A. E. Köchert Juweliere
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The Vienna-based architecture firm BWM Architekten was established in 2004 and is led by Erich Bernard, Daniela Walten, Johann Moser and Markus Kaplan.
BWM’s multinational team currently consists of 60 people from the areas of architecture, urban planning, interior architecture, interior design, graphic design, fine arts and landscape architecture. The team’s specialist fields include urban planning and construction in urban spaces, corporate and retail architecture, cultural projects (museum concepts and exhibition design), as well as profound knowledge of buildings in the inner-city context, heritage protection and post-war modernist architecture. In 2016 BWM Architekten joined forces with the Urbanauts Hospitality Group to develop their ground-breaking gräzlhotel concept and take on a new role, namely that of a hotel operator.
In the past few years several outstanding projects have attracted international attention, for example Hotel Topazz in Vienna, the transformation of the 25hours Hotel from a 1970s student residence into a cool design hotel clearly rooted in the 21st century, and the redesign of the shop and café in the iconic Hotel Sacher. Other noteworthy projects include innovative hospitality concepts that translate urban trends for the lifestyle sector, as in the case of grätzlhotel, étagèrie and Wombat’s as well as the rebranding of a&o Hostels. In the area of exhibition design, BWM Architekten’s Austrian pavilion for the Expo 2017 in Astana won the Red Dot Award, and the new Austrian Literature Museum and the House of Austrian History (hdgö) deserve special mention.