Vienna Property: The Goldenes Quartier
Vienna has built an enviable reputation for style, sophistication and quality of life. In fact, it consistently tops the summit of best places to live in the world. The former cultural and political centre of Europe sits on the banks of the Danube and also possesses serious, green credentials with landscaped parks in half of its urban areas.
One of its most reassuring attributes is that it remains one of the wealthiest and stable countries in the globe – a salient point for investors.From a business perspective, Vienna is a premier international events location and its International Airport is a gateway to Central and Eastern Europe as well as to the Middle East and served 22 million passengers in 2012, with expansion plans afoot for an additional runway.
In a prime Viennese location in the heart of the city, at the beginning of the shopping area centred on the Kohlmarkt and the Graben, lies the ‘Goldenes Quartier’, which includes ‘Tuchlauben’ and the former Länderbank, ‘Am Hof‘ building.
The developer’s vision for these former bank HQs is to combine them into a single complex, creating the ideal hub for luxury retail, offices and living space. The addition of a luxury five-star ‘Park Hyatt’ will complete the project. An expanded new pedestrian zone will help accommodate the increased footfall.
The two buildings in this project and the square, share an illustrious history. The Am Hof originally formed part of the Vindobona camp established by the Romans – a Roman settlement was found beneath in the 1960s. Since then it was the seat of the Babenberger court, the site of Jesuit ceremonies and was home to the Imperial War Council and the War Ministry. Not to mention the ‘pulpit’ from which the Holy Roman Empire came to an end. Apart from the square playing a prominent role in Carol Reed’s film ‘The Third Man’, in 2007 Pope Benedict XVI celebrated an open air mass. After the reconstruction in 1913, it became the HQ of the Länderbank and until its sale housed Bank Austria UniCredit Group.
The building was the first reinforced concrete buildings in the centre of Vienna to be given a classical cladding. The façade contains reliefs showing Gutenberg, Columbus, Alessandro Volta and Joseph Ressel as well as a memorial tablet to Henry Dunant. The building was adapted in 1995/97 by Hermann Czech. It will have been completely refurbished by mid 2014 and will accommodate the ‘Park Hyatt Vienna’ luxury hotel.
The second building on Tuchlauben boasts the former Hochholzerhof which was built in the first part of the 17th century and whose facade enjoys protected status. The beautiful Madonna figure above the door was removed during wartime and kept safe in the basement of the Augustinian cloister.
The complex was upgraded with an internal courtyard functioning as a connection between Tuchlauben and Seitzergasse. It is light and accessible ensuring that it can be easily integrated into future plans for the quarter.
What of the living space? The penthouse apartments offer spectacular panoramas across Vienna, stretching to the vineyards on the periphery. They enjoy close proximity to the best restaurants, unrivalled shopping, exclusive spas and famous cultural landmarks. In the region of 3,300 sqm of luxury penthouse apartment space will become available at ‘Tuchlauben’ and ‘Am Hof’. Apartments are bathed in light and modern, spacious interiors are complemented by the use of high specification materials and state-of-the-art technology. Layouts maximise space in a thoughtful and playful way and there is a real focus on how potential occupants would inhabit this environment with storage subtly accommodated behind walls of white cupboard space and open plan design creating a real flow and energy.
The apartment terraces offer powerful views across Vienna, extending from the Kahlenberg mountain in the west and the Vienna woods foothills in the south, right through to the Danube Canal which flows eastwards.
There’s a grand vision on the table here. When the ambitious redevelopment programme is completed, the ‘Goldenes Quartier’ will extend the existing luxury shopping area of the Kohlmarkt to the Graben and beyond, creating a new hub for central Vienna between Stephansplatz and the Freyung. This will ensure the buildings will become a new entrance to the busy pedestrian zone at the heart of the city centre attracting diverse footfall from shoppers, visitors, office workers and occupiers alike.
In the vicinity you will find a diverse choice of restaurants, cafes and bars from the luxury Italian restaurant ‘Fabios’ directly opposite the ‘Tuchlauben’ building to the traditional, ‘Schwarzes Kameel’. Luxury retail abounds from the signature Louis Vuitton flagship store, Giorgio Armani, the global store of Prada to the new Valentino’s and Miu Miu. Around the corner you’ll find the big hitters; Chopard, Bulgari, Tiffany, Dolce & Gabbana, Cartier and Chanel.
From a cultural perspective you’re in easy reach of important landmarks and museums – such as St Stephen’s Cathedral, the Vienna Hofburg and the Vienna State Opera as well as the Albertina Art Collection and the museums of the former residence such as the Treasury, the Imperial Apartments and the highly popular ‘Spanish Riding School’.
The plan for ‘Goldenes Quartier Offices‘ has ensured that its on par with its ‘international’ neighbours in the immediate vicinity. This will be prestigious office space with ultra modern fittings and state-of-the-art facilities from 250 sqm in size, situated between the second and fifth floor and will cover a total rental area of about 9,500 sqm. Access is from Tuchlauben, Tuchlaubenhof and Seitzergasse.
Goldenes Quartier, Vienna Austria. The Facts
An exclusive mixed use development with luxury penthouse apartments created above the
Louis Vuitton store.
The development includes:
• 12 luxury penthouse apartments, office and retail spaces in a prime location in the city centre
• Office spaces from 250sqm
• Apartment sizes from approx 200sqm to 700sqm
• Prices from €5m to €15m
• Luxury premium designed interiors
• Magnificent architecture in listed buildings
• Retail space: 8,500 sqm at ‘Tuchlauben’
• Retail space: 3,000 sqm at ‘Am Hof’
Park Hyatt Hotel, Vienna
• 143 rooms, including 35 suites.
• All-day dining restaurant
• Lobby and cigar lounges and a hotel bar
• Conference facility with 640 sqm of meeting space
• Gym and Spa.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg and the Vienna State Opera
The Graben and the Kohlmarkt – most exclusive streets
HQ of OSCE, OPEC, the Vienna Stock Exchange, Erste Bank and the Verbund.
The building has its own parking garage.
4 car parks: Am Hof, Freyung, Hoher Markt and City
A taxi rank is located on Am Hof.
It’s minutes from Herrengasse underground station and the transport hubs Stephansplatz/City Centre
Pedestrianisation means low levels of traffic noise
Close to historical parks; the Burggarten, Volksgarten and Rathaus park
Contact: Signa Estates
Tel: +4315 329 848