Network of Architecture has created a hotel project in Italy that embraces traditional mountain heritage with forward-thinking verve.
The project is set in a South Tyrolean ensemble of an old inn, residential house, and traditional barn. It encompasses two buildings: one hosting the public area with a reception, bistro, bar, and wellness area, the other the private area with a total of 15 guest suites.
At first glance, they appear singular and together they form a permeable courtyard context. However, there is an ingenious connection, a hallway that elegantly vanishes under an artificially created hill – hence disappearing out of sight.
The relationship between the centuries-old tradition of the rural complex and the exclusively modern architecture statement can be seen both in the mainstay of the structure – traditional gable roofs and a dynamic façade design with reinforcing slanted elements replicating the design of the struts and brackets of the historically listed barn while translating them into a modern statement – and in materials such as wood from the farm’s own woods used in the trapezoid forms.
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