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BUILDING
 
 
Loisium Hotel
Wine & SPA resort
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DESIGNER
 
 
Steven Holl

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DESCRIPTION
 
Steven Holl LoisiumOn the edge of the picturesque town of Langenlois, one hour west of Vienna, a new wine center and visitors' facility was built on a gently south-sloping vineyard to celebrate the rich local heritage of a magnificent wine vault system. This historic subterranean network, which includes 900 year old stone passages, underlies the urban plan of the town. The north-south axis of the network echoes that of the Baroque houses above and suggests the existence of a second town below that which is visible.

The project is composed of three parts: the existing vaults, which were made accessible to visitors, the Wine Center, and the Loisium Hotel Wine and Spa Resort. The vault system’s geometry is transformed into an abstract three dimensional spatial language. This language forms the basis of the architecture of the Wine Center and Hotel, wherein each project element is derived from and related to the unique spaces of the vaults, while simultaneously having individual qualities of space, materials, light and experience.

Steven Holl Loisium The three elements of the project stand in relation to a geometric field of vineyards, the landscape of wine production:

1. Under the ground Existing Vaults
2. In the ground Wine Center and Ramp Connection
3. Over the ground Loisium Hotel Wine and Spa Resort
The Hotel Spa Resort
Steven Holl LoisiumLike the grid of the city, the geometric spacing of the vineyard rows is continuous through the landscape connecting the three elements. The 53m x 53m square plan is aligned with the strict geometry of the surrounding vineyard rows. Offering a variety of activities and room types, the Loisium Hotel Wine and Spa Resort offers guests and visitors a variety of experiences. Earthlike materials and palette combined with the views of the surrounding landscape create a strong connection and relationship of the hotel to its context.

Public functions including the lobby, a wine themed restaurant, bar, cigar lounge, conference and meeting facilities, and wellness and spa area are located on the ground floor with views open to the surrounding vineyard. An inviting courtyard and terrace provides outdoor seating. 82 guest rooms are located in two upper floors. While the ground floor is transparent and open, the upper floors are more private.
Wine Center
Steven Holl LoisiumThe Wine Center’s design concept is derived from the geometry of the wine vaults. The simple 24m x 24m x 17m volume is cut and sliced to create a rich geometry. Some of the deep cuts are glazed in recycled bottle glass with rich green hues that cast their lustrous light on the interior.

Steven Holl LoisiumPartially set into the earth of the vineyard, the slight forward tilt of the structure indicates its subterranean connection by ramp to the antique vault system. Upon entering, the visitor perceives a wonderful volume of space and steps out to the vineyard and past a café. A foot path leads down to the entrance of the vault system. The return journey is made through a ramped passage dappled with light refracted through a reflecting pool. The visitor then arrives on the lowest level of the building which houses a wine bar, a multi-purpose area and a shop with local products and books. Stairs and ramps connect to ground level with a generous wine shop and an upper floor with seminar rooms and offices. The roof terrace with spectacular views over the surrounding landscape and town can be made accessible on special occasions.

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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Austria [Österreich]
State
Lower Austria [Nieder-Österreich]
District
Krems-Land
Town
Langenlois
Address
Loisiumallee, 2
 
 
Telephone
+43.(0)27.34.77.100.0
Fax
+43.(0)27.34.77.100.100
Website
E-mail
hotel@loisium.at
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TYPOLOGY
 
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ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Conference halls
Buildings for health and well-being
Spa buildings
Buildings for travel and tourism
Hotels
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ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
Commercial buildings
Bars, cafeterias
Restaurants
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2001 - 2005    
Realisation
2002 - 2003
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AWARDS
 
2006
Best Hotel Architecture Award, European Hotel Design Awards - Austria
2003
AIA Project Award, New York
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
"Loisium Hotel in Langenlois", Detail 3/2007 [Hotels/Hotel Design/Architecture hôtelière], "Prozess/Process" pp. 214-232, 296

Gerhard Nidetzky, "Ein vitaler Ort der Begegnung - Die Vision der Bauherren/A Stimulating Place of Encounter - The Clients' Vision", Detail 3/2007 [Hotels/Hotel Design/Architecture hôtelière], "Prozess/Process" pp. 216-217 (214-232, 296)
Steven Holl, Christian Wassmann, "Ein Architektur-Hotel, Kein Design-Hotel/An architectural Hotel, Not a Design Hotel", Detail 3/2007 [Hotels/Hotel Design/Architecture hôtelière], "Prozess/Process" pp. 218-219 (214-232, 296)
Susanne Kraus-Winkler, "Architektur und Wein - Professionelle Märkte erfordern ein professionelles Konzept/Architecture and Wine - Professional Markets Call for a Professional Concept", Detail 3/2007 [Hotels/Hotel Design/Architecture hôtelière], "Prozess/Process" pp. 220-225 (214-232, 296)
Franz Sam, Irene Ott-Reinisch, "Amerikanische Details Für Österreich/American Details for Austria", Detail 3/2007 [Hotels/Hotel Design/Architecture hôtelière], "Prozess/Process" pp. 226-232 (214-232, 296)
Steven Holl, Loisium. World of Wine, Hatje Cantz, 2007
Francesca Chiorino, Architettura e vino. Nuove cantine e il culto del vino, Mondadori Electa, Milano 2007, pp. 140-151
Dietmar Steiner. Margherita Spiluttini (photo), "Hotel vinicolo/Hotel Winery", Domus 893, giugno/june 2006, pp. 34-41
"Loisium Hotel Spa Resort and Wine Center, Langenlois, Austria. Steven Holl Architects", GA Document 89, december 2005, pp. 42-61
Fabio Quilci, "Loisium Visitor Centre & Hotel", Il progetto 23, marzo/march 2005, pp. 30-35
Lilli Hollein, "Architettura per una biografia/Built and written biography", I luoghi del viaggiare/Travel settings allegato a/published with Domus 875, novembre/november 2004, pp. 80-87
Liane Lefaivre, "Steven Holl counters sprawl and pastiche with his Loisium, a tilting, aluminium-clad visitors' center that holds its own in Austrian wine country", Architectural Record 7/2004, july 2004, pp. 114-119
Valentina Sonzogni, "'Below in over the ground': le nouveau Loisium, Langenlois, Autriche/Loisium winery, Langenlois, Austria. Steven Holl Architects", L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui 351, mars-avril/march-april 2004, pp. 16-18
Rita Capezzuto (ed.), "La Casa del vino/The House of Wine", Domus 867, febbraio/february 2004, pp. 24-41

Dietmar Steiner, "Verso il mondo delle cantine/The Cult of the Vineyard", Domus 867, febbraio/february 2004, pp. 26-28 (24-41)

Pierluigi Nicolin, "Steven Holl e il Nichilismo/Steven Holl and Nihilism", Domus 867, febbraio/february 2004, pp. 32-40 (24-41)
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CLIENT
 
 
Loisium Hotelbetriebs GmbH & Co. KG
Kellerwelt Betriebs GmbH & Co.
Nidetzky, Steininger, Heimerl
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AMOUNT
 
 
€ 11.040.000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
hotel and thermal bath sq.m. 7.000
site sq.m.. 10.760
Dimensions
m. 25 x 25
Height
m. 13
Volume
m³ 28.930
Number
rooms 80
suites 2
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Arge Retter & Partner GmbH, Krems
Toms Ziviltechniker GmbH, Wien
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
ko a la Landsschaftsplanung, Kumber bei Graz
Wagner & Weitlaner WasserWerkstatt OEG, Wien
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STAFF
 
Project
Steven Holl Architects
Project architect
Christian Wassmann (Steven Holl Architects)
Irene Ott-Reinisch (ARGE Architekten)
Architect of record
ARGE Architekten - Irene Ott-Reinisch, Franz Sam
Design team
Garrick Ambrose, Dominick Bachmann, Rodolfo Dias, Peter Englaender, Johan van Lierop, Chris McVoy, Ernest Ng, Olaf Schmidt, Brett Snyder, Irene Vogt (Steven Holl Architects)
Simone Ammersdorfer, Andreas laimer, Bernd Leopold, Karin Sam (ARGE Architekten)
Collaborators
Martin Cox, Jason Frantzen, Brian Melcher, Olaf Schmidt
Designer
Solange Fabião, New York (doorhandle)
Construction management
ARGE Architekten - Irene Ott-Reinisch, Franz Sam
Systems
Altherm Engineering, Baden
Contractor
Steiner & Strabag, Lagenlois
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ANNOTATIONS
 
 
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See dossier Loisium Weinwelt
 
 
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