To mark its centenary on 6th December, the building at Am Hof 2 in Vienna has been given a special present: “Am Hof 2 – The Pearl of Vienna” is the title of the richly illustrated coffee table book. It relates the colourful history of the former banking house in German and English. The address has always been considered one of the most historically significant places in the city. Today, the building is better known as the Park Hyatt Vienna.
After the Imperial Royal Ministry of War was demolished between 1913 and 1915, the first reinforced concrete building to have a classical façade in Vienna was opened at the Am Hof 2 address. Back then it served as the headquarters of the Escompte-Gesellschaft from Lower Austria, a major bank in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Exactly a century later the building again celebrated an opening, this time as a luxury hotel.
With its countless photos, this coffee table book provides an insight into the history of the buildings and streets of the modern-day Goldenes Quartier. It also tells of the origins and development of the Park Hyatt Vienna – from a first-hand perspective, as if you were actually there. It describes the archaeological finds from the Roman and Middle Ages, as well as the elaborate renovation work to restore the bel étage to its original splendour after it fell victim to a blaze in 2011.
The interior design was managed by the Dutch designer duo FG stijl. Alongside the modern furniture and materials, they also incorporated Austrian Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) elements by quoting from Wiener Werkstätte designs. You can find them in the bars, restaurants, luxury rooms and suites in homage to that great period in the history of Vienna.
Am Hof 2
The Pearl of Vienna
150 colour and black-and-white photograhps