Stay KooooK Bern

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design Short-term Rental
  • Company/Firm
    JOI-Design IAD joehnk+partner
  • Lead Designer
    Barbara Wiethoff
  • Interior Designer
    JOI-Design IAD joehnk + partner mbB
  • Hospitality
    SV Hotel AG
  • Location
    Gardistrasse 4a, 3014 ,Bern
  • Project Date
    September 2020
  • Developer
    SV Hotel AG

With the motto ‘Stay KooooK - Stay You’, the debut Stay Kooook short-term rental is all about personalized touches in bright, open & cosy spaces. The 59 studios each hold an ingenious mobile wall that slides back & forth for spatial flexibility when using the wardrobe, sofa, bed & kitchen. Controlled by a metal crank akin to those in library archives, this invention adds an extra 2sqm of living space to each studio. Built-in felt and chalk boards allow for further customization, plus guests can borrow public area plants, cushions & furniture to individualise their studios. Designed to feel like a home’s 'backyard' where friends socialise, the common areas feature cleverly staged vignettes where neighbours from other residences can relax and cook together. There’s no separate reception, lobby and bar. Once a host welcomes visitors, the rest runs via a smartphone app: check-in/out, opening doors & accessing bike storage. Community is a priority; furniture configurations encourage people to share ideas and experiences, while green plants and twinkling lights create a cosiness that invites them to linger and feel as comfortable as possible in their 'home away from home'.