An avant-garde masterpiece in the center of one of the most traditional cities in the world, Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom is far more than your average luxury hotel. Built by French architect Jean Nouvel, it is rather a work of art that blends its sculpture into this multifaceted city.
Conceived as a tribute to contemporary art, Nouvel has worked with a team of young artists and given the word “hotel” a totally new definition.
The avant-garde have always felt at home in Vienna. At the turn of the 20th century, the Vienna Secession came up with a completely new definition of art. Many other cultural leaders who were ahead of their time found the ideal conditions here for creating something new.
This spirit of inspiration and joy in creativity is clearly evident at Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom. There is experimentation here, crossing the boundaries of convention. Jean Nouvel has decided, among other things, that the whole hotel should be decorated in the “non-colors” of black, white and gray.
Different cultures meet in Vienna, and the result is a fascinating blend of art and architecture. The imposing buildings of the past are a source of inspiration for the architects of tomorrow: harmony between the old and new, the exciting contrast of different styles and materials.
Nouvel has drawn inspiration from Vienna’s Stephansdom and translated the cathedral’s design into the 21st century. An experience of art and architecture, of history revived in the present.