Commercial Use

Oberholz Mountain Hut

Obereggen, Italy

Wintertime Ambiance 1 | Wintertime Ambiance
A sculpture of a mountain hut, citing the local building culture through its intense use of wood.
Design: Built at an altitude of around 2 000 meters next to the Oberholz ropeway station, the new mountain hut grows out of the slope like a fallen tree, forming a symbiotic relationship with the landscape. The externally visible parts of the building are guided by elements of the local building culture, for instance the roof shape, while the complex interior reinterprets the layout of traditional Dolomite Alps mountain huts. The large glass facades of the three building segments face the three most important mountains in the vicinity, opening the view spectacularly for the guests of the restaurant.

Wood: The loadbearing and non-loadbearing timber elements, as well as the furniture, are entirely made out of wood from the Alpine region. Other than spruce for the loadbearing structure and the interior finishing, larch was used for the facade and oak for the furniture. All pieces were processed and constructed by local craftsmen.

Energy: The employment of sustainable technologies such as a geothermal heat pump helped the building to be a lowest-energy building and reach the Casa Clima class A certificate.
Mountain View 2 | Mountain View
Nighttime View 3 | Nighttime View
Prefabrication 4 | Prefabrication
Construction Site 5 | Construction Site
Basic information
Year of Completion |  2016
Investor |  Obereggen AG/SpA, Deutschnofen/Nova Ponente (IT)
Architecture |  Peter Pichler in cooperation with Pavol Mikolajcak, Milan (IT)
Structural Engineering |  Wood structure: Dr. Ing. Andreas Erlacher, Bozen/Bolzano (IT)
Construction Time |  8 months
Plot size |  1 432 m²
Gross floor area |  634 m²
Awards |  The Plan Award 2017; Ristorante d’autore – Archilovers 2017; Emerging architect of the year, Dezeen Awards 2017 (Nominierung)

Technical aspects
Concept |  Wood-concrete hybrid
Woodworking |  LignoAlp, Brixen/Bressanone (IT); construction company: Pfeifer Bau Srl, Deutschnofen/Nova Ponente (IT)
Origin of Timber, Certification |  Southern Germany (DE), Austria (AT), PEFC
Traceability of Timber |  Attested by PEFC certificate
Forestry Value Chain |  Exclusively construction companies from South Tyrol (IT)
Energy Efficiency Standard |  CasaClima A
Energy Systems |  Geo-thermal heat pump
Energy Consumption  |  36 kWh/m²a (heating energy demand)
U-Value Wall | Roof | Floor | Windows (W/(m²K)) |  0,14 | 0,14 | – | 0,6

Cost Saving

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