A Hotel that Provides Shelter for Guests and Refuges Alike
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.