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Hotel Topazz, Vienna, Austria

Friday 11 May 2012

From past to future

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New Hotel Topazz demonstrates landmark architecture in the historic heart of Vienna 

New Hotel Topazz looks to its historic location while being constructed with empathy for its surroundings and Vienna's future in mind. Surrounded by historical buildings, it is the first green upscale hotel in the city centre. Its resource-saving energy concept uses advanced technology to generate low operating cost resources. But the sustainable approach does not end there, throughout the hotel high-quality green materials have been used for building and interior design.

The hotel's façade is dotted with large oval windows. These are staggered at different intervals to match different heights of the neighbouring houses. The interior designer was inspired by the hotel's façade, which reminded him of a cylindrical vase gemmed with big oval amber stones. He carried on this theme inside and created interiors that pay homage to Koloman Moser and Dagobert Peche, two of Austria's most iconic artists of the early 20th century.

The lobby and reception is located on the ground floor, which flows into the Salon. Here, Vienna's bygone salon culture is celebrated with elegant couches, custom-made fauteuils and cosy corners. The Salon recreates The Viennese Modern Age, a time when artists and intellectuals would gather to be inspired in a laidback atmosphere - much like a private luxurious Viennese house.

The 32 guest rooms and one top-floor penthouse suite with terrace feature furnishings in earthy shades, wooden panelling and lush curtains. Lighting fixtures, fauteuils and fabrics are inspired by Wiener Werkstätte - an early 20th century community of Viennese architects, artists and designers whose commitment was to design art which would be accessible to everyone. Each of the oval windows has a divan bed integrated into the windowsill - the ideal spot to gaze down on the old town. The spacious bathrooms are inspired by luxurious 1930s style and are made using of chrome, nickel, marble and fine china.

Developed by LENIKUS Group

Architecture and Design: Michael Manzenreiter  and BWM Architekten.

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