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Zeitgeist Secrets

The Zeitgeist Vienna is not a conventional hotel. Our house is unique and does not remain in a finished state – it lives, grows, thrives, was (and is) planned by architects, artists and creative minds, furnished by skilled craftsmen and managed by ambitious professionals who are committed to this diversity and liveliness.

How a trout found its way into the hotel…

We were determined to meet the guests’ high expectations of a well-functioning reception desk in terms of design. Regardless of how the motif was found, the image decorating the reception desk is a coin-sized section of the skin of a young rainbow trout, which was carefully pulled out of the beautiful Kamp River by a fly fisherman and carefully put back in the water immediately after being photographed.

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Why not scan the floor?

Depending on the weather and temperature preferences, we offer both a small covered sidewalk café on the road side and a spacious guest garden in the courtyard. The path there leads across a very unusual pedestrian walkway: the “zebra crossing” in front of the hotel’s main entrance represents a barcode which, when scanned, results in the letter “Z”.

Playing Hide and Seek with the Zeitgeist Logo

In plain sight and yet inconspicuous. Time may pass, but the attentive guest always encounters one element in Zeitgeist Vienna – be it in glass surfaces, the bumper guard of the boccia course in the hotel’s inner courtyard or the room card: the pergola. It is the wooden construction that greets the guest upon entering the hotel on the ceiling, separates the bar from the reception and directs the step towards the guest garden in our courtyard. The Pergola Bar owes its name to this structure, and the Hotel Zeitgeist its logo.

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Where the spirit of time spends their time

Most people associate a tent with memories of their youth or holidays when they could not afford to stay in a hotel. Still, everyone is in agreement: ” Nonetheless, it was nice back then”. The tent connects memories with the reality of the situation. There are two main reasons why the tent was placed on top of the back office: 1. as a concept, a tent and a hotel fit together perfectly. 2. the space was available. In the light of the evening, you can spot the outline of the Zeitgeist in the tent, which likes to sleep there.

An essay in the hotel room mirrors

ZEITGEIST – A word with origins in the era of the Enlightenment, which was extremely groundbreaking for the spiritual development of mankind. Whenever a name with a historical reference is used, one has to be conscious of its origin and meaning. Accordingly, we asked the writer Hanno Millesi to write a text about the terms Zeitgeist and Hotel. The conceptual framework for the essay was created by the visual artist Martin Kitzler: 254 rooms, 1 mirror in each room, 6 words per mirror are 1524 words.

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About handwriting and stickfigures

Prefabricated typefaces that anyone can use seemed too anonymous for the most intimate areas of a hotel – the rooms as retreats for guests. The “hotel artist” therefore designed a new typeface: his handwriting. Basic shapes such as circle and stroke are used to create all the elements needed for lettering in Zeitgeist Vienna. Handwriting gives the hotel an unmistakable character and a high recognition value. Furthermore, the exclusively designed handwriting serves as the basis for the signage and lettering system in the entire building.

A table in disguise

We have avoided (except for a few small rooms) the usual hotel standard with “the cupboard to the left and to the right into the bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet arranged in a circle”. Our rooms are well thought out to meet the needs of our guests in the best possible way. For hard workers or people who like to work in bed, we have developed a trestle that can be positioned at the same height as the desk and thus serves as an extended work surface or can be pushed up against the bed as an additional table.

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When dark times turn into rosy times

A young mother is confronted with a cancer diagnosis and begins to paint during her oncological therapy. She sells these paintings and donates the proceeds to other affected families. After all, affected families need support! Flexible, adequate child care at home in the form of classic family assistance and psychological support for the children are necessary. Existing offers are associated with enormous costs and at the same time reduced income. This is where the association “Rosarote Zeiten” provides financial support. We like the idea and the pictures! These are exhibited in the Pergola restaurant

Let there be light

When our guests enter their hotel room, they are greeted by the homely welcome light. This makes you feel welcome and makes it easier for you to find your way around. In the bathroom itself, furthermore, we have chosen mirrors with light pointing forwards – important for applying make-up or shaving.

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The “Cabanossi”

When designing our local café-bar Pergola, one of our main concerns was to create as spacious a bar area as possible. On the one hand, there must be enough space for the staff to serve the guests, but on the other hand, the selfishly motivated needs of the planners also played a decisive role: to create enough space to hang out comfortably at the bar. The initial motif for the design of the bar is a greatly enlarged photo of a very popular snack in Austria – a cabanossi, which fits conceptually well in a pub as a means of indulgence. In addition, a cabanossi has a strongly structured surface due to the maturing process, which leads to the very attractive texture in the digital processing.

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