With a perfect location by the ski slopes in Austria’s picturesque Saalbach-Hinterglemm region, Wiesergut Design Hotel offers a memorable refuge for winter enthusiasts. There is a charming architecture twist about this project, composed of a four-story house from the 14th century which rises above a few minimalist, modern dwellings. While the main building displays a relatively compact shape and a matte white finish, the neighboring volumes are mostly defined by glass.
Nature takes the center stage at Wiesergut: “Monika Gogl of Gogl & Partner architect has lent her knack for materials and unerring eye for detail to the creation of a sanctuary of light, nature, and fresh air. An abundant use of glass prevails throughout the property: the garden suites, which boast floor-to-ceiling windows, connect to the manor building through glass passageways and the natural flow of light contributed to many design decisions“. Enjoy discovering the details showcased by the minimalist interiors below and let us know your thoughts on this contemporary ski retreat.
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