Falkensteiner Balance Resort Stegersbach
As is well known, change happens in waves. The first construction phase at Stegersbach’s Balance Resort, completed in 2005, can be seen as as a wave that’s been transformed into architecture, a landmark visible from afar situated in the existing topography of a gently rolling ice-age sand dune.
Planned by Archisphere, the main body, which circles a central atrium, is partially hidden from view. This unique curvature, which fits into the unique location, arouses curiosity and at the same time makes the cubic content seem much smaller than it actually is, resulting in an interesting interplay of light and shadow at all times of day. Due to the orientation of the curved main body, the restaurant, bar and spa receive sunlight from midday to sundown.
The two glass panoramic elevators are also flooded with light: They connect all six levels and ensure simple navigation through the building. In addition, bridges extend across the space on two levels. On the entrance level the reception area connects seamlessly with the bar and ends in a subtly separated cigar lounge, featuring a 4.5 meter humidor. In front of it, there’s an extensive garden terrace. Fireside conversations can be had in a small library. One level lower, guests can access the restaurant from the elevator, either over one of the bridges or through the cozy vinothek.
The seminar area is located on the lowest level, where the atrium can be used as either a breakroom or a stage for presentations. The three seminar spaces, which can be connected, provide direct access to the natural surroundings and outdoor conference areas surrounded by hedges. Construction of the Balance Resort in Stegersbach followed an invited architectural competition in fall 2002. Ground was broken in summer 2003, and the hotel opened in March 2005. Everything, from the architecture to the above-ground construction and the interior, was completed as part of the project, and the architectural firm arch.eu planned the execution.
Photos Claudio Alessandri