Take a 16-room "mini-castle" near Austria. Fill it with interesting and unusual contemporary decor, and you have the Hammerhaus. Photographer Andreas Meichsner of The New York Times has a slideshow.
The original castle was built in 1400 as a one-room home, and has been owned by the Staudinger family for nearly 200 years. From that humble beginning to today's showpiece, the castle is featured in the 17-photo spread.