The traditional Bühelwirt hotel in St. Jakob in the Ahrntal valley of South Tyrol has been 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.

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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.

This house is great for

Singel travellers, couples, families.


Certified BIO HOTEL
Getting there without a car: By train to Bruneck, from there bus connection.

Owner picture


Their paths first crossed during their university days. Michaela studied commerce and then briefly tested her teaching skills. Matthias worked as a bank clerk. Michaela then inherited the "old lady", the Bühelwirt, from her grandparents, and was given carte blanche to do with it as she pleased. First, she applied some plaster and eased out its old aches and pains. Then Matthias got inspired, left 7 years of banking experience behind him, and got into the business himself. Today, Michaela and Matthias Haller manage the inn together with their three wonderful children. They're living their dream of running a very special hotel.


Region/Town IT – Italy, South Tyrol, St. Jakob im Ahrntal
Name Bühelwirt
Scenery small mountain village in the high alps
Number of guests Rooms for 1-2 people, Suits for up to 4 people
Completed 2017
Design Pedevilla Architects, Brunico
Published Various, high-ranking publications
Awards The Plan Award 2019 (Honorable Mention), Nominee Südtiroler Architekturpreis 2019, German Design Award 2019 , BEST ARCHITECTS 2019 Award - Winner, 2018 ICONIC Award - best of best, 2017 Premio Internazionale di Architettura e Design - Special Mention, AIT Award - Auszeichnung Kategorie Hotel
Architecture Modern, Old & new
Accomodation Hotel
Criteria Rooms for 1-2 (hotel), Rooms for 1-4 (hotel), Family, Hiking, Mountains, Restaurant, Sauna, Skiing, Spa, excellent sustainability, No car needed
Same ArchitectLa Pedevilla




  1. My husband and I stayed at Buhelwirt for 3 nights in early October. Wow, what a wonderfully unique experience! The setting was magical and it’s the perfect place for those who love the outdoors and for those that appreciate unique architecture . Our hosts were friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and kind. We especially enjoyed relaxing in the sauna after a full day of hiking. We can’t wait to return.
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