Peter Pichler Architecture won a competition in 2015 to fully reconstruct the existing “Hotel Schgaguler”, located in the heart of the Dolomites, mountains and landscapes protected by the UNESCO. The small village of Castelrotto in Alto Adige / North Italy is known for his folkloric culture and the relationship with its nature and surrounding mountains. The Schgaguler was built in 1986 and renovated in 2018 by Peter Pichler Architecture.
PROJECT: Hotel Schgaguler
ARCHITECTURE: Peter Pichler Architecture
YEAR: 2015 winning competition, 12th of March 2018 beginning of construction, 15th of July 2018 finish construction
LOCATION: Castelrotto, Alto Adige, Italy
CLIENT: Hotel Schgaguler
PETER PICHLER ARCHITECTURE Team:
PPA Principals: Peter Pichler / Silvana Ordinas
PPA Project Architect: Simona Alu’
PPA Design Team: Peter Pichler, Simona Alu’, Giovanni Paterlini, Daniele Colombati, Cem Ozbasaran, Gianluigi D´Aloisio, Ugo Licciardi
INTERIORS: Peter Pichler Architecture and Martin Schgaguler
TENDERING: Jens Kellner
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT: HGV
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: Baucon, Ing. Simon Neulichedl
MEP ENGINEERING / FIRE: Studio Contact
LIGHTING CONSULTING: Lichtstudio Eisenkeil
LANDSCAPE ART PHOTOS: Martin Schgaguler
PHOTOGRAPHY: Oskar Dariz, Martin Schgaguler
A simple and timeless architectural design is the main protagonist of the charming boutique hotel. Alpine style with reduced aesthetics creates an authentic sense of well-being. An open and transparent house attracts guests and invites visitors to come in and feel the connection to the picturesque village and its surrounding mountains. The Project consists of three monolithic volumes, following the original structure of the house before reconstruction. While respecting local context and its surroundings, the strong architectural identity of the Hotel follows a contemporary reinterpretation of the alpine style and plays with vernacular elements such as the typical sloped roof.
The expressive exoskeleton facade changes according to orientation and program. At the north/east facade, with mostly corridors and public spaces, the almost sculptural structure is less depth. At the south facade the tapered geometry has more depth and creates loggias with natural shading. The bright grey color of the chalk containing render of the facade is inspired by the rocks of the surrounding mountains.
Tradition and culture are key elements in the design of the Hotel. Simple and functional interiors with open layouts are combined with local materials such as chestnut wood or local Stones and textiles. Public spaces like lobby, bar and restaurant are located on the ground floor. The Bar connects to a wide and sunny terrace with impressive views towards the Sciliar mountain. The underground level hosts the wellness facilities, Spa and beauty.
The rooms and suites are located in the above levels and are characterized by timeless design that evokes a cosy atmosphere. Open bathrooms with free-standing bathtubs invite you taking a soothing bath after a hike or ski tour.
PPA is a Milan based architecture and Design firm dedicated to develop an innovative and contemporary approach towards architecture, urbanism and design. Our declared aim is to achieve highest possible quality, excellent detailing and the creation of an integrated strategy involving the individual needs of the client. In all projects an appropriate integration of the architecture into its surroundings is a priority, all project solutions are determined and informed trough sustainability, value engineering and rationalization. From an early stage projects are set up with the ambition to develop intelligent building solutions regarding room layout, structure, building process and reduction of construction costs.
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Peter Pichler Architecture
Peter Pichler was born in Bolzano, Italy in 1982. He studied Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where he graduated with distinction in the masterclass of Zaha Hadid, as well as in the United States at the University of California (UCLA).
During his studies, Peter joined renowned architecture offices like Zaha Hadid Architects in London, Delugan Meissl in Vienna, and OMA / Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam. After his graduation he worked as a project architect for Zaha Hadid Architects in Hamburg, researching and working on award winning projects and competitions in several countries. In 2015, he founded Peter Pichler Architecture in Milan together with his wife Silvana Ordinas.
Peter believes that architecture must have a strong bond with the culture and history of a specific place. He is interested in the analysis and research of vernacular architecture, materials, and elements that combined with technology can express a contemporary interpretation of the past.
He was nominated as the young Italian talent by the National Chamber of Architects in Italy and was a finalist at the Gold Medal of Architecture Price of the Triennale di Milano. Despite his young age, he has already designed and completed award-winning buildings and was a finalist at the Dezeen Awards for Emerging Architect of the Year. Furthermore, Peter takes an active part in architecture discourses around the globe, in which he was an invited speaker at the 14th International Alvar Aalto Symposium in Finland, the Venice Biennale of Architecture, and has conducted several workshops and lectures in Asia. He is a registered Architect in Italy and a member of the chamber of architects of the autonomous Province of Bolzano.