The family-owned Valentinerhof hotel nestled into a hillside in the Tyrolean Alps offers magnificent views of adjacent Schlern Mountain. The owners commissioned design studio noa* (network of architecture) to design a new wellness center, along with 14 suites, a bar and a restaurant that will underline and reinforce the impressive alpine scenery. And boy did they deliver on that front!
The new hotel extension is divided into smaller volumes that open up toward the Southern Valley and the rock massif of the nearby Schlern Mountain. Inserted into the natural landscape and built using traditional building techniques and natural materials, the structures accentuate the interaction of the inside and the outside and feature subtle spatial transitions.
The facade design was inspired by the local traditional structures and ancient wooden fences. Floor-to-ceiling windows and wide terraces seem to sink into the pool, lake and seascape that surround the volumes. The new wellness area, lobby with attached bar and restaurant and 14 spacious suites were added, increasing the area of the hotel by 1100 square meters (10,763 square feet).
Thanks to the abundance of natural light and spatial solutions that unite the interior and exterior, the suites create a feeling of sleeping outside. The lounge area of each room contains a big futon that is covered in traditional linen cloth made out of fabric that is up to 90 years old and was hand-weaved on a loom from 1901. Framed by the facade’s wooden work and spanning over the entire western wing of the building, the pool has a fifteen-meter long infinity edge splashing down onto the generous sundeck.
Photos by Alex Filz