The house on the corner of Kohlmarkt 1 and Graben 18 counts among the most splendid and most exclusive addresses in the world’s most liveable city: Vienna. Surrounded by time-honoured stores, luxury brands and Viennese institutions, this is an excellent place to live and work. Not least because of all the art, culture and coffeehouses in the area. Businesses, shopping venues and sights complete the picture. Whatever you fancy, you are bound to find it right here in the 1st district.
As far as quality of living goes, the Austrian capital is not easily outdone by any other metropolis. For the tenth consecutive time, no less, the renowned Mercer Ranking named Vienna the most liveable city in the world. On top of that, the city is governed in smart, sustainable and innovative ways. In international rankings, Vienna has repeatedly topped the list as greenest city, smartest city, or the best place to go for start-ups.
What is more: Vienna has remained affordable for everyone. The educational spectrum and availability of young talent is top notch. The public transportation network is excellent, and the convenience of short distances for pedestrians is ensured by innovative transport concepts and a dense network of local amenities.
Handicap accessibility, shading, greening, and weatherproofing are always encouraged and continuously developed in the urban realm. Vienna is green. Its economy is booming. Its art, culture and history are no doubt unique.
Not least, Viennese cuisine is known for pampering any palate.
The house on the corner of Kohlmarkt and Graben literally marks the town centre of Vienna. Kohlmarkt and Graben are part of the most exclusive high-street pitch in the 1st district. Together with Tuchlauben and Hoher Markt, they form the historic business centre of the city.
Living and working here means to be surrounded by historical and cultural grandeur. At the same time, it is a place invested with bright prospects.
The history of property and building extends way back into the past. Originally located at the site, which also included the addresses Graben 16 and 17, was the seat of the noble family von Ellerbach after around 1350. In 1562, the manorial estate was divided into several houses, and between 1638 and 1640, a new house was built.
It was acquired by Heinrich von Maurer in 1869, who had been operating the shop “Zum Husaren” for fashion accessories and hunting gear. The name on the shop sign was eventually adopted for the entire building.
The present house was constructed in 1896, and counts among the early works of the renowned architect Josef Hackhofer, at the time still an employee of the Franz Roth architectural studio.
As a reminder of the hussar referred to in the shop’s name, Hackhofer placed the statue of a mounted hussar, designed by sculptor Rudolf Weyr, prominently on the roof ridge. Up there, it towers over Kohlmarkt and Graben to this day. Hackhofer, by the way, made a name for himself as architect by designing a number of bridges in Vienna. In 1934, the insurance company “Assicurazioni Generali” acquired the building.
Today, though? Home to exquisite shops, luxurious residences, and prestigious offices, the house certainly lives up to its grand past.
The house at Kohlmarkt 1 will satisfy any expectation in such an exclusive and luxurious address. Even the stairwell exudes a touch of history.
Historic tiles and windows, filigree plaster mouldings, and a wrought-iron staircase - all of it in Art Nouveau style - are bound to impress.
Nor does the modern lift compromise the ambience, as the lift doors pick up on the period style.
The floor space of 1,385 square metres is spread across seven floors and divided among luxurious shops, city residences and offices.
High-end parquetry flooring, choice materials and ceilings up to four metres tall ensure that the interiors are as impressive as the rest of the building.
In terms of technical fit-out, occupiers are in no way behind the times: The specifications of offices and other rooms meet modern business standards.
Kohlmarkt counts among the world’s 15 most luxurious shopping and business streets. The names of the tenants are every bit as exclusive.
The building is home to a Cartier boutique and to the storefront of a time-honoured Viennese jeweller. The French luxury salon Dessange pampers its clients on the premises as well.
The offices are mainly occupied by renowned law firms. Unique city apartments take up the third floor and the attic.
Overall, eight units are spread across seven floors and a floor area of around 1,385 square metres.
The ratio of retail units, apartments and offices or surgeries is more or less balanced. This means that the tenant mix of the house is both attractive and sustainable.
|Gross lettable area (office)||1,386 sqm|
|Raised ground floor||Retail||occupied|
(Rental area according to GIF/(MF-G I + II according to GIF))
This period building in the 1st district occupies a luxurious location in the business centre of the Austrian capital. Kohlmarkt counts among the most premium high streets in Europe. It is home to luxury brands and the flagship stores of big national and international brands. In the immediate vicinity, you will find the Mecca of Viennese gourmets, the Julius Meinl delicatessen. Being something of a Viennese institution, it is so much more than a deli. The restaurant, the wine bar and the in-house café are all highly recommended. The distance to the Goldenes Quartier prime high-street pitch is less than 100 metres.
The direct surroundings are dotted with well-known institutions of Vienna, such as the Schwarze Kameel restaurant, the Demel pastry shop, the Schullin jewellery shop, the MANZ’sche publishing and university book store, and the Italian restaurant Fabios. The Tuchlauben ice cream salon is virtually irresistible to locals. In short: Luxury brands, time-honoured stores, grocers, coffeehouses, restaurants, hotels, museums, art, culture, institutions, sights and leading businesses are all right outside the door.
Isabelle Thurn und Taxis, M.A.