Visitors to the the ruins of a 14th-century castle in Vastseliina, Estonia will now have a beautiful place to stay in this beautiful guest home by Estonian architects, Kaos Architects. The Pilgrims’ House was clad in a weathered steel to compliment the ancient ruins of a 14th-century castle.

weathered metal building surrounded by trees
Located in southeastern Estonia, the complex is a medieval setting with the ruins of a 14th century castle and an old pub house tucked into the rolling green hills and valleys adjacent to the Piusa river. When tasked with designing a guest home for the unique space, the bucolic atmosphere prompted the architects to create something that would be modern and comfortable, but that would blend in seamlessly with the landscape as well as the older buildings on site.
weathered metal building surrounded by trees

weathered metal building surrounded by trees

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Along with the idyllic landscape, the architects were also inspired by the castle’s long history. After a miracle was reported to have taken place there in 1353, the castle complex became a popular pilgrimage destination. Although in ruins today, the site is used as an “experience center” to welcome guests who would like to experience the medieval way of life.

weathered metal building surrounded by trees

weathered metal building

To create the new addition to the complex, the architects tucked the Pilgrims’ House into a deep slope in the landscape so that it would not block the view of the castle ruins. Partially hidden by bushes and trees, the center’s weathered metal facade was intentionally used so that it would compliment the red brick and granite of the ruins.

weathered metal building surrounded by trees

interior room with benches and hanging chandeliers

On the interior of the building, the design went medieval through and through. High ceilings and wooden doors, brick floors and secret niches create a vibrant, fresh interior with plenty of medieval features such as the steel chandeliers. Various small windows are reminiscent of early castles, offering scenic views while providing the utmost in privacy. In one room, a jet black wall showcases white graphics that were inspired by old engravings, featuring the area’s long history.

interior room with benches and hanging chandeliers

long wooden table with barrels on the side wall

Guests will enjoy a stay in the Pilgrim’s House where the personnel is dressed in medieval clothing and serve traditional fare. Although the guest rooms are quite humble, they do have hints of modern comforts such as a claw foot bathtub and simple Scandinavian-inspired furniture.

+ KAOS Architects

Via Archdaily

Photography by Terje Ugandi and Maris Tomba via KAOS Architects

dorm-like room with various single beds

bedroom with wooden bed frame and small side table

a black bathtub with white curtains

long wooden table with barrels on the side wall