along a gently sloping vineyard in in langenlois, austria, steven holl architects completes a 30-room extension for its loisium hotel. working again with associate architects, sam-ott-reinisch, the new structure expands on the concept for the resort’s original 2005 design for the loisium hotel and wine center. the loisium hotel and wine center celebrate the local heritage of an ancient wine vault system. the historic subterranean network, which includes stone passages that are 900 years old, underlies the urban plan of the town. the first two buildings of the loisium campus sought to create an analogical relation to the geometry of the cellars, with the wine center embedded within the vineyards and the hotel referencing the branching morphology of the vaults above. together these three elements represented three basic types of architecture: under, in, and over the ground.

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the concept for the steven holl architects’ loisium hotel extension, ‘out of the ground,’ connects to the original vaults with precast vaulted rooms. a reflecting pool at the entry reflects the curved geometry. the roofs and walls of the expansion building are clad in rheinzink. the matte natural material is pre-weathered to blend with the landscape and sky. glass walls at the hotel rooms provide views to the mountains, vineyards and existing loisium hotel and wine center. board form exposed concrete walls compliment custom natural wood millwork. celebrating its completion in may, the hotel will open to the public in summer 2021.

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project info:


project title: loisium wine and spa resort

architecture: steven holl architects

location: langenlois, austria

design team: steven holl, noah yaffe, lourenzo amaro de oliveira, jongseo lee, ruoyu wei, lucas almassy

associate architects: sam-ott-reinisch, irene ott-reinisch, franz sam, gregory holzinger, karin sam, daniel wohlschlager

structural engineer: RETTER & partner ziviltechniker

MEP engineer: KWI engineer gmbh

contractor: swietelsky AG

completion: may 2021

photography: © hertha hurnaus


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