A way ith Water. A Budapest hotel brings cutting-edge design to the Danube’s historic riverbank.
Situated ont he Western Bank of the Danube, Budapest’s Lánchíd 19 hotel is many ways an extension of the river itself. Its accordin-like facade, constructed of movable glass panels, ebbs and flows with the rythm of the water, thanks to a meteorological sensor ont he hotel’s roof. Decoate with images of life ont he riverbank-crabs, snails and aluminium cans-the exterior panels, light up at night, ading a touch of modernity to the historic riverside where 18th century Habsburg architecture prevails.
The hotel has had an affinity with water from the start: during construction, builders unearthed the ruins of a 700-yearold well that supplied the adjacent Buda Castle, once home to Hungary’s kings. The riverine theme continues inside with io glass briges sandblasted with ripple paterns. As the briges crisscross overhead, their translucence lends the space-a largely empty cube rising seven stories-an almost impossible lightness, as if it were constructed of sunlight and air.
Each of the 48 roomsand suites contains an original chair- created by notables like Philippe Starck and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec – which th hotel’s Hungarian designers used as inspiration to produce artwork unique to each room. A curvaceous white Verner Panton chair, for instance, became the brige that inspired a wall panel on marrige. „Every corner has another story to tell,” says the hotel’s director. From its exciting design to its breathtaking views, Lánchíd 19 (www.lanchid19hotel.hu) ensures that guests will leave with a few stories of their qown. By William Lee Adams.