Hobbit Spa: Charming Green-Roofed Complex in Austria

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Looking like a modern art version of Hobbiton, the Rogner Bad Blumau Spa in Austria’s Styria thermal region boasts colorful painted facades, bejeweled spires, curving lines and green roofs all over. The luxury hotel centers upon an indoor ring-shaped spa that takes advantage of the hot springs in the area and features many reclaimed and sustainable materials.

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Bricks from old farmhouses were incorporated into the facades, and the wooden posts supporting the overhangs appear to be strung with massive beads.

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Trees and shrubs sprout from the many meandering green-roofed surfaces, which reach down to the ground in some areas to allow visitors access to these park-like spaces.

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Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertswasser believed that straight lines are ‘unhealthy,’ and his designs reflect this point of view with arched doorways, undulating walls and rounded windows.

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Each of the buildings in the complex is slightly different, creating a sort of village of cohesive fairytale architecture.


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