Located 2,054 metres above sea level, Zallinger is the perfect place for guests to forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Surrounded by peace and quiet, Zallinger comprises of 12 traditional rooms in the main building and 6 new chalets with a total of 24 alpine rooms.
The Zallinger site, which is located in the mountains of Italy, was transformed by noa* network of architecture who have incorporated furniture made of larch wood, open bathrooms with mountain views, cosy corners, balconies and comfort wherever you look to offer guests the ultimate site for relaxation.
Speaking to Premier Hospitality International, architect Stefan Rier said: “It is a fantastic place. It is now a world heritage site so you are in a fantastic landscape with nothing surrounding it but deer and wildlife.
“When we arrived they already had the structure. We did a historical analysis and discovered that in 1850 there was a village on the site. We thought that we should take the volume of the house that was already there and split it down into little chalets, whilst going back to the history of the site.
“We wanted to build everything in wood so we tried to discover ancient wood techniques. We came up with a pattern on the façade, which we took from the typical buildings in the area. The façade also gives you a sense of hiding. The light then comes in to break it up internally which makes a nice pattern of shadows and light. For a nice overview of the landscape, you can open the façade so when you wake up you can see amazing landscape ahead of you.”
Due to the site’s location, guests can either hike to the hotel or get in the hotel’s Almtaxi, which in winter is replaced by a snow vehicle that makes the journey though the white splendour of snow.
Stefan added: “We went up to the site by hiking during winter. We arrived during the night and met Luisa, the owner of the village. We then started talking about doing a project together and it went from there.
“It was a difficult site to work on. We started in 2013 and it took around three years to get things like planning permission and protection of landscapes sorted out. When we started to build, the land was very muddy so we had a few problems there. There was also a lot of snow during construction so it wasn’t easy but we got through it and Zallinger officially opened in December 2017.”
Following the sites completion, guest feedback has been positive. The project has also been shortlisted in the 2018 WAF Awards in the categories of ‘Hotel and Leisure – Completed Buildings’ and ‘Best Use of Certified Timber Prize.’
“People like it and the owner is extremely happy, which is most important,” said Stefan. “It is amazing to be nominated for the WAF Awards. We have been at the WAF awards for the past three years so to be nominated again is incredible because it is one of the most interesting awards in the world for architecture and interior design.”