Sleek hotels and snowy cabins abound in the small European country once known as the cradle of culture.
When Austrian entrepreneur Erich Sattler refocused his family’s business from mixed agriculture to grape growing, he needed headquarters to house the budding wine enterprise. He turned to his architect brother, Kurt, to design a winery capable of production, bottling, and cellaring on the ground-floor wine hall, with guest accommodations, presentation space, and an office in the wine loft above. Read the full story here.
Most homeowners would avoid living within striking distance of an avalanche, but Marcell Strolz and Uli Alber embrace Alpine extremes in Lech, Austria. The house, which is gently pushed into the hillside, has a large basement holding a garage, ski room, storage areas, and utility spaces as well as the entrance hall. Photo by Richard Powers.
Large wooden shutters help protect the windows against avalanche damage. The kitchen is the only zone of the house without protective shutters, so the glazing was toughened to the highest standard. Photo by Richard Powers.
In Vienna, a dazzling penthouse by Delugan Meissl has boldly inserted itself between traditional rooftops of the city’s Wieden district like a recently landed alien intruder. Sweeping diagonals cut across the facade of House Ray 1 to provide privacy and a modicum of safety for a dramatic outdoor terrace. Photo by Hertha Hurnaus.
The engineering of House Ray 1’s load-bearing structure was extremely complex. Since the house had to be built on top of an old building, the architects opted for lightweight steel skeleton construction. The living/dining area has sliding glass walls that open to the back terrace and pool. Photo by Hertha Hurnaus.
The Hotel Daniel is a 115-room boutique hotel in Vienna, Austria. It is in a landmark 1962 building, originally designed by Georg Lippert and Roland Rohn, that was renovated by architects Christian Heiss, Michael Thomas, and Thomas Mayer. There are no closets and no minibars in the guest rooms, reflecting the designers' minimalist approach. Features include a curved wooden headboard and a hammock hanging from the ceiling. Unfinished ceilings reveal partitions of the old structure, even down to the screws.
The artist Erwin Wurm constructed a piece specifically for the hotel. He and his team created a replica of a boat that appears to be dripping off the 7th floor of the hotel.