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Hospitable habitats, downtime decor and the art of luxe leisure

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Peak performance A scattered hotel at high altitude in the Italian mountains respects both local traditions and environmental concerns









The compact size of the wellness area provides a particularly cosy and welcoming atmosphere, with a special highlight of a panoramic sauna

Warm, soft, mostly indirect or pendular light creates private corners and zones with only the moon and stars to be seen in the window frames

Despite the mere 21sq m, the guest rooms offer a great sense of comfort and public spaces have an inviting character, with wood and traditional materials

The Zallinger provides refuge, not only to its hotel guests, but the restaurant and bar/lounge area are open for the frequent hiker or skier to enjoy as well

The ClimaHotel Gold-certified hotel aims to reduce its carbon footprint to a minimum by Km0 materials and the use of wood chips as a biomass solid fuel




December 2019


Images: Alex Filz

Berghaus Zallinger, Luisa Schenk and Markus Burger The Zallinger Hut was built in the middle of the 19th century at a height of 2,200m, below the Sassopiatto mountain in the Dolomites. It was surrounded by seven barns and a small church. With the renovation and expansion of the Zallinger Refuge at the Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi, a new model of hospitality was born – serving as a good example of responsible tourism. The project has created new spaces without altering the existing volumes, and at the same time has returned to the historic settlement with the characteristics of the original small village. For example, it was

decided not to illuminate the paths connecting the chalets and the shelter to avoid light pollution and allow guests, equipped with lanterns, to admire the charm of the starry sky. Through the solutions and materials adopted, the magic of that era was brought back to life, respecting both the environment and traditions. A further concern was to consciously keep the flow of cars to a bare minimum in an area which has seen strong visitor growth in recent years. Since 2017 the arrivals to the guesthouses occur only by bus or, in winter, with the ‘snowcat’.


ARCHITECT & INTERIOR DESIGNER Noa* Network of Architecture We want to propose new models of life and hospitality that on the one hand recover traditional forms and materials, and on the other, express quality of design, high levels of comfort and sustainability. The aim was to improve the quality and accommodation capacity of an old high mountain hotel structure without altering the delicate landscape and environmental balance. Furthermore, we think it’s also important to think of new spaces and ways to inhabit it: environments on a human scale, comfortable, welcoming, but above all unique and authentic.

The 19th-century barns have been reborn as minichalets, which bring back the charm of an Alpine village. The hotel is rediscovering the traditional structure of the South Tyrolean mountain pastures in a modern way. Sustainability, respect for the mountains and direct contact with nature were the guiding principles for the design. Therefore, it has been built with maximum environmental protection in every aspect of the construction – with all materials being certified – and has also obtained the ClimaHotel certification.

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