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The Levante Parliament, Vienna: A Progressive
Hotel Concept Uniting Art and Hospitality
Berlin, June 13, 2006 - Building on the stylistic principles of the original 1908 facade, rationalism and clean lines mix with contemporary art and design at The Levante Parliament. The result is both an homage to the Viennese Modernist movement as well an exciting new addition to the hospitality scene. 

A team of international architects, designers and artists have transformed the historic building into a space that is both a gallery and a hotel. Black and white photographs by Curt Themessl as well as glass art by Ioan Nemtoi create a dynamic dialogue between restrained design and sinuous art. Over 4.600 square metres throughout the hotel are dedicated to the works of the internationally acclaimed glass artist. Nemtoi was also a key collaborator on the design of the restaurant and bar area, one of the hotel's most dramatic spaces.

At NEMTOI Restaurant-Bar, the setting perfectly complements the creative fusion of international cuisine. Dishes ranging from Indian Tandoori chicken to the classic Wiener Schnitzel surprise through new flavors and original spice combinations. Visual highlights include Nemtoi's glass bar and four spectacular glass "fire" sculptures, which separate the two spaces.

Nemtoi's organic glass forms are in keeping with the overall design concept where the natural elements of air, fire, earth and water are expressed in: spacious airy rooms, transparent glass walls and surfaces, natural building materials and flexible forms. Light-coloured stone, chrome and dark wood are design motifs throughout the guestrooms and public spaces.

The Levante Parliament currently houses 65 Superior Single and Double rooms as well as 5 Junior Suites. Five additional suites, ranging from 45-105 m2 are planned for the end of the year, boasting large terraces overlooking Vienna's city centre. Each room and suite is outfitted with the latest technology, entertainment system, designer body care products and luxury bedding.

The offerings are rounded out by a fitness centre, a sauna and infrared cabin, a courtyard garden, as well as a service philosophy that anticipates the needs and wishes of the most demanding guest.

Levante Parliament entrance

Levante Parliament bedroom
The original building dates back to 1911, and is a perfect example of the Modernist architecture that was initiated by the Vienna School and Bauhaus. Its main characteristics, still evident today, are an emphasis on rationalism, the elimination of ornament and the use of technological advances in materials that allow for flexibility in design. These are also the guiding principles by which the multidisciplinary team of architects, designers and artists transformed the building into an innovative space that integrates a gallery and the hotel. The glass design objects by artist Ioan Nemtoi have not only been given 4.600 square metres of prominent exhibition space, Nemtoi was also instrumental in the design of the restaurant and bar areas. The undefined borders between gallery and conventional hotel space have resulted in a challenging fusion of art and contemporary design.

The vision for The Levante’s overall design concept is based on an interpretation of the four natural elements – transparency and light represent fire, the natural building materials symbolise earth, the generously sized rooms with 3.3 metres ceiling height stand for air, and the lineal forms and flexibility represent water. A range of core materials including light natural stone, glass, chrome and dark mahogany wood were selected to communicate the relationship to nature and harmonise with the classical modern design of the building.

Levante Parliament guestroom bath

The Hotel is situated in central location behind the Parliament and City Hall, only a few minutes from the St. Stephens Cathedral and 20 minutes from the Airport. the owner is  Dr. Fuat Mehmetoglu. The general manager is Alexander Plappart.

Company Information: design hotels 
design hotels(tm) represents and markets an extraordinary collection of hotels worldwide. As an international brand, it mediates between privately owned, design-oriented hotels and the newest generation of cosmopolitan travellers.

design hotels(tm) member properties are joined by their common creative approach towards modern hospitality. Driven by visionary hoteliers, the properties offer guests an authentic experience through contemporary interpretations of luxury which retain the essence of the local environment. 

For 2006, the design hotels(tm) group boasts 143 hotels in 41 countries, and nearly 100 destinations. The company has its headquarters in Berlin and branches in London, Barcelona, New York, Bali and Tokyo.


The Levante Parliament
Auerspergstrasse 9
1080 Vienna
+49 (0)30 62 901 262

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