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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

URBANAUTS | STREET LOFTS in VIENNA, AUSTRIA by Christian Knapp & Jonathan Lutter

May 27th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Christian Knapp & Jonathan Lutter

Authentic experience has become an important value to urban travellers. Individual impression instead of mainstream sightseeing is what motivates modern tourists today to explore major cities. A new hotel concept now offers the infrastructure for trips off the beaten track.

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  • Architects: Christian Knapp & Jonathan Lutter 
  • Location: VIENNA, AUSTRIA
  • Total Storeys: 1
  • Floor Area: 25 sqm
  • Photographer: Julian Mullan
  • Design / Completion Date: 01 July 2011

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The idea is simple and convincing. Due to its proximity to the city life Vienna’s ground floor zone symbolises an area of unique urban character. At the same time massive vacancies of city shops urge for their revitalisation. URBANAUTS bridges both aspects using vacant boutiques as authentic habitat for travellers. Former shops become central hotel rooms – URBANAUTS Street Lofts.

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The concept is unique. Hotel is no longer regarded in terms of a self-sufficient building. Based on the theory of the horizontal hotel it stretches out over the city. Fragmentation is the keyword. Rooms are spread within a district, adding up to segments in different parts of the city.

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A quiet oasis right in the middle of the city centre. Entered directly from the street the lofts offer a most private and discreet space right next to where city life happens. Spacious and comfortably furnished they create a new category of Boutique Lofts among the family of Boutique Hotels. Their strong connection to the city is always sensible through the art work of local artists who are invited to account for the past of the loft.

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About the Design Agency:

KOHLMAYR LUTTER KNAPP | OFFICE FOR SYSTEMIC DESIGN is a design agency based in Vienna, Austria. Following a post- structuralistic point of view, their credo is the creation of systems not buildings. Each of their approaches into the fields of urbanism, architecture and design consider a wide range of aesthetic, social, economical and ecological aspects focusing on intelligent, clear and down to earth solutions.


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