Hotel Topazz by BWM Architekten
und Partner and Michael Manzenreiter

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Hotel Topazz by BWM Architekten und Partner

Austrian architects BWM Architekten und Partner and Michael Manzenreiter have completed a hotel in central Vienna with big oval windows all over its brown mosaic facade.

Hotel Topazz by BWM Architekten und Partner

Above: photograph is by Anna Blau, Lenikus GmbH

Behind the glass, the windows are lined with cushions so that they can be used as sofas by guests.

Hotel Topazz by BWM Architekten und Partner

Named Hotel Topazz, the skinny 10-storey building butts up against a neighbouring building and is located just a few streets away from St. Stephens Cathedral.

Hotel Topazz by BWM Architekten und Partner

Other hotels we've featured include one that looks like children’s game Connect Four and one behind the facade of a derelict pub.

Hotel Topazz by BWM Architekten und Partner

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Hotel Topazz by BWM Architekten und Partner

Above: photograph is by Anna Blau, Lenikus GmbH

Photography is by BWM Architekten und Partner, apart from where otherwise stated.

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Hotel Topazz by BWM Architekten und Partner, Vienna

The new Topazz design hotel by BWM Architekten und Partner in Vienna’s city centre can be likened to a glistening, dark-coloured 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 characterised by striking elliptical window openings that jut out slightly.

Hotel Topazz by BWM Architekten und Partner

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 metres of site area. After relaxing and daydreaming in one of the niches, you will open your eyes and say: Good morning, Vienna!

Hotel Topazz by BWM Architekten und Partner

Architecture: BWM Architekten und Partner, DI Michael Manzenreiter
Building concept, Facade: BWM Architekten und Partner
Floor plans, Interior designr: DI Michael Manzenreiter

  • batyu

    Reminds my of some russian designs from the 60′s…sadly not some good ones…but the neighbouring building is really nice!

  • Don

    ugly, but kinda cool.

  • Paul

    I live in Vienna and I usually like the combination between old and new buildings. But this one just doesn't fit. I'd even say it spoils the beauty of the neighbouring buildings.

  • Susan

    Not really my thing…

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    Like gaping mouths o__0