Grapes

Grapes hotel + wineryebner + ullmann, optionstudio peter ebner, spring 2006 A home from home – a wine hotel on the outskirts of ViennaWine hotel (wine tourism and wine culture)This design deals with the theme of temporary residence. During the semester, a concept is to be presented for a new 5-star wine hotel or a 2-star hotel with about 70 beds, situated in the wine region on the outskirts of Vienna. The design focuses on the development of spatial concepts adapted to the landscape, and on the elaboration of the interior design and the guest rooms. Location: the vineyards in Vienna-Grinzing.The wine hotel, nestling amongst the vineyards, should evolve distinctively from its specific location and from the historic vinicultural tradition of the region. The design is based on achieving a special ambience far removed from everyday routine. The hotel should offer guests a rare synaesthetic experience through the combination of tasteful setting and epicurean delights.The hotel offers a variety of in- and outdoor lounges, function rooms, restaurants and cafis, as well as an area reserved for wine-tasting and presentations.The study focuses in particular on architecture suited to temporary residence. While leaving behind everyday routine, the guest should find in the ambience a home from home. Temporary residence in the restricted space of a \”hotel cell\” is seen here as a special form of living, which requires a variety of individual types of rooms. How can the wish for maximum individuality be met, in minimum space? Bathroom design is an important criterion; how far can this be incorporated into the overall concept of the hotel room? What should the relationship look like between the interior and the exterior of the room? How can the specific setting in the landscape be shown to advantage from the individual hotel room and the reception rooms? What kind of transitional areas should there be between the corridors and the rooms? To be avoided at all costs is the standard anonymous architecture with uniform rows of rooms, as found in most large hotel chains. The Winery Boom in AustriaAt Austria\'s southeastern rim, futuristic buildings are sprouting in vineyards. Such an agglomeration of buildings of the same style has not been seen since new, square wood houses were planted into the landscape of Vorarlberg, or the M-Preis supermarket chain in Tyrol. The new structures are scattered across northern Burgenland, around Neusiedlersee, across central Burgenland in the areas of Neckenmarkt and Lutzmannsburg, and down into southern Burgenland around Eisenberg and Deutsch-Sch?tzen. From there, the architectonic trail leads far into the south of Styria, where new and at times astonishing buildings are poking out of the historic landscape along the Ratscher wine road towards Leutschach….Wine and its buildings. At first glance the correlation is self-evident. No wine without a building. In its own time, the yield of every vineyard needs to pass trough the needle`s eye of the press, into the cellar, into ists barrel, into ist bottle. This course, is where the self-evident correlation stops. Because how things are done in each particular building, for which functions it is used, could not be more different.On the banks of the Gironde, where the famous wineries of Bordeaux are lying at anchor, an effortless choice for formality was made. Castles were built. Large portals, tree-lined boulevards, towers, battlements. On the one hand, all of this has a certain relation to wine prices, but does not, on the other hand, distract from the region`s capital: its tradition, its fame, its size. Visitors making an appointment for tasting at one of the better establishments have to state a purpose in order to be admitted. Even if they are, which is assumed, willing to pay the price of a small apartment for an o