a moment of seduction between a chef and the guest. It is a culinary love affair. It is a discreet one-to-one encounter with someone who seeks to capture a moment in a day, entice desire and briefly touch the soul. It is private and personal. It may be referenced in discussion but is it never shared with others. One does not come to AQUA to see and be seen, we are in the presence of others but we are not together. Aqua allows us to be swept away into a world of interiors and where the senses are caressed and stimulated.
The exquisite curvilinear reception walls in hand painted shagreen, evoke a calm marine world and prepare oneself for the delicateness of the different courses to be savoured. The asymmetric reception counter in a solid block of Azul Macaubas marble and has a small waiting area that sits in front of a metal mesh covered mirror.
Aqua is segmented into independent moments where one can commune with the chef. The restaurant connects with the natural world through its opening towards a private garden. There is also a large private dining area which extends to the garden through a large picture window.
There are four different types of suites which are extensions of the principles laid down in the rooms. With the added space of each suite, the ambience reflects that of an apartment to provide a feeling of personal living. A lot of care was given to the vanity mirror which has a tripartite structure. In an instant, the temperature of the light can be changed from artificial to natural light. In all the accommodation, the basic structure of the bathrooms is maintained.
The Ritz Carlton Germany