Today, nothing is left of the previous Cobenzl Castle. This was built in the year 1776 by Count Johann Philipp of Cobenzl and stood around 500 metres about the building, which we now call 'Cobenzl Castle', and it was demolished after the Second World War. All that remains of that wonderful baroque edifice today are old prints and dusty plans.
The present Cobenzl Castle was always owned by the Municipality of the City of Vienna and was erected in the year 1907 as a place for excursions, and it was let out under a tenancy for example in 1910 to Messrs. Julius Kuehn and Ludwig Taeuber to run it. Today, the place can cater for an unbelievable sounding number of 4,000 guests, all at the same time.
With the construction and opening of the high road and the taking over of the tenancy by the Huebner Family in the Thirties, a further 'golden age' of the Cobenzl began. The Huebner Family remained tenants of the Cobenzl until 1972. In 1934, the Architect Potyka constructed the first annexe in 'Bauhaus' style.
It was Potyka also, who at the beginning of the Fifties erected the 'Rondell Café' which became the landmark of the Cobenzl. It was able to cater for several hundred guests. In the Fifties and Sixties, the Cobenzl was a particularly well visited excursion destination. The famous Cobenzl Bar drew many night revellers up onto the Hill.
After the golden age of the Fifties and the Sixties, the Cobenzl fell into a sort of 'Sleeping Beauty' repose, and the tenancy was taken on in 1982 by a new tenant. After early successes, the building could no longer be properly maintained without suffering intrinsic damage.
Following a multi-stage tender by the City of Vienna, the concept of Goodshares GmbH and Supernova Group was selected as the winner for the redesign of the Cobenzl. In the subsequent call for architects, there are 53 architecture firms throughout Europe, of which eight were invited to submit their detailed designs anonymously. After careful examination, a jury composed of the City of Vienna, Goodshares and Supernova opted for the concept of mostlikely architecture (under the leadership of Mark Neuner) and Realarchitektur GmbH (for the Swedish-born Univ.-Prof Petra Petersson, also Dean of the Technical University of Graz).
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