Grand Hotel Straubinger

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design Historic & Heritage
  • Company/Firm
    BWM Designers & Architects
  • Lead Designer
    Erich Bernard
  • Architect
    BWM Designers & Architects
  • Interior Designer
    BWM Designers & Architects
  • Hospitality
    Travel Charme Hotels & Resorts
  • Photo Credit
    BWM Designers & Architects / Ana Barros, BWM Designers & Architects
  • Location
    Bad Gastein, Austria
  • Project Date
  • Developer
    Hirmer Hospitality

Working with the layers of the past, so the apt motto for restoring Bad Gastein’s Straubingerplatz to its former glory.

The new Hotel Straubinger pays homage to the original grand hotel. It was born from the facets of its past, boasting understated elegance and poignant grandeur. When guests enter they are immediately captivated by the history of this venerable building. In the historical reception area, the room cards are handed from a velvet-lined drawer like pieces of jewellery.

In the course of restoring the grand hall, gold accents and the original ceiling in the side wings came to light. Historical elements that could not be preserved were given a thoughtful contemporary treatment. The grand hall features modern, fresh colours, refurbished Lobmeyr wall panels and a new chandelier reinforce the French-inspired atmosphere. The heritage-protected solid oak parquet flooring was restored to its original state.

With regard to guest rooms, the objective was to preserve the historical fabric, while judiciously complementing it with new elements. The patina on the walls, the surviving doors and other original artefacts are priceless vestiges of the old hotel.

Being a a full service multi-national architectural office BWM Designers & Architects do stand for a custom tailored approach and a cooperative development process.
The project span reaches from interior design and shop design to classical architectural design as general planner in any urban context as well as cultural projects, museum and exhibition concepts.
BWM was founded in 2004 and is led by Erich Bernard, Daniela Walten, Johann Moser, Markus Kaplan and Andras Klopfer.

Other prizes
2023 SBID International Design Award, Winner Hotel Indigo Vienna 2023 hospitality design award, finalist Revo 2023 Hotel Innovation Award, Finalist magdas Hotel 2023 if design award, Winner Hotel Galantha 2023 Big see design awards, Winner Revo 2022 18th Hospitality Design Awards, Finalist Jaz in the City Vienna 2022 deezen Award, Shortlist Hotel Gilbert 2022 Staatspreis Design, Shortlist Restaurant Figlmüller 2021 Iconic Award 2021, Innovative Architecture, "Winner" for Restaurant Figlmüller and Visitor’s centre at the Vienna State Opera 2021 Restaurant Bar Design Award, Shortlist Restaurant Figlmüller 2021 “Vienna Urban Renewal Award”, gold in the category of bravura for the Traungasse 12 project 2020 Iconic Award 2020 “Innovative Architecture”: “Selection” for House of History Austria (hdgö) and “Selection” for pastry shop Oberlaa Stadthaus, both in Vienna 2020 German Design Award 2020 "Excellent Architecture": "Winner" for Salon Sacher, "Winner" for House of History Austria (hdgö) 2019 Iconic Award 2019 “Innovative Architecture”: “Best of Best” for Salon Sacher, “Winner” for pastry shop Oberlaa Mariahilfer Straße and grätzlhotel, “Selection” for LGV-Gärtnergschäftl, all Vienna 2019 Austrian Interior Design Award 2019: Winner "Interior Design / Gastronomy, Hotel" for Hotel am Konzerthaus / Restaurant Apron in Vienna 2019 Ahead Award 2019: “Salon Sacher” among the top 5 bars in Europe 2018 Red Dot Award 2018: Winner “Communication Design” for the Austria Pavilion EXPO 2017 in Astana / Kazakhstan 2018 if Design Award 2018: Austria Pavilion EXPO 2017 in Astana / Kazakhstan 2015 Architects of the year 2015 Built in 2014 2013: Award for high quality architectural projects in Vienna, Austria 2014 AIT Award 2014: 3rd place for Hotel Topazz in Vienna 2014 best architects 2014: Hotel Topazz in Vienna 2012 Hotel Property of the Year: Hotel Topazz