Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Space Created In Nature And of Nature

Note: Originally published at the 2Modern Design Talk blog.

When I think Spa I usually think of cedar wood steam rooms, neutral colors, and stacks of white towels. You can imagine how surprised I was to see this spa-like hotel in Austria. Known as Rogner's Bad Blumau, this wellness spa and hotel is an architectural fantasy with colorful and amorphous shapes forming it's city-like landscape.

Designed by the late Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, his vision was to create "life in harmony and in harmony with nature." All I know is that he created a delicious box of treats for the eyes and other senses. More examples of his beautiful work can be found here.

Two of their thermal spa offerings.

The Augenschlitzhäuser or "slit-eye" apartments and the Arcades.

A detail of Stammhaus or the main part of the hotel, which includes Reception and the administrative offices.

A typical room with an a-typical mosaic peeking out from the bathroom.

All images shown are from the Hotel's own website.

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