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© Alex Filz

Italian Pastoral


As part of an ongoing expansion of South

The entrance to the spa is through a portal

Tyrol’s Apfelhotel Torgglerhof, noa* (Network

made from reclaimed timber, set within a curved,

of Architecture) has been working to bring the

semi-exposed concrete shell that tucks into the

rural spa hotel in line with the vision of its new

contours of the land. Inside, a central drinking

generation of owners.

fountain made from natural stone sits alongside

Having won a competition to design a multi-

a spacious lounge with open fireplace, as well as

stage expansion to the existing structure in

beauty and massage therapy rooms. An indoor-

2014, noa* has since overseen alterations to

outdoor infinity pool also passes through the

the project’s main building, as well as the

green façade, the connecting transition framed

establishment of a restaurant within an exterior

with Lucerne metamorphic gneiss rock.

shed and a series of 18 new guestrooms. Now

An adults-only area on the upper floor,

the studio has revealed its latest creation – a

meanwhile, features a Finnish sauna and

dedicated wellness facility designed to harmonise

cave-like steam bath, as well as a terrace with

with the surrounding landscape.

an outdoor shower. Characterised by curved

Billed as the new centrepiece to the resort,

wooden slats with large windows looking over

the building housing the spa has no north face;

the apple fields from which the hotel takes its

instead it seamlessly blends into a natural green

name, the upper floor also offers direct access

slope so that it is barely visible. To the southside,

to the Apfelsauna – an apple-shaped chamber

a glass and steel façade sits beneath a canopy

with a curving open staircase leading down to

draped in greenery and fragrant jasmine.

the hotel’s lushly landscaped gardens.

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