Oberholz Mountain Hut by Peter Pichler Architecture and Pavol Mikolajcak Architekt
In 2015, Peter Pichler Architecture and Pavol Mikolajcak Architekt won a competition to design the Oberholz Mountain Hut. Located at an altitude of 2.000m in the Italian Dolomites, next to the cable station Oberholz in Obereggen, the hut contains a restaurant and offers a cozy place to relax, great Italian food and stunning mountain views.
Oberholz Mountain Hut splits into three volumes that lift off the hillside and face towards surrounding mountains in the area.
“The cantilevering structure grows out of the hill like a fallen tree with three main branches creating a symbiosis with the landscape. Each of them is facing towards the three most important surrounding mountains. At the end of the branches a large glass facade frames the surrounding mountains from the interior of the hut,” explained the architects.
“The sloped roof shape of the glasses takes his inspiration from typical huts in the area, while the branching roof and complex structural interior expresses a new and contemporary interpretation of the classic mountain hut,” explained the architects.
The entire mountain hut is constructed with wood: structural elements and interior in spruce, the facade in larch, furniture in oak - all typical woods from the area.
As the architects told 10 Stunning Homes: “The interior is defined by a complex, curvilinear and visible wood structure that gradually fades into walls and creates so called ‘pockets’ for intimacy. It could also be seen as a new open space interpretation of the classic “Stube”, well known in typical structures of the area.”
The ground floor of the hut consists of the main restaurant / lounge area. The bar is located next to the entrance and is directly connected to the restaurant. The restaurant’s kitchen and food storage / delivery space are also located on the ground floor.
The main restrooms, staff room and technical facilities occupy the basement floor. The outdoor space is defined by a big terrace oriented towards the southwest.
The restaurant is now open to visitors.
Photography by: Oskar Dariz, Jens Rüßmann