Locke plans two German openings in 2022

Lifestyle aparthotel brand Locke is to expand further into Europe with two new German openings in 2022.

The arrival of WunderLocke in Munich and Locke at East Side Gallery in Berlin follows a successful 2021 for the operator, which added six properties to its portfolio across London, Cambridge, Dublin and Munich.

Locke elevates the traditional aparthotel model by combining self-contained studio apartments – complete with fully fitted kitchens, living areas and laundry facilities – with dynamic, experiential social spaces typical of a lifestyle hotel. The brand challenges convention by partnering with up-and-coming designers and local food and drink partners to give each Locke location its own distinctive character and unique style.

A rendering of WunderLocke in Munich, Germany

Opening in May next year, WunderLocke will aim to shake up the Bavarian capital’s hospitality scene by providing a new creative hub in the southwest of the city. The 360-room property – designed by Holloway Li, which also completed Bermonds Locke in London – will feature a large co-working area; meeting and event spaces; a workout studio; and an outdoor heated swimming pool, as well as four F&B destinations conceived by the founders of local Michelin-starred restaurant, Mural. The new concept – Mural Farmhouse – will include an urban farm supplying fresh herbs and vegetables, as well as a rooftop cocktail bar with views of the Bavarian Alps. WunderLocke is also home to several suites, which include roof terraces and dining areas.

A rendering of Locke at East Side Gallery in Berlin

In July 2022, Locke at East Side Gallery will land in Berlin’s trendiest inner-city districts Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Mitte. The new opening will comprise 176 studio apartments, most of which have access to a private balcony with either river or skyline views; a co-working area; a third-wave coffee shop; flexible meeting and events spaces including a rooftop terrace; and a 24-hour gym on the eighth floor with floor-to-ceiling-windows that overlooking Berlin’s Mediaspree. Rounding out the offer is an audiophile bar and restaurant, introducing new immersive ways of experience music in the German capital. Designed by longstanding partner Matthew Grzywinski of Grzywinski+Pons, Locke at East Side Gallery takes its design cues from its microlocality – most notably the former Berlin Wall, River Spree and neighbouring parks. Each apartment combines neutral tones, natural textures and raw concrete with pops of playful colour. Meanwhile, the social spaces on the ground floor will resemble a gallery in recognition of the building’s surroundings.