Peter Pichler Architecture, in collaboration with Arch. Pavol Mikolajcak, won a competition to design a new mountain hut at 2.000m in the Italian Dolomites in 2015.

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PROJECT: Oberholz mountain hut
ARCHITECTURE: PETER PICHLER ARCHITECTURE & Arch. Pavol Mikolajcak
YEAR: 2015 winning competition, April 2016 beginning of construction, December 2016 finish construction
LOCATION: Obereggen, Südtirol, Italy
CLIENT: Obereggen AG / Spa
ENGINEER: Dr. Ing. Andreas Erlacher
CREDITS: Peter Pichler, Pavol Mikolajcak, Gianluigi D´Aloisio, Simona Alu, Giovanni Paterlini, Matteo Savoia, Silvana Ordinas, Krzysztof Zinger, Jens Kellner
PHOTOGRAPHY: Oskar Dariz, Jens Rüßmann

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The new hut contains a restaurant and is located next to the cable station Oberholz in Obereggen with direct connection to the ski slope.

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The cantilevering structure grows out of the hill like a fallen tree with three main branches creating a symbiosis with the landscape. Each of them is facing towards the three most important surrounding mountains. At the end of the branches a large glass facade frames the surrounding mountains from the interior of the hut. The sloped roof shape of the glasses takes his inspiration from typical huts in the area, while the branching roof and complex structural interior expresses a new and contemporary interpretation of the classic mountain hut.

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The interior is defined by a complex, curvilinear and visible wood structure that gradually fades into walls and creates so called “pockets” for intimacy. It could also be seen as a new open space interpretation of the classic “Stube”, well known in typical structures of the area.

The entire hut is constructed with wood: structural elements and interior in spruce, the facade in larch, furniture in oak- all typical woods from the area. A homogenous sculpture with local materials.

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The ground floor of the hut consists of the main restaurant / lounge area. The bar is located next to the entrance and is directly connected to the restaurant. Kitchen and food storage / delivery space are also on the ground floor. Main restrooms, staff room and technical facilities are located on the -1 floor. The outdoor space is defined by a big terrace oriented towards the southwest.


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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

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).

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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.

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PETER PICHLER ARCHITECTURE | Corso San Gottardo 22 | 20136 Milano | Italy
Tel: +39 (0)2 80887477 | www.peterpichler.eu | info@peterpichler.eu

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