The traditional Bühelwirt hotel in St. Jakob in the Ahrntal valley of South Tyrol has been recently extended with a modern wing containing 20 rooms/suites, a restaurant and wellness area. The new building is at once radical in its simplicity and visually spectacular; it is both contemporary and deeply connected to age-old local traditions. From its position on the slope, the building allows access to the main building via a bridge. With its deep, asymmetrical saddle roof it is considerate of the old building, robbing it of neither the sunshine nor its glorious views. The façade and roof of the new building were maximally expanded to the south and east sides. Loggias with bay windows positioned at oblique angles break up its black façade. The simplicity and clarity of the architecture continues within the interior spaces: the rooms and suites are pared back to the essentials. The use of local materials, such as the floors and furniture of larch wood and loden cloth, references the architectural traditions of the region. Above all else, however, these simple yet homely rooms place the view of the mountains centre stage.
What to do
Hiking, mountain bike, down-hill skiing, cross-country skiing, ski tours and wellness (sauna, massage treatments).
Why we like this house
The new building is radically different from the existing building, but retains its connection to the region and its history.