The Hyatt's design line places greater emphasis on localisation, and Vienna's history is perceived and retold. The word mark "Andaz" itself is also derived from the Hindi language and stands for "personal style". Gabriel Kacerovsky and Claudio Carbone took this demanding assignment seriously and designed the "Andaz Vienna am Belvedere", a spacious lifestyle hotel that not only convinces with high-quality materials and lavish furnishings, but also with its cultural embedding in the neighbourhood.
In the immediate vicinity of the Belvedere, opposite 21er Haus and Schweizergarten, and located in the exciting urban development area around the new main train station, the Italian star architect and Pritzker Prize winner Renzo Piano has planned a complex of individual structures. The vertically rising structure with a ceramic façade was set on striking, nine-meter-high supports. The green space of the Schweizergarten is conceptually continued under the "floating structures". Arranged in two volumes, the Andaz is connected by nested bridges and a spacious, permeable lobby. Floor-to-ceiling glazing on all 16 levels opens up views over the Schweizergarten and almost all of Vienna.
"The hotel focuses on contemporary architecture, art and culinary delights," emphasizes Gözde Eren, general manager of Andaz Vienna. So one follows in the tradition of the eccentric Prince Eugene and offers an overall sensory experience as a host, which is to be occupied and used by hotel guests as well as the local population. For the architecture and design team from Vienna-based Studio Archisphere, which was responsible for the overall interior design, the progressive prince of the early 18th century acted as a source of ideas and interior inspiration. The imaginary landlord at the Andaz Vienna is not the historical figure, however, but his fictional contemporary descendant: Eugen 21. Just like his ancestor, Eugen 21 is an art collector, architecture lover and collector. What he has in common with his ancestor is his love of luxury and design and a little vanity.
The 303 guest rooms, including 44 suites and a penthouse suite on the 15th floor, not only impress with lavish furnishings and other amenities, but also showcase local, contemporary art. This was curated by the Viennese galleries Senn and Charim. All areas of the Andaz am Belvedere are influenced by a passion for unusual things and a love of handcrafted details, from refined cut glass in the mirrored door, the intricate wall panelling and herringbone parquet flooring to the use of contemporary lamps for a varied lighting mood.
Making the boundary between the hotel and its surroundings permeable and incorporating the surrounding neighborhood was particularly important to the architects and designers at Archisphere.
Thus, in Vienna's Andaz am Belvedere, one strolls through open spaces that merge into one another, including a 2,200-square-metre conference area, a 700-square-metre ballroom, fitness and spa area, and a total of three restaurants, including the golden casket of "Eugen 21" and the casual "Cyclist".
Hotel rooms and common areas feature light oak floors, complemented by furniture with cut glass and etched mirrors, as well as wooden chairs reminiscent of classic Viennese coffeehouses. The lounge bar, decorated in warm colors with dark leather sofas and hardwood cabinets, is the centerpiece of the lobby that opens to the neighborhood and showcases the work of local contemporary artists.
Exterior rendering © Renzo Piano Studio, photos by © Christof Wagner