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January 2014
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The Hotel Sofitel Vienna, a singular architecture echoing to Stephansdom Cathedral

Photo 1: Outside view of the Hotel Sofitel Vienna, 2 and 10: View from the hotel, 3, 4 ,5, 6 and 9: the Restaurant Loft, 7 and 8: Menu card of the restaurant Loft, 11: Dessert of the Restaurant Loft ©Plume

Designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel, the Sofitel Vienna Sephansdom is erected on the Danube in a building of eighteen floors in vertical lines and inclined plans.
Gray, white and black monochromes on the exterior facades, large windows and clean lines of the hotel interact with the Baroque and Gothic style of the Austrian capital. Inclines, covered with a geometric design echoing the cathedral across the street and the windows help to reflect and bring light, a major element around which the building was constructed. Inside and according on the orientation , the 182 rooms are decorated with a monochrome color from floor to ceiling: white on the north face, gray on the south face and completely black on the west face! In accordance with the monochrome color, each room features graphic works by Jean Nouvel, inspired by the Viennese artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and the transcriptions of music rhythm, performed by students of Fine Arts Vienna. Only the videos ceilings by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist and the plant wall by Patrick Blanc provide a colorful note to this uniform but not cold atmosphere. The restaurant Loft on the top floor offers a 180 ° view of the city, a gourmet menu and the feeling of being on a flying carpet over the city at night, with the reflection of the video by Pipilotti Rist in the large bay window. Magic!

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