Viennese Guest Room – Raw Feel and Old Industrial Charm

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Architecture/Design: Heri & Salli
Team: Wolfgang Novotny
Project: Viennese Guest Room
Location: Vienna, Austria
Images: © Hans Schubert

Located in Vienna, Austria, in an old factory, Viennese Guest Room is a project completed by Heri & Salli in 2015. Founded in 1929, the old industrial charm of the factory pervades each space. Exposed brick walls, wooden ceilings and bare wooden planks give the bedrooms a raw, cavernous feel.

Description by heri&salli: We designed the Viennese Guest Room for the Gegenbauer Vinegar Brewery in Vienna. They created guest rooms in 5 small apartments in a Viennese apartment building, with the bare minimum of intervention. The main and practically the sole piece of furniture is the so called Viennese Guest Bed.

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Using stacked timbers of Siberian larch wood, we have designed a construction which combines the functions of a bed, shelf and desk. The beds may look spartan but offer amenities like organic bed linen and quality mattresses.

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Piled up squared timbers create a central sleeping area, the surrounding areas can also be used. It combines all of the functions of a guest room, any further furniture is redundant, the centre is the room…reduced to its minimum. We move about on the area available – the surface is the substance.

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Bricks, ceilings, floors are uncovered and make the history of the house visible. New installations like cabling, pipes, chains or ropes are nothing more than what they are. Technological seductions give way to visible construction details – a kind of negativdesign.

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As far as the bathroom is concerned, the stages of a stay are reflected in the sequence of the elements that are there – hygiene for nomads. We move about on the spatial field available. Any possible fittings and functions within this are rather temporary markings.

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Facilities include a share-use kitchen, a sauna and pool area, and a terrace garden in the courtyard.

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