A successful team: Staffler and Podrecca
is the go-to architect for the Laurin’s owner, Franz Staffler. The Viennese architect is cosmopolitan and modern, yet knows how to work with historical buildings too. Franz Staffler tasked him and Bolzano architect Albert Mascotti
with renovating the Laurin. For years, no stone or tile was left unturned behind the facade. Podrecca later went on to build Hotel Greif
. “We are friends now,“ says Franz Staffler.
Together, the owner and the architect decided to keep all the art-nouveau cherry wood or matte-finish painted furniture that was still serviceable, together with the high-maintenance old double windows and costly wooden blinds. The window and door handles were too beautiful to be replaced; the old marble floors were re-laid to look like rugs. Meanwhile, Boris Podrecca made design sketches for new chairs, beds and sofas, as well as for the carpets in the bar and salons. The pear tree wooden panelling was made in the hotel’s own cabinetmaking workshop
, using his drawings as prototypes. “We often made five prototypes,” recalls Franz Staffler. ”Just because an architect draws a chair, doesn’t mean you can sit on it.“ At the Laurin, luxury shows in the little details. To the owner, that seems only natural. ”I want people to feel comfortable here. People who prefer not to stay at a Hilton, Marriott or Plaza.“