DAS TRIEST

The “Das Triest” hotel arose out of the old station of the horse-drawn Vienna-Trieste trainline. That old building was point of departure for conversion into a 5-star hotel. The 2 1/2 story design was one of the very first modern expansions of  historic buildings which was approved, which subsequently made possible an economically acceptable number of hotel rooms. The design of the room interiors, which unfortunately was not coordinated with the overall architecture of the  building, lay in the hands of Terence Conran of London.
“No heightening of an historic building in the national capital is more convincing, no reference more refined (i.e. to old-fashioned conventions passed down over the generations of the immediate surroundings, e.g. the so-called Wiener Eck) in its supreme understatement. The fabric of this city has its own inimitable ‘nature’ and nature is something Peter Lorenz understands well.” Dietmar Steiner, 1998
Unfortunately, the recent conversion of the neighboring building took little consideration of this building, diluting the  character of the frontage structure. Nonetheless, for the city of Trieste and other inner cities in Italy, it still provides a good example of heightening historic buildings.
CLIENT Privat
LOCATION Vienna, Austria
PLANNING TIME 1991-1995
CONSTRUCTION TIME 1994-1995
PROJECT DATA Hotel, 70 Rooms
MODEL LA
PHOTOS Rheinzink, Pia Odorizzi