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Between special features and restrained elegance

Between special features and restrained elegance

Photos: © Rupert Steiner


The ground floor of the Le Méridien design hotel, on the Opernring section of Vienna’s famous ring road, has become an exciting, extravagant location that brings together the old and the new, offering modern living with an old-world charm. A variety of Pfleiderer products played an important role in ensuring harmony within BEHF Architects’ contrasting architectural concept and making the ambitious design a reality. 

Le Méridien is an international hotel chain in the four and five-star category and opened its doors for the first time in Vienna in 2003. After 13 years and a change of ownership, it was time to rediscover oneself. The aim should be a refurbishment in order to develop a new structure for the public areas of the building ensemble consisting of listed corner buildings, which provides better orientation as well as a modern interior and a cosmopolitan ambience.

A decisive architectural intervention is the transformation of the former entrance hall with its numerous columns and a relatively low ceiling height into a restaurant with a bar. The result is a sequence of rooms in soft, dark colours, with casual and comfortable living qualities. By using Pfleiderer's XTreme Matt surface texture in volcanic black, the company has opted for a surface that is extremely robust and insensitive to fingerprints and other traces of grease, so that the elegant appearance is guaranteed even under permanent stress in the reception area.

Reliable partners were necessary in order to master this temporal and logistical challenge in addition to normal hotel operations. "Pfleiderer offers a wide range of products of proven quality. The selection of surfaces, decors and structures is wide. Moreover, the availability of the products is always guaranteed, so that even in the case of further extensions or architectural additions, I can obtain identical products of the same quality in the shortest possible time when it matters. For me as an architect, this is an important aspect when working on a project that offers many different potentials and possibilities," says the project's architect.


Text: Artgerecht Zwo, Jule Milbrett