We’ve seen plenty of private residences clad in blackened timber to dramatic effect but never a structure larger than a single-family home. In South Tryol, an asymmetrical hiking lodge called Hotel Bühelwirt rises amid the Alps in northern Italy and commands quite a presence.
Angled toward the landscape with a facade of tinted wood, the six-story, 20-room hotel designed by local firm Pedevilla Architects blends into the deep greens and darks of the surrounding forests while simultaneously framing views from each unit. Its general shape is inspired by the region’s traditional hiking hotels, but its asymmetrically mounted pitched roof and “diagonally protruding” bay windows make it entirely new.
Inside, each room features locally sourced larch wood, a minimalist decor scheme including handcrafted copper lamps, and, most importantly, breathtaking views of the mountains by way of deep, offset bay windows. Some rooms even come with balconies. Standard room rates start at 60 euro, or about $74. Have a look.