Historical architecture meets modern usage concept: "Phil's Place" in Vienna (c) Stephan Huger

Vienna is both: one of the most important European cultural capitals as well as an international economic center. With its centuries-old history, the Danube metropolis has a great variety of buildings from different eras. However, the architecturally impressive buildings cannot always be put to unrestricted commercial use today. 

In 2014, 6B47 set itself the task of preserving such a historical monument. The former Philips-Haus by Austrian architect Karl Schwanzer was completed as an office building in 1964 and has since been considered a landmark of Vienna. However, the building, located on the crest of the Wienerberg, no longer met the requirements of modern working environments and therefore stood empty for many years. 

The significant architecture and the good location on the southern edge of the city in the Wienerberg business park were decisive for 6B47 to carry out a comprehensive conversion including refurbishment work in cooperation with the Sans Souci Group. The outdated office complex was transformed into a modern vertical village: "Phils Place". 

A combination of serviced apartments, an integrated gym and two supermarkets creates a mix of uses with new economic efficiency. At the same time, the exterior facade was retained so that the character of the historic landmark was preserved. For this concept, 6B47 was awarded the FIABCI Prix d'Excellence Austria 2021 in the "Hotels" category.

 

Architectural jewel by Karl Schwanzer

Key Facts

Usable area:                             13,300 m²

Number of residential units:    135

Apartment size:                      Classic:                        31 m²
                                               Superior:                     38 m²
                                               Superior Plus:             40 m²
                                               Loft:                            40 m²
                                               Executive:                    47 m²

Project phases

Acquisition:    Q1/2014
Exit:                Q4/2018

 

 

Serviced apartments for individual wishes  

"Phils Place" includes a total of five different types of apartments, ranging in size from 31 to 47 square meters. The apartments are fully equipped with high-quality furnishings. This makes use of the concept of the US trend toward full-service apartments, which have also become increasingly relevant in German-speaking countries since the 2010s.

The concept behind it is to rent out the fully furnished apartments by the day or month to those who want to enjoy the service of a hotel combined with the comfort of their own apartment. The supermarkets integrated into "Phils Place" provide added value for the residents as well as for the entire neighborhood. The apartments can be adapted to the individual wishes of the guests through additional furnishings and services. The possibility of moving into the same apartment on a repeat stay can create a sense of home without having to sign a permanent lease.

 

 

New economic efficiency reduces ecological footprint 

The revitalization measures took place in close coordination with the Federal Monuments Office in order to preserve the unique architectural design language in all aspects. The interior, however, was adapted to the requirements of our time. This also applies to the ecological footprint: technical innovations enabled the former office building from the 1960s to be adapted to today's energy standards. In addition, fire and noise protection improvements were carried out. 

The revitalization of the "Philips House" as "Phils Place" thus also illustrates the ecological aspect of our 6B47 guiding principle of developing exceptional real estate while conserving resources.