PIXEL HOTEL prepares the room, the local environment completes it to a whole.
PIXEL HOTEL association leads each PIXEL to an unmistakable place for rest, cultural and natural enjoyment: – in contemporary transformations of traditions and cultur.
Part of the 1994 National Exhibition Upper Austria, designed by architect Friedrich Goffitzer, PIXEL HOTEL association (architect Richard Steger) redesigned a container, situated directly beside the Danube, to PIXEL AHOI-Engelhartszell which is now dedicated to art and lodging
The basic structure of PIXEL AHOI presents elements from ship interiors: a bunk, portholes and a supply compressed stands in opposition to a spacious lounge, where even two bicycles can find their place.
The reference of the building was taken by PIXEL HOTEL and carried on: „a stranded submarine, one of the other kind and it has all sorts of flotsam dragged with itself – AHOI!“
so close to the Danube!
Traditionally guests are shown the whole hotel before choosing their room – but in this case that would mean a veritable sightseeing tour that requires an experienced city scout! The easiest way would be to jump in next to the chambermaid who is doing the rounds with a small car. This is because the Pixel Hotel’s accommodation units are strewn all around Linz. It was first established when the Upper Austrian capital was the European Capital of Culture in 2009. In the meantime the architecture initiative set up by Sabine Funk, Richard Steger and Christoph Weidinger stretches beyond the boundaries of the city: there are no less than 20 kilometres as the crow flies between the various beds!
The newest pixel is to be found in the neighbouring municipality of Enns. Since 1568, a 60-metre-high tower has stood in the oldest Austrian town. A human fire alarm, the so-called “Thurner”, was housed there at the time, 71 steps above the ground. His modest accommodation, consisting of a stone table, wooden plank bed and tiled stove, was upgraded into a luxury holiday residence by the Enns avant-garde architect Christoph Haas, including a bathroom with a rainforest shower. Historical scripts reproduced on it glass cube provide information about the history of the tower. This can be felt when its bells make the whole stuccoed vault vibrate.
The oldest pixel, on the other hand, takes you back to recent industrial history. It is anchored in Linz harbour, which was important for the development of Upper Austria. Apart from the obligatory double bed, the tug vessel “Traisen” provides two berths, where evenings feel just like they did when the vessel was launched in 1955.
Of course there is more to the region around Linz than just its ambience. Therefore the Pixel Hotel has come up with a special kind of catering: it provides vouchers for the local cafés, and so the tour of the city can end very traditionally: with Linzer tart!