South Tyrolean architect Peter Pichler interprets the vernacular architecture of the barn by tracing sinuous elliptical cuts on the black larch facade – segmented and staggered – of the Hotel Milla Montis. Surrounded by green alpine meadows and the imposing Dolomite peaks. Inside, Scaletta by Tubes warms and furnishes minimal, sophisticated and relaxing spaces

Welcoming, restful and at the same time imposing like the Dolomite peaks that stand out around, l'Hotel Milla Montis is inspired by the idyllic landscape of the surroundings of Maranza in South Tyrol. A wood and stone structure that radiates the link with nature, materials, history and local traditions.

To design the elegant relais, a specialist in mountain architecture, the Peter Pichler Architecture studio. Born in Bolzano, Milanese by adoption and globetrotter for the internationality of projects, Pichler has always expressed in the buildings he designs all the richness and vitality of his Dolomites.

The hotel is inspired by the vernacular architecture of South Tyrol, in particular the traditional wooden barn, of which Peter Pichler's studio proposes a contemporary interpretation that fits with respect and sensitivity into the surrounding places and their history.

BMI Italia, a leading company in the flat and pitched roof sector, contributed to the project and was responsible for supplying the roofing material. Specifically, the Pichler studio has chosen the performing Tegal Innotech mineral tile by BMI Wierer which in aesthetics recalls pitched slate roofs. In addition to its excellent waterproof performance, it is highly resistant to breaking loads, frost and trampling.

The imposing structure is segmented into four staggered volumes, uniformed by an elegant and material covering in black larch. The sophisticated and dynamic style is reflected in the large curved cuts in the facades. All the rooms and common areas - the bar, the restaurant and the spa - have large openings, a source of light and airiness, which turn towards the mountains.

Great attention was paid to enhancing the local context. The history, traditions and typical elements of the South Tyrolean mountains are at the center of the project, starting from the materials used. Wood dominates both outside and inside: the black larch of the facade contrasts with the light ash of the spaces and furniture of the rooms and common areas. The loden, a woolen fabric typical of Tyrol, chosen in an intense green shade covers some accessories and furnishings to evoke the adjacent alpine meadows. But not only. The stones of the area have also been used in significant ways: Gneiss for the bar counter and slate to cover the baths and spas.

For the interior design project of the 30 rooms (from doubles to large suites with private sauna), the Peter Pichler Architecture studio, in search of a simple and non-invasive solution, far from the classic radiator, chose Scaletta by Tubes: a real its own piece of furniture  geometric, playful and functional  that personalizes spaces with balance, fitting gracefully into minimal, refined and relaxing environments.

Elegant and modern, light and essential, to distinguish Scaletta, designed by Elisa Gargan Giovannoni, is a design very distant from the traditional forms of the towel warmer. Furnishing element with a double function, as well as heating it can also be used simply to place towels or clothes. Versatile heating body that increases the comfort of the environment in which it is inserted, Scaletta is often chosen in the contract sector, hotels in particular. Electric powered, it can be activated when needed: a smart and sustainable choice.

Read here an interview with Elisa Gargan Giovannoni

There are numerous projects, interviews and insights published on the Interni site dedicated to Peter Pichler who talks about his relationship with the mountains (read the interview here) with particular reference to the Hotel Schgaguler project in Castelrotto. Not only in South Tyrol, the recent Tree Houses is in fact a concept of houses among the trees designed for Dawson Lake, in West Virginia, in the United States (read here).