The former weaving mill built in 1878 by Lodz textile magnate Izrael Poznanski stood empty for many years. But, in 2009, after two and a half years of renovation works, the red-brick building was transformed into the 4-star design Vienna House Andel’s Lodz. The Polish-Austrian architectural firm OP Architekten Ziviltechniker GmbH, led by Wojciech Poplawski, renovated the building in line with the guidelines governing the restoration of historic structures and oversaw its careful conversion into a modern hotel.
The interior design of Vienna House Andel’s Lodz is the work of the London-based designers Jestico+Whiles, who succeeded in creating a highly atmospheric experience while maintaining the industrial character of the historic walls. The old pillars and beams were preserved and the 100-year- old stairs and cast-iron gate were restored to their original splendour. At the same time, the new glass roof and the skylights illuminate public spaces. This combination of elements from the past and present creates a harmonious dialogue between the historic aura of the cultural monument and the language of contemporary architecture.
Since its opening in May 2009, Vienna House Andel’s Lodz has already won several awards for architecture, design and development. In May 2010, the hotel’s Restaurant Delight was awarded the prestigious Hermes Statue and in 2014, 2015 and 2016, it received 2 toques from Gault Millau.