Architect(s) : BWM Architekten
Address : Lichtensteg 2-3, VIENNA, Austria
Latitude/Longitude : 48.210308,16.373973
Photographs : Lenikus GmbH
Area : 2200 m²
Client : Lenikus GmbH
BWM Team : Ferdinand Bischofter (PL), Alexandra Stage, Judith Moser, Peter Foschi, Hubert Meyer, Egon Niedertscheider
Architecture : BWM Architekten und Michael Manzenreiter Architecture
Design & facade : BWM Architekten und Partner
Ground plan & interior design : DI Michael Manzenreiter
Text description provided by the architects. The new Topazz design hotel by BWM Architekten und Partner in Vienna’s city centre can be likened to a glistening, dark-colored gemstone. Its brown mosaic façade, which absorbs and reflects the natural light, ensures that this building – on one of Vienna’s smallest building sites – is a real eye-catcher. The design, created by BWM Architekten und Partner, is characterized by striking elliptical window openings that jut out slightly.
This unconventional, distinctive treatment of the façade gives this round-cornered building a sense of weightlessness and elegance as well as an unusually physical presence within the fabric of Vienna’s historical architecture. Inside, the curved window recesses serve as comfortably rounded spots for sitting or lounging while you watch the hustle and bustle of the city below.
In this way, the exterior and interior spaces engage in close dialogue and complement each other. The idea with the portholes was born partly out of a lack of space – with the aim of making the best possible use of the 153 square meters of site area. After relaxing and daydreaming in one of the niches, you will open your eyes and say: Good morning, Vienna!
Contributed by BWM Architekten