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Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Italy Architecture News - Dec 15, 2020 - 11:31   7554 views

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Milanese architecture studio Peter Pichler Architecture has designed a hotel that is dressed up with a black exoskeleton in Maranza, South Tyrol, Italy

Named Hotel Milla Montis, the design of the new hotel addresses to the vernacular architecture of the region in which its curved, blackened wood façade design is inspired by a pitchfork used by local farmers in the region. 

The 3,500-square-metre hotel emerges as a contemporary reinterpretation of a classic wooden barn derived from the region. The region is surrounded by meadows and fields and the well-shaped mountain of the small Alpine village, just above Puster Valley, which is a tourist destination well known for its marvelous hiking routes.

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Image © Daniel Zangerl

This rural environment has become inspiration for the project in which the architects reflected those contextual parameters into design with unique scenery and impressive panoramic views of the Dolomites Mountains.

Comprising 30 rooms, the new hotel structure is divided into four shifted volumes to break down the scale of the entire structure while at the same time respecting the scale of the surrounding buildings.

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Image © Gustav Willeit

The architects created a curved shape for its exoskeleton façade that is inspired by a pitchfork used by local farmers. "Maranza is a small village in South Tyrol with a significate agricultural background," said Peter Pichler Architecture.

"The interiors are simple and functional, a timeless Alpine style." 

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Image © Gustav Willeit

The architects combined Ash wood with typical green loden textiles, adding a dash of color giving continuity to the natural palette of the surrounding landscape.

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Image © Gustav Willeit

As the architects explain, wood is the main protagonist of this project, it is used both outside and inside, creating contrast with the exterior blackened wood and the interior lightwood.

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Image © Jörgen Camrath

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Image © Gustav Willeit

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Image © Jörgen Camrath

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Image © Jörgen Camrath

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Image © Jörgen Camrath

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Image © Daniel Zangerl

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Image © Daniel Zangerl

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Image © Daniel Zangerl

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Image © Gustav Willeit

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Image © Gustav Willeit

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Image © Gustav Willeit

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Image © Daniel Zangerl

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Site plan

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Second underground floor plan

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

First underground floor plan

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Ground floor plan

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

Section

Peter Pichler's Hotel Milla Pontis features black exoskeleton inspired by vernacular architecture

South façade 

Peter Pichler Architecture was founded by Peter Pichler and Silvana Ordinas in 2015 in Milan. The studio previously revealed design for luxury suites with diagrid structures ensuring privacy in forest in Austria. The firm also revealed images for sustainable tree houses in a wild forest of West Virginia.

Project facts

Project: Hotel Milla Montis 

Architecture: Peter Pichler Architecture 

PPA Principals: Peter Pichler, Silvana Ordinas

PPA Competition Design Team: Peter Pichler, Cem Ozbasaran, Giovanni Paterlini, Marco Caprani, Alessandro Altamura

PPA Project Team: Peter Pichler, Simona Alù, Giovanni Paterlini, Cem Ozbasaran

Location: Maranza, South Tyrol, Italy 

Year: 2020

Status: Built

Ground floor area: 3500 m2 

Number of rooms: 30

Client: Oberhofer

Interiors: Peter Pichler Architecture 

Structural engineering: iPM

MEP: Reichhalter

Construction company: Gasser Paul 

Wood construction: Brida

Electro planning: Studio E-Plan 

Project management: Michaeler & Partner

Top image © Gustav Willeit

All images © Gustav Willeit, Daniel Zangerl and Jörgen Camrath

All drawings © Peter Pichler Architecture 

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