While many only talk about digitalisation, it is actually lived at the Hotel Schani behind Vienna's main railway station. From booking to check-in, the room key and payment to the bill, everything has always been done electronically here.
In the family-run house, people work (in the co-working space) and live (in the inspiring Viennese environment). Regional and historical references are writ large at all levels of the Schani, which has received widespread media attention. Its façade, for example, is an architectural interpretation of the famous Viennese weave that Michael Thonet developed in the mid-19th century for his bentwood chairs.
As is well known, the Viennese coffee house at the turn of the century could not avoid the now iconic piece of furniture. The interior design of the Schani now picks up the chair motif in the form of room sofas and window-side coffee house tables. The Greißler shelf in the lobby and a modulation of traditional Viennese cement tiles, meanwhile, are further features with a local connection. A mix of plywood, lacquered installation pipes, selected fabrics and brass elements reinforce the idiosyncratic character of the interior.
Despite their compact dimensions, the individual rooms offer a generous feeling of space, which is mainly based on the open bathroom design. With the double-storey studio rooms on the top floor, archisphere also developed an unusual room type that offers space for up to four people.
At the very top - on the roof - an ultra-modern event space was recently created: two individually usable rooms with a terrace offer breathtaking views of the surrounding Sonnwendviertel. Not only for this reason is the Hotel Schani one that aims high. A hotel that is definitely looking back and forward at the same time: with its finger on the pulse of time.
Photos by Arnold Poeschl © Hotel Schani, Kurt Hoerbst © Hotel Schani, Studio-KHF © Häfele, Brunnbauer © Hotel Schani, Gregor Hofbauer © Hotel Schani