The Schlosshotel project bears the signature of Studio aledolci&co. by architect Alessandro Dolci, based in Egna (Bz). The interior contractor is Concreta, a Valtellina company from Postalesio (Sondrio), which takes care of the hotel furniture and, more generally, high-level contract solutions. At the Schlosshotel, Concreta's intervention found expression in the supply and installation of custom and standard furnishings.
Schlosshouse is a two-storey detached house connected to the hotel services: lounge, SchlossSpa, CBDSpa and Schlosssport. The design of the facades and interiors are the work of Studio aledolci & co. The exteriors synthesize high-performance materials as required by the rigidity of the climate and traditional solutions, maintaining the dialogue with the main hotel building. The distribution of the interiors is flexible: it is possible to create various compositions according to customer needs: one apartment per floor consisting of living room, kitchen and three bedrooms, kitchen and two bedrooms or single bedrooms. The connection with the hotel is via the lift and through a Winter Garten which connects the lounge and reception areas, hosting a reading, play and relaxation area open to the entire hotel.
The new Schlosshotel Spa was also designed by Studio aledolci & co. In a generous space of 350 square meters, you can enjoy unique moments of well-being and comfort. Downstairs, a new fitness area and a room reserved for training and yoga. The project had to optimize the available space and its peculiarities. An underground space focuses on a fundamental theme: lighting. A cavity that partially opened on one side of the volume was an interesting design starting point. “Generally we tend to favor relaxing environments in the view towards the windows and in the intake of natural light”, explains Alessandro Dolci. “In the relaxation areas you can read and enjoy the view when available. Another environment that we favor in the view is the sauna so that, especially in the mountains, the outside air can be used for cooling as well as for oxygenation. For all these activities we used the cavity. We were interested in giving a connotation to the concrete wall that surrounded the cavity but it could be narrow and here the graphics were a possible way to go, when we still didn't know if it would be feasible. But by now the project had taken its first steps “.
The main relaxation area overlooks the interspace and can be perceived from the entrance, through glass and wood filter walls. The Finnish sauna, the largest and hottest, and the ice room that acts as a vestibule for the exit to the outside also overlook the cavity. “For us”, Alessandro Dolci concludes, “it is important to differentiate the type of emission in the underground floors and here the direct light is combined with the indirect one. Indirect light diffuses closer to the natural one within the project. The main choice of this project was, in fact, to connote all the wings illuminated in an indirect / natural way with the wallpaper graphics ”.
In this way the Spa becomes a kind of bathyscaphe that allows you to look out on an original outside world told by the illustrations printed on the paper. The chosen graphics represent a submerged way and for shapes, scale, color and directionality of the drawings, a fundamental element of the project immediately appeared, so much so that it has never been changed. In addition to the cavity, it is also found in the reaction paths, in the emotional showers, as a backsplash in the herbal tea room and in the treatment rooms. In all these spaces, although so different from each other in conception and type of use, the principle is the same, loud and clear: the decorated walls are as if they overlook an outside world and the Spa is a bathyscaphe that magically leads to visit it.
Photo: Gianni Baumann