"What I found behind the walls of the former officers' dormitory did not at all match the dignified exterior of the palatial building. The task was to breathe new character into an aging building."
Tall trees line the street, their spreading crowns providing pleasant shade. A few minutes away from the bustling Würstelprater, the tranquility of the awakening day reigns here. In the midst of this scenery, lies the Palais de Bohème – Hotel Zola.
THE OVERALL CONCEPT
The name and idea was given by the French writer Émile Zola, who founded the current of naturalism in his works. Naturalism was thus also Alexander Queisser's guiding principle for the concept of the walls and the concept of the interior design.
Alexander Queisser has given the walls a unique appearance with elaborate patina techniques.
The walls were primed and cement plaster was applied. As an aggregate he has used marble chippings from Carrara.
He manipulated this base and worked in floral ornaments with pattern rollers.
"It all looks like
raw natural decay"
1ST AND 2ND FLOOR
TWO WORLDS OF COLORS
The concept of ornamental stripes and borders runs through all 18 rooms. What changes is the coloration.
Alexander Queisser created two color worlds by enriching the plaster with different pigments. Once burnt umbra, once french ocher.
As the basic color of the rooms changes, so do the motifs of the ornaments and borders.
THE RAW PROCESS OF "THE ROOMS"
Priming, applying cement plaster, texturing and applying marbleino plaster, which was colored with natural earth pigments.
Then a final ornamental strip is applied as a border, everything is sanded and refinished, primed and given a nano-protective coating.
The walls look as if the natural ravages of time have gnawed at them.
"The right combination of various materials can make the simplest stone look like gold."
Finally, he sanded the walls to subtly bring out the tracings of the putty and the rolled-in images of the base plaster.