At the first floor of our vinegar brewery in Vienna's 10th district, we opened 5 guest rooms. Together with the building owner Erwin Gegenbauer, the architects heri&salli - Heribert Wolfmayr and Josef Saller - let uncover brick walls, wooden ceilings and steel beams. History turns to be present as you can currently see traces of former building works on the red brick walls. This industrial charm is reflecting the surrounding of our manufactory, which was founded in 1929. It is also punctuated through raw and rough materials as well as through clearly visible mechanical details. We relinquish any technical seductions on purpose; in fact the focus is on capturing the essence. For us the essence mainly involves the handcraft, which is contributed by plumbers, carpenters, bricklayers etc., in order to make a room habitable and therefore functional.
How important and contemporary handcraft is as a traditional cultural asset our guests can explore on our ManufakTOURen - guided tours around Vienna. We are going to visit small craft-based factories and market places, which are persisting beside the globalized business world of the city.
There are several elaborated specialities, which make living in one of the guest rooms an extraordinary experience. The concentration on transparent handcraft as central element is always in the focus: Jacks are hanging from the ceiling on cords; freewheeling water pipes are regulated with simple tap ware, which is fitted over enamel-wash basins; self-made light switches are operated with metal chains. Despite this conscious simplicity in our guest rooms, we wanted to create a cosy atmosphere with amenities like a good mattress, fine bed clothes and towels (obermuehle.at) and a homemade soap - handmade by our brewer Angela using our high-quality oils. We want our guests to experience an antithesis to the surface feeling of the raw and rough materials otherwise used in the rooms. The bed, which is made out of wooden laths without nails or screws, is placed in the middle of the resting area. As central element of the room it combines a shelf and desk as well as a cantilever arm for a kids mattress.
To offer guest rooms in our vinegar brewery is a logical development to bring all our products together: We serve our home roasted coffee, our organic beer - WIENER BIER - and organic apple juices from old breeds; the guests can savour our honey from the bees living on the balsamic-vinegar-terrace as well as bread, which we bake utilizing the precious residues of our oil production; we also serve our guests alpine - cheese and butter made in moulds designed by the artist Paul Renner; our guests are welcome to use our vinegars and oils for cooking their own lunch or dinner. Meeting point for all these culinary experiences is the big wooden table in our kitchen next to our little shop.
Next spring we will set out a garden on the terrace in our inner yard and populate our henhouse. Then our guests can grab their own breakfast-egg, or herbs and vegetables for their omelette. Furthermore our guests will then be able to use the swimming pool area and sauna on the 2nd floor of our house.