Hotel Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom

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Chance and Intention

Architecture is the art of taming constraints; of poetizing contradictions; of looking differently at common and trivial things in order to reveal their singularity. Architecture is an opportunity, in a city marked by history, to continue games begun by others years or centuries ago. It is a clever game of chance and intention; an occasion to modify, to deepen, or to change the meaning of a context. Architecture is about making apparitions.
In Vienna architecture is all that, but here the resonance is particularly savory and dangerous, so great is the temptation to invent and to pervert what is so elegant.
So just imagine that starting with these curious constructible prisms, their planes begin to slide; intersections are created; one plane begins to tilt under the magnetic deviance of HH while another decides to light the city from a ceiling made of furtive images. Imagine that the other planes begin to vibrate with a thousand lines of variable orientation and reflectivity, that gray sometimes melts into gray squares on a gray background. It is not surprising then to find that the oblique plan of the roof becomes hatched, weaving a tight, random pattern of parallelograms and lozenges, that the planes to the North take the form of granited glass for transparence; that the planes to the West cloak themselves in variations of black to display their shadows. At the limit between building and sky there is another, flat plane that reveals the appearance-disappearance of changing faces, an evocation of the multiple faces forever linked to the depth of imagery born of this city.
Jean Nouvel

Status: Built
Location: Vienna, Austria
Competition in 2 stages: December 2004 / June 2005
Studies + Construction: January 2006 / November 2010
Opening: 13 December 2010
Client: UNIQA Praterstrasse Projekterrichtungs GmbH, Vienna, Austria
Client’s representative: ARGE bau-control UNIQA, Vienna, Austria
Hotel operator: Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom (Groupe Accor)
Design center (Retail): Stilwerk GmbH, Hambourg, Allemagne
Garage: Breiteneder GmbH, Vienna, Austria
Type of commission: Full design services, interior design, furniture
Building: Height: 75m
Depth: 35m
Floor area – tower: 1150 m2
Net floor space: 46000 m2
Gross floor area: 53000 m2
Hotel: 9200 m2
Restaurant: 800 m2
Sales area: 4900 m2
Public areas: 1100 m2
Circulation area: 7400 m2
Garage: 10600 m2
Building technology: 5600 m2
Gross volume: 225000 m3
Facade surface area: 20000 m2
"Green Wall": 600 m2
Ground floor: hotel reception, Stilwerk, public passageway
1st – 3rd floors: Stilwerk sales floor
4th floor: convention and banquet area, belvederes, hotel
5th floor: spa et wellness, belvederes, hotel
6th – 17th floors: 182 hotel rooms including 25 suites and 1 presidential suite
18th floor: panorama restaurant
5 basement levels: building services, hotel infrastructure, garage (239 parking spaces)
Construction cost: Net total cost: 140000000€ including energy saving measures: approx. 2600000€
Annual energy savings: approx. 500000€ / year (electricity, heating)
Architects: Jean Nouvel - Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Project leaders: Ingrid Menon and Marie-Hélène Baldran
Facades: Matthias Raasch and Christoph Bienert
Industrial and interior design: Sabrina Letourneur, Eric Nespoulous and Anita Barthelemy Peboeck
Graphics and signage: Natalie Saccu de Franchi, Eugénie Robert and Rafaëlle Ishkinazi
Architects, designers et graphic designers: Clara Abreu, Amandine Albertini, Anna Angelelli, Jaime Battle, Fréderic Caudoux, Amandine Chezeau, Arnaud Coutine, Dan Dorell, Matthieu Gabry, Lucie Garban, Sophie Gramatica, Jiayao Huang, Jennifer Kandel, Freddy Laun, Denis Laurent, Arnaud Lapierre, Jéremy Lebarillec, Jugulta Le Clerre, Laetitia Leinartz, Paul Emmanuel Loiret, Marie Maillard, Kirsi Marjamaki Mas, Stephane Matthys, Tanguy Nguyen, Benoit Pailloux, Jörg Petrick, Paul Pires da Fonte, Susanne Priessner, Florence Rabiet, Ursula Reiner, Janaina Rezende, Pierre Roch, Federica Soletta, Karen Sherwood, Gaston Tolila, Anne Traband, Jacqueline Vieira Raasch, Francois Zab, Nabila Zerrouki
Computer imagery: Jean Angelini, Marie Maillard and Christophe Rousselle
Models: Étienne Follenfant and Jean Marc Kurzewski
Adviser to Jean Nouvel: Hubert Tonka
Artistic conception illuminated ceilings: Pipilotti Rist, Zürich, Switzerland
Thomas Rhyner, Davide Legittimo, Judith Lava, Rachele Giudici, Chloé Pompon, Nici Jost, Pierré Mennel, Ewelina Guzik, Jean-Louis Gafner, Balz Roth, Carlos Martinez, Diego Rosafio
"Green wall": Patrick Blanc, Paris, France
Artistic work rooms: Alain Bony et Henri Labiole, Paris, France
Artistic work: Transcript of Sonic Fiction, "Hard Video", lia
Transcript of Sonic Fiction, "Ich bin traurig ", Didi Bruckmayr
Artists/Graphic designer rooms: Adam Fard, Almut Hahn, Eva Kadlec, Kris Lemsalu, Adrian Moldovan, Peter O.S., David Peschka, Fiona Ruckschcio, Elisa Schlifke, Sabina Smiljanic, Nasim Yilmaz
Construction documents: Neumann et Partner, Vienna, Austria
Building services: Altherm Engineering GmbH, Baden, Austria
Structure: Werner Consult Ziviltechniker GmbH, Vienna, Austria
Ingenieurconsulent für Bauween, Vienna, Austria
Competition/Pilot study: Terrell International, Paris, France
Facades: Buri Müller Partner GmbH, Burgdorf, Switzerland
Thermal/Acoustics: Zivilingenierbüro Prause, Vienna, Austria
Acoustics: Quiring Consultants Ingenierubüro, Innsbruck, Austria
Kitchen: Stria Ingenierubüro, Vienna, Austria
Lighting Design: Pokorny Lichtarchitektur, Vienna, Austria
Fire Protection: Prüfstelle für Brandschut ztechnik, Vienna, Austria
External layout: Rosinak et Partner Ziviltechniker GmbH, Vienna, Austria
Surveyor: Vermessungsbüro Harald Meixner, Vienna, Austria
Korschinek et Partner Vermessung ZT GmbH, Vienna, Austria
Floor studie: Erik Würger, Vienna, Austria
Nemec Zivilingenieru für Bauwesen, Vienna, Austria
ISP Ziviltechnik GmbH, Vienna, Austria