A Ho­tel that Pro­vides Shel­ter for Guests and Refuges Alike

Ekaruna - - News Round Up -

Si­t­u­ated in Vi­enna, Aus­tria, the Mag­das Ho­tel is a rev­o­lu­tion­ary es­tab­lish­ment that re­de­fines hos­pi­tal­ity. Serv­ing as a home for both tourists and refugees, the ho­tel of­fers 78 rooms for the tourists of Vi­enna, and two residential units that house 25 peo­ple who were forced to flee their home coun­tries in or­der to es­cape hunger, war and per­se­cu­tion. The con­cept was formed by Mag­das, the so­cial busi­ness sub­sidiary of Car­i­tas Aus­tria, and the build­ing was car­ried out by AllesWirdGut Ar­chi­tects just out­side the green land­scape of Vi­enna’s Prater dis­trict. Of­fer­ing a tem­po­rary place to live and work, most of the ho­tel’s staff are refugees them­selves. With a bud­get of only 1.5 mil­lion eu­ros, the ho­tel re­lied on a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign as well as spon­sors to do­nate ma­te­ri­als. With help from con­trac­tors, sup­pli­ers, res­i­dents and the refugees them­selves, the ho­tel was made pos­si­ble by the sheer group ef­fort of the sur­round­ing area. To stay within bud­get, AllesWirdGut pur­sued a de­sign con­cept that made the most of up­cy­cled fur­ni­ture, which in turn cre­ated a uniquely min­i­mal­ist look. No two rooms are the same, yet they all main­tain a vintage style with a hint of chic so­phis­ti­ca­tion. Sim­i­larly to the fur­nish­ings that dec­o­rate the in­te­rior, the build­ing was largely re­fur­bished and pre­served. The ho­tel was ini­tially a re­tire­ment home from the 1960s, and now, af­ter its re­design, takes pride in bring­ing peo­ple from a range of cul­tures and back­grounds to­gether.

Look­ing to the fu­ture, the ground floor will serve as a multi-pur­pose area. It will com­prise an en­trance, lobby, liv­ing room, bar and res­tau­rant, pro­vid­ing both a prac­ti­cal and en­joy­able se­lec­tion of ac­tiv­i­ties for the guests and refugees alike.

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