News for the Hospitality Executive
Lánchíd 19, Named after Budapest’s “Chain
Hungary’s First Member of Design hotels™
Budapest, September 6., 2007 – Lánchíd 19, providing a beautiful view on UNESCO World Heritage sites of Budapest, is situated on the Danube riverbank, Budapest. Its innovative architectural and interior design enabled Lánchíd 19 to be the first Hungarian member of design hotels™. Thrusting the creativity of Hungarian artists, owners of the hotel decided to contract Hungarian architects and designers. In Lánchíd 19 each room is a different creative story, wedding ceremony in one, movie in the other, dance lesson in another and so on…
The EUR 7,8 million project of Duna Resort Ingatlanfejleszt? és Hasznosító Kft. marks an important development of the booming Budapest hospitality industry. ‘Based on surveys of the hospitality industry, today’s travelers are not looking for giant hotels offering faceless uniform rooms, rather for real aesthetic experience, authenticity and creative solutions of cozy hotels. Lánchíd 19 provides guest such a (sometimes astounding) design milieu that they will surely remember.’ – said Csaba Valkó, Managing Director.
The hotel opened on August 15th. Its architectural and creative concept is based on the hotel’s relation with its direct neighbourhood, conversation with the past and the active participation of guests. The hotel’s moveable accordion-like glass façade is an autonomous artwork. It provides unique pictures in the night, so the hotel stands as a kind of ‘lighthouse’ on the Danube riverbank. The movement of the glass lamellas that are painted with tiny graphics generally follows the flow speed of the Danube, but based on the signals of the meteo-sensor on the top of the hotel, the movement intensifies in strong wind and smoothes when the wind stops.
In the basement medieval walls and remains of a water-tower were excavated and renovated during the construction works. The water-tower was part of the system providing water to the Buda Royal Castle. The archaeological remains are visible from the lobby through glass flooring, serving as a section room for smaller events, e.g. wine tasting, exhibitions.
The hotel’s creative concept was made up by a new Hungarian initiative of design communications systems, namely defo (Design Focus). Many young artists of different fields (e.g. graphic designers, photographers, fashion designers) connected by their approach to play and experiment worked together in kind of workshops to make up the creative solutions meeting the needs of the multicultural guests of the hotel. This resulted in all the 45 rooms and 3 suites having an individual look. The walls feature the creative stories inspired by the modern chairs of well-known designers in the rooms, as if the recollections, fantasies and understandings of the guests entering the rooms were projected on the walls. Some of the rooms invite for a creative play, thus guests have a weekly wardrobe to dress an Erwan&Ronan Bouroullec chair, a George G. Sowden chair to watch a movie with, Philippe Starck’s Louis & Victoria Ghost to have a dance lesson with. Guests may also find themselves in a wedding ceremony, where Vitra by Verner Panton is the bride.
Staff uniform is not a confectionery there, the group elected this year’s Fashion Designer of Hungary made up the collection harmonizing with the hotel’s milieu.
Lánchíd 19 offers 45 rooms and 3 suites, all of them with
a view at the UNESCO World Heritage sites Pest riverbank or the Buda Royal
Castle. The hotel is located directly on the Danube riverbank, a hundred
meters from the Budapest-symbol Lánchíd (“Chain Bridge”).
Budapest City centre is within a further hundred meters, the Castle is
a ten-minute walk to the top of the Castle hill which emerges literally
from the backyard of Lánchíd 19. Each room provides free
internet access, a flat, internet-able TV set featuring international channels,
air-conditioning, minibar, safe deposit and phone as basic room fittings.
The specially designed suites offer large panorama terraces. Lánchíd
19 accommodates three conference rooms with a combined capacity of 100
participants and L19 restaurant&bar.
Architects - Péter Sugár, László Benczúr
László Benczúr graduated at the Architecture Faculty of the College of Applied Arts in 1992 then he continued by Master of Arts. He received fellowship in Scotland and Germany.
Glass façade - Szövetség’39, Nextlab www.designhotels.com
Creative concept – defo (design focus) - Dóra Fónagy,
Anna Dávidházy, students of Moholy Nagy University of Art
Staff uniform – USE
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