By Pari Syal Photography: Courtesy the architect
The newly opened Danube City (DC) Towers, Austria’s highest building by Parisian architect Dominique Perrault houses the Spanish hotel chain Meli International with the -57 Restaurant & Lounge’ offering a breathtaking 360-degree view over Vienna.
Launched on the same day as the Towers, Feb.26, 2014, the new -Meli Vienna’, is as striking as the building itself. The uniquely designed 250m high skyscraper has a spectacular glass facade and the hotel is anointed with floor-to-ceiling windows, offering an amazing view of the Danube River and the city skyline.
Your very firts steps into the lobby and up the spiralling staircase take your breath away. As the arresting element of the lobby restaurant, -The Flow’, the imposing staircase also serves as an entre to the large ballroom on the first floor. The hotel boasts 1,079 sq m of flexible event space, grand ballroom, and 8 partially combinable conference rooms, apart from being completely equipped with signature restaurants and state-of-the-art amenities, integrated with cutting-edge technology.
Meli Vienna with its new standards of international lifestyle occupies 18 of the 58-floor DC Towers and houses 253 exquisite rooms, including 40 design suites and 200 sq m Presidential Suite with 180-degree panoramic views. The top two floors of the tower are occupied by the -57 Restaurant & Lounge’ that offers a spectacular 360-degree view over Vienna.
The interior is a fusion of minimalist design and monochromatic colour schemes in a purist ambience. An intense sensory experience prevails as one experiences a play of chiaroscuro elements throughout, prancing on a material and textural palette that is rich, and uber chic. The quiet, subdued colour schemes, fine materials and the visual qualities of the folded faade, which gives the tower its distinct liquid, immaterial character, reflecting on a malleability constantly adapting to the light, are ingeniously mirrored in the interiors.
In fact, the physicality of the interior spaces is tangible with its exposed or rather -not-hidden’ structural framework. Stone and metal used in lobbies and circulations contribute to the tower’s generous and reassuring physicality. -The aim is to get the basic horizontality of the city and the public space to coincide with vertical trajectories,- says the architect.
The DC Tower is also the first sustainable or -Green Building’ in Austria.