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Italian Bike Lover’s Hotel Concept Perched High Above Lake Garda

Posted By Brit Liggett On April 12, 2010 @ 11:10 am In Architecture,Green Transportation,Innovation | 1 Comment

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Hiding in Triangles is a new hotel [1] for bike enthusiasts [2] proposed by design firm Philip Modest Schambelan + Anton Fromm. The hotel [3] — if built — will be perched on a cliff above Lake Garda in Italy. It is designed completely with bicyclists [4] in mind. There are no stairs to get inside, just bike ramps which are perfectly inclined to get you and your two wheeled vehicle [5] in and out with minimal effort.

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Lake Garda is a huge vacation destination [6] for Italy. Located just north of Milan [7] it is a great place for mountain biking [8]. Hoping to capitalize on this trend Philip Modest Schambelan + Anton Fromm designed their hotel as much for bicycles as for people. The hotel is accessible on every floor by a series of angled ramps that flow off of the curve of the mountainside and into the different parts of the hotel. After a long day of riding around the Italian countryside nothing would be nicer than riding your bike directly to your bed.

The hotel [9] hovers 500 meters over the northern tip of the lake and has gorgeous vistas of the water and the surrounding mountains. An all glass [10] front makes perfect use of the sun to light the hotel during the day. The top floor of the hotel will hold all of the communal spaces — media room, snack bar — as well as a sundeck. Philip Modest Schambelan + Anton Fromm have used nature to inform their bike-in bike-out structure and it seems they took cues from all the right places.

+ Philip Modest Schambelan [11]

Via Design Boom [12]

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URLs in this post:

[1] new hotel: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/08/san-franciscos-w-hotel-makes-leed-history/

[2] bike enthusiasts: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/01/the-yikebike-a-fascinating-new-form-of-urban-transportation/

[3] hotel: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/02/british-supermarket-installs-bee-hotels/

[4] bicyclists: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/22/a-high-tech-bike-share-plan-for-copenhagen/

[5] two wheeled vehicle: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/29/blindspot-cycles-salvaged-motorcycles-reborn-all-electric/

[6] vacation destination: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/01/golden-arrow-lakeside-resort-named-greenest-resort-in-the-us/

[7] Milan: http://inhabitat.com/2009/07/27/milan-announces-the-world%E2%80%99s-largest-solar-rooftop-array/

[8] biking: http://inhabitat.com/2009/08/05/contortionist-foliding-bike-rolls-up-smaller-than-a-wheel/

[9] hotel: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/26/rotel-a-traveling-hotel-on-wheels/

[10] all glass: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/16/jean-nouvel-unveils-reflective-leed-certified-skyscraper-in-nyc/

[11] + Philip Modest Schambelan: http://www.scham.be/

[12] Design Boom: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/9798/philip-modest-schambelan-anton-fromm-hiding-in-triangles.html

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