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Hotel Topazz, Vienna, Austria
Thursday 10 Jan 2013
The Interior designer Michael Manzenreiter was inspired by the hotel's façade, which reminded him of a cylindrical silver vase gemmed with big oval amber stones by Viennese artist Koloman Moser. He carried on this theme inside and created interiors that pay homage to Moser and Dagobert Peche, two of Austria's most iconic artists of the late 19th and early 20th century.
The 32 guest rooms, set over eight floors and one top-floor penthouse suite with terrace (which can also be hired as a meeting space), feature soft furnishings in earthy shades, wooden panelling and lush curtains. One-of-a-kind 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 inspired by furniture of the 1900's integrated into the windowsill.
The spacious bathrooms are inspired by luxurious 1930s style and are made using of chrome, nickel, marble and fine china.
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 to rest, read,reflect, work, have a drink or connect with other guests.
The symbiosis of design and low energy consumption is unique amongst the hotels in the centre of Vienna. Hotel TOPAZZ is a low-energy building type A with heat energy consumption of less than 25 kWh/m²a and cooling energy consumption of less than 0.33 kWh/m³a. The heating and cooling of the building take place via a groundwater well and a controlled ventilation system (perfect for comfort) with highly efficient heat recovery from the exhaust air. Special emphasis is also laid on the use of colour and light (near-natural light spectrum using LED technology).