A 14th Century Family Estate Turned Into a Modern Retreat That Exudes Organic Warmth and Comfort
design hotel located in Austrian Alps designed by . Time seems to stop in Saalbach-Hinterglemm. Just an hour away from Salzburg, traditional houses and hotels with carved dark wooden terraces pepper the rolling landscape of this intimate alpine town. Located directly on the ski slopes and framed by age-old mountains, a white four-story house rises above an ensemble of minimal, modern buildings with floor-to-ceiling windows.
Josef (Sepp) and Martina Kröll have transformed a 14th century family estate into a modern retreat that exudes organic warmth and comfort.
At Wiesergut, nature takes center stage. 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. Gogl has given an historic estate a new heart: the Innsbruck-based architect has created a distinctive alpine hideaway distinguished by its modern design and integration with nature.
The hotel’s architecture highlights its integration in the natural landscape. 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.
The Krölls conducted a “sun study” to maximize light throughout the property, which is why the garden suites have higher ceilings and the rooftop is covered in wild herbs. Local integration permeates every aspect of the hotel, from the sourcing of materials to the inspiration for its design aesthetic and its interplay with the surrounding landscape. Beautifully distressed wooden ceilings and floors sourced from local wood contrast with natural stone, granite, glass, and exposed concrete. Large windows feature throughout the hotel’s twenty-four suites, blurring the boundaries between interior and exterior space. Indeed, every aspect of the hotel’s design is intended to cultivate this slippage between inside and outside, between old and new. Rich earth tones and warm materials combine with the hotel’s signature hue l‘eau du nil, a watery green-blue color with tones that shifts and shimmer in changing lights to create an elemental contrast.
Bespoke furnishings by Austrian designers commissioned exclusively for Wiesergut add a contemporary twist to classic materials like linen, loden, and weather-beaten leather, all of which factor prominently in the hotel’s overall design concept. Minimal, hand-blown glass chandeliers by the German lamp designer Isabel Hamm and untreated steel fireplaces decorate the suites. Homey details are interwoven throughout the property and Wiesergut’s approach to hospitality is reflected in how they create environments for both personal relaxation and collective conviviality.
Guests can enjoy personally recharging in one of the garden suite’s terrace hot tubs after a spa treatment on the roof or convene with friends over the Wiesergut “Feuerring” designed by the Swiss artist and steel sculptor Andreas Reichlin to enjoy a barbeque in the hotel’s courtyard during the summer months.