Design-focused serviced apartment brand Locke has opened its first aparthotel in Munich, with a second set to follow in autumn.
Schwan Locke is located in the Glockenbachviertel district, within walking distance of the Theresienwiese – the site of Oktoberfest. It comprises 151 apartments with fully equipped kitchens, living areas and dining space. The site also houses a complimentary co-working space, gym, coffee shop, retail space, cocktail bar and leafy courtyard.
The aparthotel has been designed by interior architecture firm Fettle, with the design inspired by the Deutscher Werkbund – an association of artists established in 1907 in Munich which aimed to “redefine aesthetic standards by combining traditional crafts and industrial mass production techniques”.
In keeping with this concept, the interiors feature custom-made furniture from the early 20th century, and a colour palette of muted reds, greens, yellows and blues that echo the early modernist movement.
The hotel also houses an art collection inspired by the women involved in the Werkbund movement, including photographer and sculptor Marianne Brandt and Lilly Reich. It also celebrates local talent such as artwork from designer and illustrator Veronika Grenzebach, and illustrator Tomomi Maezawa.
Schwan Locke has partnered with Michelin-starred restaurant Mural for the dining concept Bambule, which includes a coffee shop as well as a wine and cocktail bar, which serves charcuterie, oysters and locally-sourced small plates. Mural will continue to collaborate with Locke, setting up Mural Farmhouse at its second location in Munich in autumn.
The second opening will be called Wunderlocke and located in the Sendling area of the city.
Eric Jafari, Chief Development Officer and Creative Director of Locke, commented on the opening:
“Schwan Locke marks the first of two Locke openings in Munich and it is a particularly exciting start for all of us. Like other Locke locations in the UK & Ireland, we have gone to great lengths to create a space that is deeply rooted in the neighbourhood – where both locals and visitors can feel at home.
Achieving this was a significant creative challenge, but also a unique opportunity. Munich is steeped in a rich and diverse history, while also being home to a unique creative landscape. We wanted to celebrate this – paying homage to the city’s past, but working with disruptive, forward-thinking partners to bring our vision to life.”
The Locke brand was launched in 2016, and is named after 17th century English philosopher and physician John Locke. The brand recently opened its first property in Dublin, with a second to follow in August, along with a property in Cambridge in October.
See our review of Kingsland Locke, a recently opened aparthotel in London’s Dalston: