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March 3rd, 2011

Photographer Julien Lanoo has sent us his images of the recently completed Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom hotel by French architect Jean Nouvel

A five-storey volume with sloping roof stands in front of the facade, housing the lobby and entrance.

The top floor of the building houses the restaurant, comprising glazed walls on all sides and a brightly patterned ceiling that can be clearly seen from the street outside.

Elsewhere in the building patterned video panels in ceilings feature work by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist.

French landscape architect Patrick Blanc created a vertical garden for the project, including 20,000 species of plants.

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Here’s some more information from the hotelier:

The building offers a festival of light and reflections creating continuity between the interior and the exterior.

For the finishing touches of this purist aesthetic, the Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist has created glossy and multicoloured video ceilings, and the French architect-landscaper Patrick Blanc has planted a magnificent vertical garden, a ‘living’ wall covered with 20,000 species of plants.

Jean Nouvel is an internationally renowned architect who has masterfully integrated his contemporary vision into the traditional Viennese architecture.

The slanting, floating roof seems to merge into a glass façade allowing light to stream into the spacious lobby and illuminating the 5 upper levels. The elegant white, black and grey facades give a taste of the monochrome décor of the rooms.

For your meetings
The mezzanine of the Hotel Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom proposes a business lounge as well as a comfortable library and reading area.

For business events or special celebrations, choose from one of our 9 adjustable meeting and reception rooms, with natural lighting, equipped with cutting edge audio and video systems, and capable of hosting up to 130 people.

There is no doubt that these remarkable facilities will cause a sensation.


From its vantage point on the 18th floor, the latest creation of the Hotel Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom is its entirely glass-walled restaurant, which is constantly exposed to the reflections of the changing light.

Its airy ambience overlooking the city and its shimmering painted ceiling makes it an ideal place for an unforgettable meal.

The best of French and Austrian cuisine rub shoulders in this establishment directed by the French three starred chef Antoine Westermann, who is determined to make it the latest ‘place to be’.


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