The Zallinger Refuge hotel recreates the traditional alpine experience, with wooden chalets that slide open to reveal the mountain views.
The huts are designed by local collective Noa*, who wanted to recreate the appearance of a typical South Tyrolean mountain pasture. Each cabin is wrapped in interlocking blocks of wood, which shield the reflection of windows when shut – so nearby guests can enjoy the scenery distraction-free.
The Zallinger Refuge hotel takes over a site dating back almost 200 years, that was once home to a church and several barns. Noa* based its cabin design on these original barns, but used prefabricated parts that have a minimal impact on the environment.
Car traffic is kept to a minimum in the area – with guests arriving by bus or snowcat – and lighting has also been reduced, with guests encouraged to navigate the snowy paths using lanterns instead. Once safely inside, the cabins are all warm wood, felt cushions and velvet seating, for cosying up at the end of the day.