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Casa2020

Staying at Casa2020 means spending your holiday in a former monastery— at Convento das Bernardas in the coastal town of Tavira in the Portuguese Algarve. The Pritzker Prize winner Eduardo Souto de Moura converted the more than 500-year-old monument, built in late Gothic style, into an apartment complex. The holiday apartment in the west wing of the building ensemble is accessed via the impressive inner courtyard with saltwater pool.

Region/Town: PT – Portugal, Algarve, Tavira

Scenery: Just a few minutes walk from the old town, near the river Gilão and the salt lakes

Accommodation: Apartment

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Freiform

Below the village of Verdings, architect Martin Gruber has planned an organic free form next to his own farmstead, which will be rented out as an extraordinary guest house. Like a nature observatory in the midst of the South Tyrolean mountains, the contemporary glass pavilion affords a captivating view across the valley. The design absorbs the topography of its immediate surroundings with its glass envelope and blurs the boundaries between nature and building.

Region/Town: IT – Italy, South Tyrol, Verdings

Scenery: Nestled in nature on the estate of an organic farm

Accommodation: Apartment

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A Casa de Aldán & Apartamentos Ardora

Overlooking the harbour, the A Casa de Aldán Hotel is situated in the fishing village of Aldán on the west coast of Galicia. Architect Alfonso Penela has created a building from the ruins of an old salting factory, which preserves the history of the place and at the same time radiates modernity. The reduction to a few materials—raw stone is combined with smooth cedar wood, glass and zinc—creates a calm, timeless ambience. Those who prefer to stay in an apartment will love the zinc-covered Ardora Apartments close to a beach that can be reached via private stairs.

Region/Town: ES – Spain, Galicia, Aldán

Scenery: Overlooking the harbour, close to the beach

Accommodation: Hotel, Apartment

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Das Dellacher

Haus Dellacher is considered one of the most important architectural monuments in Austria. The building is an early work of the Austrian-American architect Raimund Abraham, who achieved international renown, particularly through the construction of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York. Raimund Abraham designed the house in the Burgenland in the 1960s for his friend, the photographer Max Dellacher. It was vacant for over 20 years until architect Johannes Handler saved it from decay in 2015 and restored it true to the original. It is open to the public not only for architectural tours, but can now also be booked for overnight stays.

Region/Town: AT – Austria, Burgenland, Oberwart

Scenery: On a slope between forest edge and meadows

Accommodation: House

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Zum Egle 1336

Concrete and the Middle Ages! Zum Egle 1336 is a B&B with two rooms in the historic old town of Constance. Opening up instead of covering up was the maxim of the building’s renovation. Traces of the past were meticulously uncovered and put on display. For example, the raw walls of the two guest rooms show remains of old floral wallpaper and medieval murals with images of saints and banners.

Region/Town: DE – Germany, Baden-Württemberg, Constance at the Lake Constance

Scenery: In the historic centre, just 300 m from Lake Constance

Accommodation: B&B

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Castellaccio Suite

The Castellaccio Suite is a hideaway for two with a fantastic view over the Umbrian hills, all the way to Lake Trasimeno. It is situated at 600 metres above sea level near the village of Piegaro on the border with Tuscany. Cocooning was the keyword for the property’s Belgian owners when they began planning the house: they wanted to create a retreat for two people that would be truly surrounded by nature. 

Region/Town: IT – Italy, Umbria, Piegaro

Scenery: Hill top, with a fantastic view all the way to Lake Trasimeno

Accommodation: House

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Weingarten 1897

Something’s happening on the Moselle: innovative young winegrowers are reviving the rather dusty image of Germany’s oldest wine region, and hosts like the owners of Weingarten 1897 are bringing a breath of fresh air with plenty of creative ideas to the area. Interior designer Betty Kratz and communications designer Markus Kratz have combined their professional nous and love of wine by converting an old winegrowers’ lodge into a guesthouse. 

Region/Town: DE – Germany, Rhineland-Palatinate, Zeltingen

Scenery: At the foot of a vineyard and only a few minutes’ walk from the banks of the Moselle

Accommodation: Apartment

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Weinloft II

The south of the Austrian Burgenland is famous for its traditional Kellerstöckl, the old wine cellars of local winegrowers. Weinloft II is a modern interpretation of these small houses, mostly built into the hillside. The 40 m2 house is situated in the middle of a vineyard and opens out with a glass front over two levels to views of the Pannonian lowlands.

Region/Town: AT – Austria, Burgenland, Eisenberg

Scenery: In a stunning panoramic position by the vineyards

Accommodation: House

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Casa Sabir

Outside: a lively hustle and bustle. Inside: peace and quiet and the grandeur of bygone eras. Casa Sabir is located on the market square of the small island of Ortigia – the historic centre of the Sicilian city of Syracuse. The 85m2 apartment on the first floor of the house, built at the beginning of the 20th century, boasts a great deal of historical flair. High vaulted ceilings, old cement tiles and walls, which display the traces of the original plastering in different colours, characterise its ambience.

Region/Town: IT – Italy, Sicily, Syracuse, Ortigia

Scenery: Directly at the market place of Ortigia, very close to the sea

Accommodation: Apartment

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Ustria Steila

Renowned Swiss architect Gion A. Caminada from Graubünden has built a house on a sunny slope in the centre of the village of Siat in the Surselva region. It fits in harmoniously with the village surroundings and still stands out. The Ustria Steila cites the traditional building culture of the region with its lower concrete storeys and wooden log structure on the upper floor.

Region/Town: CH – Switzerland, Graubünden, Siat

Scenery: On a sunny slope in the centre of the village with a breathtaking panorama

Accommodation: Hotel

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