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Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

Photo: Palais Hansen: Worm’s eye view of the luxury hotels’ brightly-lit entrance portal
Facts and Figures
Company PORR Bau GmbH, Abteilung Großprojekte Hochbau
Principal Palais Hansen Immobilienentwicklung GmbH
Location Vienna - Austria
Type Hotel, Construction supervision, Revitalisation
Runtime 09.2010 - 02.2013

Revitalisation and reconstruction of listed building on the Ringstraße

As general project contractor, PORR transformed the listed Palais Hansen on the Wiener Schottenring into a five star hotel with a wellness and spa centre. The Palais, which lies between the Börse and the Ringturm, is the largest private building on the Vienna Ringstraße development, and was built as an investment  by renowned architect Theophil Hansen in 1869/70.

Because of its listed status a reinforced concrete skeleton was incorporated into the old building over many integrated construction phases. It was agreed with the Bundesdenkmalamt (Austrian Federal Monuments Office) that the project would operate on the basis of partial demolition only, and adjoining structural work, construction and finishing trades were therefore undertaken simultaneously. Whilst some components were still being concreted in and even while demolition work was still going on, dry wall and rough-in works were already beginning in the core structures. At peak periods around 400 workers were engaged simultaneously on a whole range of different tasks in different areas, which required effective and efficient site management.

The combination of listed areas and new build areas, the many statutory constraints and the special instructions for exclusive fixtures and fittings all contributed to the complexity of this project.

The first to third floors of the revitalised and refurbished Palais has 152 luxuriously equipped rooms (Suites, King Suites, Junior Suites and a Presidential Suite), a lobby with reception, two restaurants with open kitchens, two bars, one large and one small ballroom, five meeting rooms, a cigar lounge, administration and staff areas, and storage facilities. The refurbished top floor and the penthouse floor above it houses 17 luxury residences (of between 130 m2 und 340 m2 in floor space), including two duplexes. The building is also equipped with room for events, a conference room with a capacity of 266 and fully soundproofed seminar rooms.

  • Ground area: 4,858 m²
  • Gross floor area: 33,204 m²
  • Usable floor space: 25,655 m²
  • Enclosed space: 120,000 m3