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March 19, 2013

Whimsical Austrian Hotel Blends Into Snowy Landscape

Whimsical Austrian Hotel Blends Into Snowy Landscape

Project: Hotel Wiesergut
Location: Hinterglemm, Austria
Architects: Gogl Architekten
Date: 2012
NON-ALPOLIC

Organic architecture is a typology used to identify a structure that is viewed as an extension of its surrounding environment. The term “organic,” in its reference to architecture, is attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright. Organic architects desire unification between the piece itself and nature. It’s similar to sustainable architecture in its ecological approach, but takes inspiration from the use of natural materials. Organic architecture is focused on the idea of harmony. Not only a harmonious relationship with nature, but in every element of the manufactured structure. When observing this type of architecture it almost seems to have a spiritual relationship with its surroundings.

Mario Webhofer Photo, Hotel Wiesergut by Gogl Architekten

Amidst the snowy mountains of Hinterglemm, Austria lies the Hotel Wiesergut, a whimsical creation of Austrian design firm, Gogl Architekten. The project required renovating the existing structure with more modern elements of design. The organic nature of its construction allows the hotel to blend into the surrounding landscape. Resembling winter with its locally sourced building materials, the hotel utilized dark timber, natural stone, granite, glass and concrete in its construction.

Mario Webhofer Photo, Hotel Wiesergut by Gogl Architekten

The hotel is praised on both its exterior and interior design. Floor to ceiling glass windows allow sunlight to penetrate the hotel’s interior, while also creating little contrast between the structure and its surrounding landscape. The minimalistic approach of using muted toned materials, high windows, and breathable interiors, allowed the structure to complement its surroundings without overpowering them.

images courtesy of © Mario Webhofer

information courtesy of © Designalmic

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