Speaking of saunas: Fuchsegg is not a chalet village. Here, each building has its own function, its own spatial concept, which is why the individual buildings can only be reached above ground, on gravel footpaths that lead through the meadows or snow cover. “This allows guests to to experience the seasons and the elements. In addition, no seminar guest will be embarrassed to encounter a sauna visitor in a bathrobe in the hotel lobby and vice versa.” The outdoors plays a leading role in the coherent staging of the buildings, as does the huge open-air pool.
Childhood memory: blueberry coloured islands
The journey to Schetteregg is as magical as the entrance to the Fuchsegg lodge itself. The heavy wooden sliding doors of the building closest to the street open silently, allowing guests to glide into a darkened room. Blueberry coloured walls made of felt have a soft, pleasant muting effect. When guests hang up their coats, they also casts aside the cares of everyday life before stepping through a sliding door into a wider space. Inside, various lighting and furnishing elements create structured islands of space. In the centre of the space is a long table at standing height. Here, guests can arrive or keep an eye on the goings on.
Doors open into the restaurant areas on the two lower sides of the entrance. The reception and a spacious bar are on the sides, and opposite is a lounge. In the extension to the entrance, there is a sofa area in front of the fireplace, which is integrated into a floor-to-ceiling wall of tiles. Without exception, everything in the Fuchsegg lodge was made by craftsmen and women from the region. The colour of the tiles, which were designed and fired by Karak, a manufacturer in Vorarlberg, are reminiscent of Carmen Can’s childhood memories of blueberries. “We used to collect whole baskets full of berries back then. Blueberry picking is to autumn here as snow is to winter. The colour of the berry contains a high degree of black, which takes the coolness out of the blue. Combined with the dark deep reddish-purple of the pulp, a spectrum of colours is created that fills out the entire fireplace wall.
Guests are probably unaware that the tiles were created using an ancient Japanese firing method based on the principle of random chance, but they nevertheless intuitively sense their quality. Those that run their hands over the fireplace wall unconsciously grasp at the material and the colour.” The spacious seminar rooms, a lounge, a library with gallery and several reading tables, as well as a room for yoga or simply relaxing, with a wide, covered balcony in front, are located above the restaurant. In the basement, there are playrooms for children and the wine cellar. “In the spirit of spending quality time together, couples, groups of friends, families with grandparents and seminar guests are all equally welcome.Thanks to the individual buildings, we can cater to a variety of needs. Children and adults can spread out, there is ample space for retreat, for example in the Tenn, which is a kind of covered free space.”