The word chalet should not be misleading. No windows with heart carvings or rustic flowered balconies, so to speak.
Wood (impregnated larch, blackened by the sun) is obviously the protagonist, but here it is expressed with essentiality and graphic synthesis capable of summarizing centuries of local constructive identity.
Amus Chalets is a new mountain lodge divided into 14 independent single-family villas, designed by the Martin Gruber studio of Bressanone.
"The idea is to bring the guest as close as possible to nature, camouflaging the building in the landscape" explains the architect, who designed the chalets with a fully glazed facade facing south so as to project the view inside, while protecting while the privacy of the guests.
Each building is furrowed on the façade by a trellis of beams (Fachwerk), which recalls the traditional architecture of barns: "it is a constructive element and not a decorative one, it serves to contrast the horizontal force of the wind and signals that we are at a high altitude".
The complex has two types of chalets: eleven units with a classic pitched roof and a two-storey structure and three on one level, each extending over an area of 100 square meters for an availability of five beds .
Reception and restaurant are located in the main building known as the Nido, jutting out towards the valley.
Each chalet has a double bedroom, fireplace, kitchen, panoramic Finnish sauna and terrace with private hot pot fed by surgiva water.
The furniture is mainly made to measure, avoiding mass-produced or overly 'signature' pieces.
The fulcrum, even symbolic, of the interiors, fluid and open to flood the living room with light, is the fireplace.
However, this vies for attention with another protagonist of the main room: a vertical spur of quartzite, a rock with green reflections that acts as a separation wall between the bathtub and the shower area and is found, en pendant, even in the sculpted monolithic washbasin.
"Each chalet was literally built around this boulder" continues the architect, underlining the design need to emphasize the use of natural materials inside. Naturally, these include wood, also reclaimed from old farmsteads.
"Wood is a poetic material, it 'bleeds' lymph, it turns grey, it deforms, like us humans, it is a living material.
Wood is capable of retaining the traces of time, for this reason it expresses a metaphysical element of passing, of waiting, of beauty. It is an important message to be conveyed by an architecture dedicated to tourism".
A tourism that is viewed with optimism, also in view of the 2026 Winter Olympic Games, given that the area will host biathlon competitions.