Comparisons have been drawn between Berlin in the 90s and the Bad Gastein of today. Aside from the empty buildings ripe for reinvention, what are the other similarities?
There is an atmosphere around the place, and I think it's mostly the people who give rise to this feeling. Here, too, it is the creative people who see the possibilities behind the crumbling facades. It was the same in Berlin after the fall of the Wall. Bad Gastein has so much to tap into - a long history, wonderful nature and everything modern creatives are looking for.
What elements of the design and architecture were you responsible for in the renovation of the building?
The architectural concept is primarily mine. When approaching a project such as this, I always think about buildings from the user's point of view. In the case of our hotel, I thought about how a guest might enter the building: where do they arrive, how do they get to their room, where are the facilities? For example, there are rooms for children to play in that are adjacent to the bar and lounge. As a mother of four, I always wanted to go on vacation with my children. But I was also happy when I could relax and they could be occupied accordingly. I think that is solved well with us today. The children's areas are so nice that parents also like to check on their children or read the newspaper there.