A series of wooden pillars shapes a hotel facade in the Alps

MoDusArchitects renovates and expands a 1930s hotel, adding a new wing and enhancing the facade. 

Located on the South Tyrolean plateau of the Alpe di Siusi, Icaro Hotel is an accommodation facility renovated and extended by MoDusArchitects. Originally a 1930s chalet, the volume overlooks the mountain landscape, part of the Dolomites UNESCO natural heritage site.

The studio expanded the underground car park, added a staff accommodation building and a new wing with eight rooms, and reorganised all the common areas, which also include a wellness centre with swimming pool.

A new loggia of wooden columns characterises the main facade, referring to a row of trees that becomes a distinctive feature of the project. The new elevation is characterised by 13 trestle pillars 7.5 metres high which connect the ground floor to the roof and serve as a frame for the rooms. Materials and furnishings fit into the space, dialoguing with the landscape, and enveloped in vibrant, welcoming colours.

Icaro Hotel
Alpe di Siusi, Castelrotto (Bolzano, Italy)
MoDusArchitects (Sandy Attia, Matteo Scagnol)
Project team:
Sandy Attia, Matteo Scagnol, Filippo Pesavento
Structural engineer:
Ing. Ulrich Kauer (KS Engineering)
Mechanical engineer:
Ing. Kurt Tröbinger (KTB Engineering)
Electrical engineer:
Ing. Mirko Beikircher (KTB Engineering)
Ing. Ulrich Kauer (KS Engineering)
Lighting Consultant:
Lichtstudio Eisenkeil
General contractor:
Mahlknechtbau AB GmbH
Kritzinger Srl
Hydraulic and mechanical systems:
Mulser Karl
Electrical systems:
Elektro Nicolussi KG
Angelika Sattler
5,040 sqm (total area); annexation (underground floor 1,360 sqm, upper floors 550 sqm)

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