The Wiesergut Hotel in the valley of Hinterglemm, Austria, is a contemporary interpretation of an authentic alpine boutique resort. Many speakers at The Luxury Hotels World Conference I attended last week in Sydney spoke of frequenting guests wanting an “authentic” experience at luxury level resorts and hotels. But how can one create authenticity in a brand new edifice? Surely this authenticity then has to be contrived? Yet here, Gogl & Partners Architekten have designed a minimalist detailed environment that speaks of family run mountain farms through use of untreated wood, timeless natural stone, weather-tanned leather and cosy natural textures defined by warm glowing light fittings.
The atypical lightness (for Alpine genre), of the design is a the result of the high ceilings, generous glazing connecting guests with nature and naturally light and textured finishes contrasted with contemporary black framing and fireplace flues. It is purely the natural honesty of the weathered materiality, without resorting to Alpine clichés, which establish a genuine experience of the vernacular. The design could easily be transposed to a coastal resort and hence blends seamlessly with the snow topped landscape . The Garden suites shown above, (7 available) show just how immediately connected and grounded the planning of the resort is to the mountain. (Think twice about walking around your room in your undies).
There are 17 suites in the guesthouse looking out over the valley and ski slopes. The active endeavours on offer in the mountains would surely entice any able bodied guest away from the Zen like warm calmness of the modern rustic floating bed or sofa, just for a few hours to earn that soak on the hot tub or spa treatment.
Images from the Contemporist and The Hoteldesigner.
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