PROGRAM: additional guestrooms, board rooms, and a conference center
CLIENT: Loisium Hotelbetriebs GmbH & Co. KG
SIZE: 2,900 sm
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.
Ecological Innovation +
– natural reflecting pool for biological diversity and stormwater management
– high performance building envelope
– radiant heating and cooling in all public spaces
– light, air and outdoor space for all hotel rooms
Steven Holl Architects
Steven Holl (design architect, principal)
Noah Yaffe (partner in charge)
Lourenzo Amaro de Oliveira (project architect)
Jongseo Lee, Ruoyu Wei, Lucas Almassy (project team)
Irene Ott-Reinisch, Franz Sam, Gregory Holzinger, Karin Sam, Daniel Wohlschlager (associate architect)