In the mountainous South Tyrol region of Italy, the Apfelhotel Torgglerhof property chronicles a family’s history dating to the 17th century and its evolution from farmland to super-charming hotel. The synopsis goes like this: In 1978, one of the sons built a small guest house and restaurant. NOA* Network of Architecture joined the story in 2016, renovating the barn for guest rooms and the building to accommodates a restaurant and reception areas. In 2020, the Bolzano-based studio expanded the landscape.
This new chapter introduces two plot lines—a trio of buildings for 18 new guest accommodations plus a wellness facility. Concealed within the topography, this “green heart,” as the design team calls it, has a semi-exposed concrete shell with a wooden entry portal. In addition to changing and massage rooms, it boasts a Finnish sauna composed of curved wooden slats on its upper level and a pool stretching outside through the overgrown green facade.
All told, the resort now comprises seven buildings, temporarily shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Apfelhotel, by the way, is named for the apples cultivated in the valley. Torgglerhof is the old name of the family farm.
Project Team: Lukas Rungger; Christian Rottensteiner; Franco Zagato; Barbara Runggatscher; Joanna Lehnis.