Hotel The Ritz-Carlton, Autostadt Wolfsburg

A “green” hotel driveway

Concept

As preparation for the redesign of the The Ritz Carlton hotel, the courtyard was redesigned and enhanced with new paving and green areas.

The existing fountain remains the central point of the courtyard. In the plant bed, new accentuations have been made in the form of solitary woody plants (magnolias, Cyprus oaks) and green yew sculptures.

The fountain determined the material for the paving. The driveway around the hotel was given a mosaic carpet made of softly buffed granite (azul platino). A frame comprising of strips of yew hedges was created along the semi-circular hotel façade, the interspaces of which are filled with greenery that alternates with the seasons. 

The bronze bowls, specially developed for the location and planted with single ornamental apple trees, are situated on an area of gravel and supplement the representative nature of the driveway around the hotel.

In spring 2013, the “Aqua” garden was completed, as an introverted garden space related to the re-designed restaurant. A tall yew hedge sculpture excludes the adjacent hotel terrace, while within the space solitary evergreens (rhododendrons, yews, common boxwoods) form splashes of green and are supplemented by blossoming shrubs that change with the seasons (hydrangeas, azaleas). The centre is animated by a quiet murmur of water and a flat bronze water bowl that reflects the sunlight.

Client

Autostadt GmbH, Wolfsburg

Project period

2011-2012

Size

3.000 m²

Type

Exhibitions & leisure

Location

Germany

Realisation

WES Landschafts-Architektur, WES & Partner

Partners

HENN GmbH, München

Photos

Deidi von Schaewen for Autostadt GmbH (10)
Ralf Tooten for Autostadt GmbH (11)
Jürgen Voss (2)
Frank Winzer (5,6)

Project pictures

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