PROGRAM: additional guestrooms, board rooms, and a conference center
CLIENT: Loisium Hotel and Wine Center
Langenlois, 60 minutes west of Vienna, on a gently south-sloping vineyard, the Loisium Hotel and Wine Center celebrates the rich local heritage of an ancient wine vault system. This historic subterranean network, which includes stone passages that are 900 years old, underlies the urban plan of the town. The first two buildings of the Loisium complex sought to create an analogical relation to the geometry of the cellars, with the wine center embedded within the vineyards and the hotel referencing the branching morphology of the vaults above. Together these three elements represented three basic types of architecture: under, in, and over the ground.
The concept for the 30-room extension, “out of the ground” connects to the original vaults via precast vaulted rooms. A reflecting pool at the entry reflects the curved geometry.
The roofs and walls of the expansion building are clad in Rheinzink. The matte natural material is pre-weathered to blend with the landscape and sky. Glass walls at the hotel rooms provide views to the mountains, vineyards and existing Loisium hotel and visitor center.
- Steven Holl Architects
Steven Holl (principal, design architect)
Noah Yaffe (partner in charge)
Lourenzo Amaro de Oliveira (project architect)
JongSeo Lee, Ruoyu Wei, Lucas Almassy (project team)
- associate architects
Irene Ott-Reinisch, Franz Sam, Gregory Holzinger, Karin Sam, Daniel Wohlschlager
RETTER & Partner Ziviltechniker
- structural engineers
KWI Engineers GmbH
- MEP engineer
- Franziska Leeb, "architektur. aktuell" September, 2021. "Initiated by local families and designed by Steven Holl, the project for the Loisium Wine Resort, along with its 82-bedroom four-star hotel, catapulted Langenlois, a quiet, wine-growing, town in Lower Austria onto the map of wine architecture destinations. . . The new building is more robust and purer - almost brutalist, were it not for the titanium zinc (Rheinzink) cladding that encloses the rough concrete externally. Holl succeeded brilliantly in achieving a balance between a bastion that provides defense from the trivial neighborhood and interactive communication with the landscape and with the existing buildings that he designed himself.
. . . On the hotel's website the 'stylish atmosphere' is praised, and this small building can be justifiably acclaimed as great hotel architecture, of a kind not found elsewhere in this region."